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Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  16 July 1993 (USA)
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After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily (as Amanda Shepherd)
Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
Karyn Malchus ...
Steve Voboril ...


300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence... Written by anonymous

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halloween | cat | candle | spell | virgin | See All (154) »


It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abracadabra  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,430,123 (UK) (12 November 1993)


£1,992,531 (UK) (10 December 1993)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rosie O'Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson, but it was ultimately given to Kathy Najimy. O'Donnell claims on her blog that she turned down the offer to work with the Divine Miss M (Bette Midler) because she didn't want to be a "scary witch". See more »


When Winnie is giving instructions to Billy, the broom handle is crooked when we see her from the front with a flat top of the handle. When the camera view is over her shoulder, the handle is straight and modern-looking. See more »


Sarah: What is this place?
Mary Sanderson: It reeks of children!
Winifred Sanderson: It is a prison for children.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the parents finally stop dancing and leave the building, exhausted; Jay and Ernie have been forgotten about and are still dangling in their cages, singing Row Row Row Your Boat, then the camera pans over to the spell book as the eye opens once more. See more »


References Halloween (1978) See more »


Written by Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Joseph Malone (as Joe Malone)
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A hilarious and exciting Halloween film
12 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hocus Pocus is one of those movies that I have enjoyed greatly for many years, even if it is a seasonal/holiday based film. This movie is just so fascinating to me for those fun aspects and qualities it contains that I could enjoy it on any watch. It has the right amount of funny that kept my eyes on the TV the whole time and my mouth wide open with laughter, and it seems many people forget that sometimes that's all we need from a movie to truly love and enjoy it.

With Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker being some of my favorite actresses, I decided that this was going to be a great Halloween flick to begin with, and it certainly turned out to be, for all the three witches put smiles on my faces, and even though this movie had some humorous features without the main three women casted in the film, they really were the most enjoyable and lovable of the film and most of the reason it is as enjoyable and lovable as it is, honestly. After watching this movie, Kathy Najimy actually turned out to be my favorite character though, because she was just plain out hilarious as her ditsy self, like when she flew on a vacuum.

All the Sanderson Sisters turned out to be funny and special in their own way, and like I said, Midler, Parker and Najimy's portrayal of them is really what makes this film for me, even though the story and other characters are just as entertaining and fun. Hocus Pocus is one of the movies that people just have to see at least once if they haven't, because after they see it they will want to watch it again and again, because it really is one of my favorite movies in general, and I hope more people will discover it and view it as greatly as I do. This movie is a magnificent, entertaining, really great and laughable adventure that will leave you in awe. I recommend it to everyone.

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