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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 teenagers, 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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Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
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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?


The ballad hit "Almost Unreal" by Swedish pop duo Roxette was originally meant to be included in the movie's soundtrack, but it was dropped and used in Super Mario Bros. (1993) instead. See more »


The movie takes place on Halloween, 1993. The first part of the movie shows Max at school, yet Halloween 1993 was on a Sunday. See more »


Winifred Sanderson: Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me SICK!
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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 »


Referenced in Bubble Puppy's Fin-tastic Fairytale Adventure (2012) See more »


Row Row Row Your Boat
Sung A Cappella by Tobias Jelinek and Larry Bagby
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User Reviews

Bewitching Bette
5 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is funny, scary, but warm and human all at once. It emphasizes the value of families working together to help each other and does not create confusing messages about good and evil. It's a fast-paced comedy that does not trivialize the characters. Bette Midler's rendition of "I've Put a Spell on You" shows the depth of her talent as a singer/stage performer. The divine Ms. Bette has great chemistry with both Kathy Naijimy (how does she get her mouth to do that?), and Sarah Jessica Parker (amok, amok, amok). While the scary factor with corpses and death may not be appropriate for very small children, the movie is lots of fun for the whole family.

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