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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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 their reign of terror once and for all.

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Cast

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Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
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Headless Billy Butcherson
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Storyline

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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It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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

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16 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Abracadabra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,514,713
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rosie O'Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson. O'Donnell claims on her blog that she turned down the offer to work with Bette Midler because she didn't want to be a "scary witch." See more »

Goofs

Immediately after "regaining" their youth, when Sarah Sanderson turns around and opens her mouth wide, one of Sarah Jessica Parker's fillings is visible in her lower left jaw. See more »

Quotes

Dani: Officer! Officer!
Allison: Officer, we need your help.
Cop: What's the problem?
Dani: [to Max] Tell him.
Allison: Go ahead.
Max: [nervously] Well, um well, you see I just moved here. Well, you see? It's like this: I I um broke into the old Sanderson house and I brought the witches back from the dead. See, I even have the book.
Cop: [disapprovingly] You lit the Black Flamed Candle?
Max: Yeah.
Cop: Come on. Okay, let's get on the sidewalk.
Dani: And he's a virgin.
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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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Produced and Arranged by Marc Shaiman
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User Reviews

 
The critics couldn't be more off-target!
1 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

While I've been enjoying this film for years, I only recently decided to read some reviews for it, and am shocked! The truth is, this film is a wonderfully comical and charming tale of three Salem witches that are resurrected by a teenage boy, who, with the help of his little sister and love interest, must try to stop them from stealing the souls of children. This movie really sparkles in the representations of the witches, who are all cast perfectly. Bette Midler provides for a hilarious and almost frightening Winifred (the leader), Sarah Jessica Parker shines as the sexy, dim-witted Sarah, and Kathy Najimy is marvelous as the funny, perky Mary. What makes the film even better is that there are two stunning musical numbers--Midler's delightful "I Put a Spell on You" and Parker's hypnotic "Come, Little Children." Ignore the critics, "Hocus Pocus" is perfect not only for Halloween, but for any time of the year!


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