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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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Max
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Amanda Shepherd ...
Emily (as Amanda Shepherd)
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Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
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Jay
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Karyn Malchus ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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16 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Several scenes appear in the original trailer that are not included in any theatrical, VHS, or DVD version of the film. They include the kids attempting to push the witches into a pool, the witches being surrounded by trick-or-treaters holding out their hands, and Mary snacking in a grocery store only to be dragged out by Winifred. See more »

Goofs

In the cemetery for the first time, Winifred mocks Max by repeating "It's only hocus pocus". He said that before lighting the candle, so she couldn't have known it was said. 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

Referenced in Early Edition: Psychic (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Performed by Joseph Malone (as Joe Malone)
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Bewitching Bette
5 July 2005 | by 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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