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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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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 their reign of terror once and for all.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Shepherd ...
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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Plot Keywords:

halloween | cat | candle | spell | virgin | See All (155) »


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)


$39,514,713 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


October 31st, 1993 was a Sunday-but the film has the kids in school on Halloween. See more »


When Max first gives Allison his number the 9 is hardly legible, but once they are outside and she returns the paper the 9 is clearly printed showing that it's an obvious different sheet of paper. See more »


Thackery Binx: Elijah! Elijah!
[he runs up to Elijah]
Thackery Binx: Hast thou seen my sister Emily?
Elijah: Nay. But look.
[he points to purple smoke in the sky]
Elijah: They conjure.
Thackery Binx: Oh, God. The woods!
[he and Elijah run towards the field and see Sarah leading Emily into the woods]
Thackery Binx: Emily!
Elijah: She's done for.
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Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney logo at the start is tinted blue (the one at the end has the usual coloring). See more »


Featured in The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) See more »


Divertimento #17 In D, K. 334: III. Menuetto & Trio
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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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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