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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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Max
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Emily (as Amanda Shepherd)
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Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
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Jay
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Thackery
Steve Voboril ...
Elijah
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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 (156) »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Abracadabra  »

Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,430,123 (UK) (12 November 1993)

Gross:

$39,514,713 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the film, after his teacher has finished telling the Sanderson Sisters' story, Max can be seen doodling on a piece of paper. The doodle reads "the grateful dead," and also depicts a marijuana leaf above it. See more »

Goofs

In earlier scenes before entering Max's house, Allison's forehead is clear. When she walks into Max's house while the Dennison's are calling for their parents, she has a smudge of dirt on her head. See more »

Quotes

Ernie "Ice": [Jay and Ice are locked in cages] Hollywood, help us out here!
[Max takes his shoes back from Ice]
Max: Tubular.
[Ice whimpers]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Hocus Pocus (2015) 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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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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