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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
7 April 1996 (USA) See more »
Magic powers. Great clothes. Dreamy guys. What more could a girl want for her sixteenth birthday? See more »
A girl, sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, finds out on her sixteenth birthday that she is a witch. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Melissa Joan Hart ... Sabrina Sawyer

Sherry Miller ... Aunt Hilda

Charlene Fernetz ... Aunt Zelda

Michelle Beaudoin ... Marnie Littlefield

Ryan Reynolds ... Seth
Tobias Mehler ... Harvey
Lalainia Lindbjerg ... Katy Lemore

Laura Harris ... Freddie

Kea Wong ... Fran
Jo Bates ... Coach
Janine Cox ... Sales Clerk

Biski Gugushe ... Larry

Tyler Labine ... Mark
Jim Swansburg ... Mr. Dingle
Noel Geer ... Jeff
Volton ... D.J.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cory Chetyrbok ... Science Class Student / Boy at Dance (uncredited)
Kevin Corey ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Tibor Takács  (as Tibor Takacs)
Writing credits
Barney Cohen (teleplay) &
Kathryn Wallack (teleplay) and
Nicholas Factor (teleplay)

Barney Cohen (story) &
Kathryn Wallack (story)

Produced by
Barney Cohen .... executive producer
Richard Davis .... producer
Paula Hart .... executive producer
Brian Irving .... associate producer
Alana H. Lambros .... producer
Kathryn Wallack .... executive producer
Original Music by
Greg De Belles  (as Greg DeBelles)
Cinematography by
Bernard Salzmann (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Daria Ellerman 
Casting by
Carol Kelsay 
Production Design by
John Kavelin 
Set Decoration by
Ian Nothnagel 
Costume Design by
Vicky Mulholland 
Makeup Department
Lili Marchenski .... key makeup artist
Barbara J. Wozniak .... key hair stylist (as Barb Wozniak)
James MacKinnon .... prosthetic and makeup effects designer (uncredited)
Production Management
Paul Mason .... executive in charge of production
Liz Staniforth .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Atkins .... first assistant director
Pete Whyte .... second assistant director
Matt Buckler .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Joann Kamay .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Cher Lewis .... property master
Rachel O'Toole .... set dresser
Jason Sutherland .... assistant art director
Harry Vanderschee .... construction manager
Kevin Wade McDonald .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ken Biehl .... re-recording mixer (as Ken Beihl)
Roger Morris .... re-recording mixer
Michael Playfair .... boom operator
Vince Renaud .... re-recording mixer
Roger Stafeckis .... sound mixer
Dale Chaloukian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Stephen Cheung .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
David Hadder .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rae Reedyk .... special effects coordinator
Stuart Rowsell .... creature technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Eric Alba .... visual effects supervisor
Steward Burris .... computer graphic artist: North West Imaging & FX (uncredited)
Darin Hilton .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Paul Patrick Quinn .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Tom Raycove .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Thomas Schelesny .... computer graphics artist (uncredited)
Marusha Xeros .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Adrian David .... stunt double: Ms. Hart
Ben Derrick .... stunt coordinator
Joanne Hudson .... stunt double: Ms. Hart
Clayton J. Barber .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Karen Sheperd .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Campbell .... gaffer
Dean Emerick .... best boy electric
Irwin Figueira .... best boy
Jim Garrison .... focus puller
Tony Mirza .... best boy electric
Philippe Palu .... dolly grip
Philippe Palu .... key grip
Carole Segal .... still photographer
Scott H. Birnkrant .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
John-David Hutchison .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Andy Kessler .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Tim Palgut .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Linda LaBelle .... extras casting (as Linda Labelle)
Michelle Lang .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Robyn Owen .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kristin Campbell .... assistant costume designer
Rosi Gabl .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Sydney Conrad Shapiro .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mindy Green .... post-production coordinator
Hal Harrison .... post-production executive
Nancy McCabe .... post-production coordinator
Trevor Mirosh .... assistant editor
Alan Chudnow .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Don Knodel .... location manager
Benjamin C. Dewey .... location manager (uncredited)
Darcy Wild .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
John La Salandra .... music editor (as John Lasalandra)
E. Gedney Webb .... music editor
Danny Lux .... composer: main theme (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Daryl Archibald .... transport captain
Ben Derrick .... transportation coordinator
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Leri Davies .... publicist
Evelyn D. Friesen .... craft service (as Evelyn Dawn Friesen)
Evelyn D. Friesen .... first aid (as Evelyn Dawn Friesen)
Richard Goldwater .... executive consultant
Byron Jack .... track and field advisor
Wendy Ladret .... production accountant
Susan Lambie .... script supervisor
Sam Letourneau .... stand-in: Ms. Hart
Laurie McLay .... production coordinator
Michael Silberkleit .... executive consultant
April Telek .... utility stand-in
Mark Waters .... animal coordinator
Gina-Raye Carter .... body double: "Morgan" (uncredited)
Darren Cissell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kelly Johnson .... key craft service (uncredited)
Kelly Johnson .... key first aid (uncredited)
Ian Lyons .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Schneider .... legal counsel (uncredited)
Tim Weske .... sword fight coordinator (uncredited)
Larry Block .... special thank you
Bob Waterman .... special thank you: Personal Trainer for Melissa Joan Hart
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Sabrina's surname was changed from 'Sawyer' to 'Spellman' for the television series, whilst Marnie Littlefield was renamed Jenny Kelley.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Katie is sitting in her red car, being informed about the pin the tail on the donkey game at Sabrina's party, as she pulls out of her parking space you can see the reflection of a crew-member in the side of her car.See more »
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A Fascinating Dynamic, 3 July 2016
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

"A girl, sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts and attend a new high school, finds out on her sixteenth birthday that she is a witch". This premise sets up Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) to be a blend of "Bewitched" and "Mean Girls".

This teen movie belongs to the "high-school-queen-bee-gets-her-comeuppance" sub-genre of which there are endless examples. Apparently there is a huge viewing demographic who on some basic level repeatedly get off erotically or emotionally on this humiliation dynamic. The friendship and coming-of-age elements are almost incidental to the story.

More central for your thinking viewer are the moral dilemma and ethical considerations raised by the story. Sabrina competes with other girls in track and field events; winning several of them by using her powers to cheat. Little effort is made to show her in any sort of quandary over her decision to cheat. The story hedges a bit on this issue, as her magic is mostly used in response to unwarranted attacks by her rival; but in several of the track & field events her cheating makes losers out of all the other participants and no attempt is made at rationalization or justification.

The problem with casting someone like Melissa Joan Hart as your good girl love interest is the absence of even a hint of physical sizzle. Which means that to stay remotely credible with viewers, the bad girl she plays off has to be several erotic levels below Megan Fox; hence Tori Spelling lookalike Lalainia Lindbjerg as Katy Lemore (apparently a play on L'Amore). And Hart's rival Libby in the 1996-2003 series would be played by the even less sizzling Jenna Leigh Green. Which makes their inevitable comeuppances almost sterile. And since Katy does not rank especially high on the queen bee badness scale Sabrina's extreme revenge is way out of proportion. To appreciate the missed opportunity just check out Samantha's inspired abuse of rival Sheila Sommers (played by gorgeous Nancy Kovack) in several episodes of "Bewitched".

But the producers should get some credit for a glammed up Katy in the "Zapped" (1982) inspired final comeuppance scene. Although Sabina has tortured Katy throughout the movie she saves the most extreme for the end, reducing her rival to a disheveled and whimpering wreck. With this "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" sets a new standard in teen movie queen bee degradation, if that is your idea of a turn on or a good time. Going any further with this sort of thing would cross into "Carrie" territory and that is an entirely different genre.

Sabina's bad boy hunk Seth is played by sleepy looking Ryan Reynolds, he is relatively harmless and almost cluelessly disengaged. Reynolds would play an almost identical character three years later in "Dick". "Dead Like Me's" Daisy - Laura Harris - plays one of Katy's friends and has a lot of what the main actresses are missing.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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