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Practical Magic (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  16 October 1998 (USA)
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The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens have a special bond with each other despite being different in personality and outlook. Having grown up with their spinster Aunts Frances and Jet in the long time Owens family home on an island off the coast of Massachusetts following the death of their father and then their mother, they are the latest in a long line of witches. Rumors of the Owens women being witches have existed for generations in the small close minded town in which they live, despite there being no hard evidence. The Owens women are also under a curse that any man with who they fall in love is doomed. With this experience, extroverted Gilly decides to leave the island to live life to the fullest, in the process falling for Jimmy Angelov, an ethnic Bulgarian who grew up near Transylvannia. More introspective Sally, who has sworn off the use of magic except in its most practical sense, has taken measures not to fall in love because of the curse, but ends up falling for and marrying ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense thematic elements and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hechizo de amor  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,104,694 (USA) (16 October 1998)


£2,987,705 (UK) (19 February 1999)

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Did You Know?


The name of Sally's botanical shop is Verbena. Verbena is a flowering plant that has long been associated with divine and supernatural forces. See more »


The end credits misspell the name of the town of Coupeville, Washington (whom the producers thank). They leave off the first "e". See more »


[first lines]
Aunt Frances Owens: For more than 200 years we Owens women have been blamed by everything that's ever gone wrong in this town.
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References Bill Cosby: Himself (1983) See more »


A Case Of You
Written and Performed by Joni Mitchell
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Way better than the score would indicate
26 December 1999 | by (Los Gatos, CA) – See all my reviews

Light and easy, suspenseful in parts, funny, charming. How you'd expect normal ladies to act if they happened to be witches. I spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon with this film. Best part is when they use the PTA phone tree to recruit a coven. Watch it, you won't be sorry

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