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Practical Magic (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Romance  |  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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For two sisters from a family of witches, falling in love is the trickiest spell of all. See more »

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?


Set on an island in New England, but filmed in the San Juan Strait, Washington State on the west coast due to weather and financial reasons. See more »


When Gillian is driving to see Sally after the death of Sally's husband the lighting changes but the scenery doesn't. She may have left so late that it was soon light. 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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Spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »


Written by James Di Salvio (as James DiSalvio), Jayne Hill, Haig Vartzbedian and Adam Chaki
Performed by Bran Van 3000
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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The Witches of Eastwick with a twist of lemon . . . .
19 March 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I liked Practical Magic a lot. I didn't think I would because it was about two sisters and seems to be a "chick flick". However, there was a lot more to the movie than the relationship between Gillian and Sally Owens. For example, Gillian is possessed by the soul of her cruel mate after Sally accidentally kills him with too much magic. Also, the Owens curse plays a pivotal role in the movie. I was surprised by the movie and I know it should have made a lot more money, but the timing of the release was probably wrong. Good actors, and good direction. I bet the book is good too.

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