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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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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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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?


An unexpected problem that director Griffin Dunne encountered was the number of takes both actresses needed to nail each scene. Sandra Bullock would generally do it in 2 or 3 takes but Nicole Kidman had just spent the last 18 months working with Stanley Kubrick on _Eyes Wide Shut_ and had gotten into the habit of doing 70 or 80. See more »


When in his room with Sally, Gary Hallet takes off his jacket twice. 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 The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Nowhere and Everywhere
Written by Michelle Lewis and Wayne Cohen
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Deliciously Wicked....!!!!!!!!!!
26 October 1998 | by (St. Petersburg, FL) – See all my reviews


Through this autumn's movie mediocrity, comes a fresh, fun and deliciously wicked movie by acclaimed actor/director Griffin Dunne. I must first point out that I did not read the book... and also that I am male (drawing attention to this fact since most of my male friends would not be caught DEAD in a male-bashing, chick flick dark comedy that reeks in the celebration of womankind!)

Sondra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are devilishly sexy as the spell-casting sisters doomed to be single for the rest of their natural life... and Stockard Channing and Diane Weist are also enchanting as their aunts that have raised them on chocolate cake and midnight margaritas! Aidan Quinn rounds out the superb cast as a detective determined to find out the truth behind the disappearance of a wanted killer.

With a terrific soundtrack and an equally impressive musical score, Practical Magic will surprise and delight many a filmgoer who delves into the fantasy and fun of being bewitched!

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