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Practical Magic (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 October 1998 (USA)
Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting 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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$48,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$46,611,204 (USA) (1 January 1999)
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Aidan Quinn's character, Gary Hallet, has something called heterochromia iridium. Heterochromia (from the Latin "hetero" for different + "chromia" for color) iridium is a harmless condition in which one iris is colored partially or completely different than the other iris. Although it is fairly rare in humans, there are some celebrities with this condition, such as Kate Bosworth, Mila Kunis, and Jane Seymour and to name a few. See more »

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Sally goes to get Jimmy's bottle of tequila to tempt him when they are trying to exorcise him from Gillian. But when Sally realized the tequila was Jimmy's when they were drinking midnight margaritas, she threw it in the sink and the bottle broke. So there was no bottle of tequila at the house. They wouldn't have bought Jimmy's special brand to have on hand for margaritas. See more »

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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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Written by Lisa Hall, Nip Heeley, Paul Hopkinson and Steve Ludlam
Performed by Lisahall
Produced by David Kahne (uncredited)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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