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The Witches (2020)

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A young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader.


Robert Zemeckis


Robert Zemeckis (screenplay by), Kenya Barris (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Older Hero Mouse (voice)
Jahzir Bruno ... Hero Boy
Octavia Spencer ... Grandma
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Reginald
Joseph Zinyemba ... Basketball Kid
Josette Simon ... Zelda
Jonathan Livingstone ... Raymond
Miranda Sarfo Peprah ... Young Grandma
Ashanti Prince-Asafo Ashanti Prince-Asafo ... Alice Blue
Lunga Skosana Lunga Skosana ... Grandma's Mother
Vivienne Acheampong ... Alice's Mum
Sobowale Antonio Bamgbose Sobowale Antonio Bamgbose ... Alice's Dad
Ken Nwosu ... Bellman
Arnaud Adrian Arnaud Adrian ... Concierge
Charles Edwards ... Mr Jenkins


Reimagining Roald Dahl's beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis's visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world's Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe-undercover-to carry out her nefarious plans. Zemeckis is joined by a world-class team of filmmakers, including Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris. The cast includes powerhouse performances from Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock, with newcomer Jahzir Kadeen Bruno as the brave young hero. Written by Warner Bros./HBOMax

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images/moments, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The hotel room number of the Grand High Witch is different in each version. In the 1983 book it is room 454, in the 1990 film it is 208, and in this version it is 666. (Hero Boy and Grandma stay in room 766) See more »


Mrs Jenkins face looks CGI'ed at the end when Granny is talking to her. See more »


[first lines]
Older Hero Mouse: [chuckles] All right, then. Where were we? Oh, yeah. That's right. Now, I remember. A note about witches. See, here's the thing about them: they're real! Witches are as real as a rock in your shoe. That's the first thing you need to know. The second thing you need to know, they're here! And they live amongst us... side by side, with humans. In every big city in every small town. For all you know, a witch might be living right next door to you right now. They're everywhere! A witch ...
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Crazy Credits

Very shortly into the credits, an epilogue cuts in and shows what the main characters are doing well after the main events of the story end. See more »


Reach Out I'll Be There
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland (as Edward Jr. Holland)
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of The Motown Record Company LP
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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The potential was there, but it never came through
22 October 2020 | by letitringSee all my reviews

So I wanted to like this and had some hopes for it, but it honestly fell pretty flat. I even thought that with actors like Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Anne Hathaway that it might be saved, and they were great in their roles as far as remaking/re-imagining movies go. But even with that, the grandmother is sort of a rehash of Spencer's character Minnie from The Help, Stanley Tucci hardly gets ANY screen time or character development, and Hathaway, while nailing so many of Angelica Houston's mannerisms, is still a bit overdone on her character. But also the remake lacks the character/story development, decent plot, dialogue and even the action and tense scenes from the original. And the transformation scenes (minus the one in the beginning which I thought was a good add) were extremely short with bad CGI. Overall, this was no improvement over the 1990 version, and not different enough to be all that good.

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Release Date:

22 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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