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Season of the Witch (1972)

Hungry Wives (original title)
R | | Drama | 18 April 1973 (USA)
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A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.

Director:

George A. Romero

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan White ... Joan Mitchell
Raymond Laine Raymond Laine ... Gregg Williamson (as Ray Laine)
Ann Muffly Ann Muffly ... Shirley Randolph
Joedda McClain ... Nikki Mitchell
Bill Thunhurst Bill Thunhurst ... Jack Mitchell
Neil Fisher Neil Fisher ... Dr. Miller
Esther Lapidus Esther Lapidus ... Sylvia
Dan Mallinger Dan Mallinger ... Sergeant Frazer
Daryl Montgomery Daryl Montgomery ... Larry
Ken Peters Ken Peters ... John Fuller
Shirlee Strasser Shirlee Strasser ... Grace
Robert Trow ... Detective Mills (as Bob Trow)
Jean Wechsler Jean Wechsler ... Gloria
Charlotte Carter Charlotte Carter ... Mary
MaLynda Parker MaLynda Parker ... Patty (as Linda Creagan)
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Storyline

Joan Mitchell is an unhappy, suburban housewife pushing 40, who has an uncommunicative businessman husband, named Jack, and a distant 19-year-old daughter, named Nikki, on the verge of moving out of the house. Frustrated at her current situation, Joan seeks solace in witchcraft after visiting Marion Hamilton, a local tarot reader and leader of a secret black arts wicca set, who inspires Joan to follow her own path. After dabbling a little in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world and sinks deeper and deeper into her new lifestyle until the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and eventually tragedy results. Written by matt-282

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Night is Halloween.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Season of the Witch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original title was Jack's Wife, which could be seen on VHS copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

The name on the MasterCharge card Joan uses to buy her witchcraft supplies is "George A Romero". See more »

Quotes

Jack: Your own goddamned daughter, balled in the next room and you go with it.
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Alternate Versions

Originally filmed and released in 1971 under the title "Hungry Wives" which ran at 130 minutes, the movie was re-edited for foreign distribution and re-released as "Jack's Wife" a year later, running at 104 minutes. In response to George A. Romero's successful release of "Creepshow" in 1982, "Jack's Wife" was released on home video as "Season of the Witch" with the running time trimmed further to 89 minutes. The current video version runs 104 minutes which is the original overseas version titled "Jack's Wife." See more »


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Season of the Witch
Written and Performed by Donovan
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2 April 2006 | by janinawhtSee all my reviews

Hi everyone, I'm Jan White and I starred in this little opus 35 years ago. Just want to comment on a few of your comments and add a little info that I know.

1. I am not sure if that was Marilyn Eastman because I don't think I ever knew full names of two of these gals playing cards.

2. I wish I too knew what happened to Joedda she was a lovely girl.

3. The Title of "Season of the Witch" was given to "Jacks Wife" aka "Hungary Wives" because of the featured Donovan song in the film. Not to compete with "Halloween." My film came out first with the name, I remember when I heard the subtitle of "Halloween" I couldn't believe they would use the same name as my film.

4. I am not a teckie, so don't know all the technical things your talking about. I did lend Anchor Bay the 16 mm print I have of the original release of "Hungary Wives" which was the first release of the film and it is 98 minutes long. I have never seen a longer version and to my knowledge it does not exist. This DVD release is longer I believe, because they took a few clips they found and patched them in.


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