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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.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Robert Zemeckis (screenplay by), Kenya Barris (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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In the book, the unmasked face of the Grand High Witch is described as crumpled, decaying, and shriveled, with her mouth and cheeks being cankered and worm-eaten, and serpent like eyes. In the film, the face of the Grand High Witch is mostly seen with only a few blemishes, a blistered scalp, and is considerably less gruesome. However, as she pulls off her wig, she can clearly be seen pulling a worm out of her scalp and eating it. Furthermore, while looking in a mirror, she appears to be using some enchantment to conceal her real face, which briefly shows as horribly decayed and riddled with holes. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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There is no Distributed By Warner Brothers Logo after the credits. See more »

Connections

References Get Smart (2008) See more »

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(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
Written by Steve Cropper (as Stephen Lee Cropper), Otis Redding
Performed by Otis Redding
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK 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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Official Sites:

HBO Max [United States]

Country:

USA | Mexico | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,900,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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