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The Witches (1990)

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A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director:

Nicolas Roeg

Writers:

Roald Dahl (book), Allan Scott (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anjelica Huston ... Miss Ernst / Grand High Witch
Mai Zetterling ... Helga
Jasen Fisher ... Luke
Rowan Atkinson ... Mr. Stringer
Bill Paterson ... Mr. Jenkins
Brenda Blethyn ... Mrs. Jenkins
Charlie Potter ... Bruno Jenkins
Anne Lambton ... Woman in Black
Jane Horrocks ... Miss Irvine
Sukie Smith Sukie Smith ... Marlene
Rose English Rose English ... Dora
Jenny Runacre ... Elsie
Annabel Brooks Annabel Brooks ... Nicola
Emma Relph Emma Relph ... Millie
Nora Connolly Nora Connolly ... Beatrice
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Storyline

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children. Written by Rob Hartill

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Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they've turned into a mouse!


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maldición de las brujas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,360,553
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Felicity Dahl has stated that Roald Dahl never again requested someone for a role in his book after the producers of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) denied his request to cast Spike Milligan as the title character. But he was ecstatic when Anjelica Huston was cast as the Grand High Witch, as she had been Dahl's personal favorite for the role. See more »

Goofs

When Luke turns into a mouse, a character mark is visible on the floor by the Grand High Witch's feet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helga: When your father was a boy like you, and living with me here in Norway, I told him about witches too, so that he would always be aware. Now, the most important thing you should know about real witches is this - now listen very carefully! Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses, and they work in ordinary jobs.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits zooms towards the camera above an unknown snow landscape. See more »

Alternate Versions

All UK versions were cut by 2 seconds to secure a PG rating. The mouse transformation was slightly shortened and a shot of a witch's bloody scalp when she removes her wig was removed. See more »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Inherent Vice and Oscar Buzz (2015) See more »

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i've always thought this was a great movie
10 March 2005 | by ryanmcirishSee all my reviews

i've always thought this was a great movie since i was little, it was one of those movies that you'd go over to see at your grandma's on Halloween, just scary enough for a kid, where the'd be afraid, but not usually enough to give nightmares(although i can remember having a few from this- those with very small children be warned!) i felt that the tales that the grandmother spins are the tantalizing part of the movie, with them being treated as a joke in the beginning, but then going on to, not only back them up, but to show that they actually happened. i feel that this was a very well put together movie, and Anjelica Huston as the grand high witch gives the movie a special flavor, like she was meant to play the role. If i talk much more i'll end up giving the thing away, so i'll leave you with this- it's a wonderful movie for kids, and, for hose adults who haven't seen it, when watching, keep in mind that this is a children's movie:) enjoy!!


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