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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

Shot for Shot: 'The Witches' (2020 vs. 1990)

Does Robert Zemeckis' The Witches film look familiar? Check out our side-by-side comparison with scenes from Nicolas Roeg's 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel.

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Storyline

A recently orphaned young boy is taken to a seaside hotel in England by his grandmother, who is recuperating after an illness.. Also staying at their hotel is a group of witches who 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!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the book, the soup is green pea soup. In the film, it's cress soup. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning, Erica's mother says, "Come in Helga, have some cake", but she's mouthing something different. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Castle Ra-Tim-Bum (1999) See more »

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A film that scared the hell out of me as a kid
10 May 2004 | by Greatwhitewhale2See all my reviews

No doubt Roald Dahl is a great children's author but maybe perhaps children will feel less scared reading the book than seeing it on film!

The story of a boy and his grandmother, finding out that the hotel they are staying at has a witches convention which is planning to turn all the children in England into mice is very well done. Though the major concerns I have is 1. The head witch in her real form 2. The scene when people turn into mice (espically the English kid) WARNING THOSE SCENES SCARE CHILDREN CAUSE IT SCARED ME! So parents, just put your arm around your kid the whole time, just in case.

Performances are good, espically from Angelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson. Jasen Fisher is quite a cheesy lead to have, I reckon.

A good family movie with very scary scenes so I'll warn you there.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,221,402, 26 August 1990

Gross USA:

$10,360,553

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,360,553
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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