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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.


Nicolas Roeg


Roald Dahl (book), Allan Scott (screenplay)
2,590 ( 497)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La maldiciĆ³n de las brujas See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film reflects on the real life dangers of stranger abduction, child cruelty and child murders: In the film, Erica is abducted by a witch when Erica is seen walking alone through an alleyway. The Woman in Black tempts Luke by offering him a bar of chocolate and a snake to lure him from his treehouse and so she can abduct him. The Grand High Witch gives Bruno a bar of chocolate which she has spiked with formula 86 which happens off-screen. The Grand High Witch plots to wipe out every child in England by transforming into mice. The Grand High Witch attempts to kill a baby by pushing the pram down a hill which Luke stops the pram from going over a cliff into the water. The Woman in Black steps on and kills the Witch cook which she mistakes the Witch cook for a child ignoring the Witch cook's warning that formula 86 is in the crest soup. See more »


When Luke is playing in his tree house, the witch in black catches his fallen toy airplane. When she throws the plane back up to the tree house, a string is attached to the front of the plane, pulling it into the branches. See more »


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


Referenced in Okay ka, fairy ko! (1991) See more »

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A Children's Masterpiece! A good movie for all!
27 June 2001 | by pikespeakSee all my reviews

"The Witches" is funny, and a little scary for those who haven't seen it. Music, Effects, Acting, Editing, and overall production of the film is a plus.

Anjelica Huston is terrific and Jasen Fisher is pretty good as Luke.

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