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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.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
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Miss Ernst / Grand High Witch
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Helga
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Luke
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Mr. Stringer
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Mr. Jenkins
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Mrs. Jenkins
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Bruno Jenkins
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Woman in Black
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Miss Irvine
Sukie Smith ...
Marlene
Rose English ...
Dora
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Elsie
Annabel Brooks ...
Nicola
Emma Relph ...
Millie
Nora Connolly ...
Beatrice
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Janice
Angelique Rockas ...
Henrietta (as Anjelique Rockas)
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Lady 1 (as Anne Tirard)
Leila Hoffman ...
Lady 2
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Head Chef
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Witch Chef
Brian Hawksley ...
Elderly Waiter
Debra Gillett ...
Waitress
Darcy Flynn ...
Luke's Mother
Vincent Marzello ...
Luke's Father
Serena Harragin ...
Doctor
Grete Nordrå ...
Norwegian Witch
Elsie Eide ...
Erica
Kristin Steinsland ...
Child Helga
Merete Armand ...
Erica's Mother
Ola Otnes ...
Erica's Father
Johan Sverre ...
Policeman
Arvid Ones ...
Policeman
Sverre Røssummoen ...
Policeman
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Old Witch at Meeting (uncredited)
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Afternoon Tea Waiter (uncredited)
Wendy Lowder ...
Witch at Meeting (uncredited)
Stella Tanner ...
Witch at Meeting (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nicolas Roeg

Written by

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Roald Dahl ... (book)
 
Allan Scott ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jim Henson ... executive producer
Mark Shivas ... producer
Dusty Symonds ... line producer

Music by

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Stanley Myers

Cinematography by

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Harvey Harrison

Film Editing by

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Tony Lawson

Editorial Department

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Jennie McClean ... post-production coordinator (as Jennie McClean-Cooke)
Margaret Thompson ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Celestia Fox

Production Design by

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Andrew Sanders

Art Direction by

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Norman Dorme ... supervising art director
John King

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Robin Tarsnane

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Marit Allen

Makeup Department

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Christine Beveridge ... key makeup artist (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Nigel Booth ... prosthetic makeup
Tricia Cameron ... hair stylist
Sally Harrison ... assistant makeup artist
Stephen Norrington ... makeup grand high witch (as Steve Norrington)
Sally Sutton ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Hans Otto Nicolayssen ... production manager: Norway

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mark Layton ... third assistant director
Callum McDougall ... second assistant director
Christopher Newman ... assistant director: second unit (as Chris Newman)
John Palmer ... second unit director
Barry Wasserman ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Bob Devine ... assistant construction manager
Geoff Kingsley ... construction manager (as Geoffrey Kingsley)
Ingeborg Kvamme ... assistant set designer: Norway
Jonathan McKinstry ... draughtsman
John Mills ... property master
Michael G. Ploog ... storyboard artist (as Mike Ploog)
Cliff Robinson ... draughtsman
Alfie Smith ... stand-by prop
Micky Swift ... chargehand props
Voytek ... production designer concepts
Don Worts ... property buyer
Paul Bradburn ... props (uncredited)
Peter Dorme ... art department assistant (uncredited)
Robert Jackson ... carpenter (uncredited)
David Ned Kelly ... carpenter (uncredited)
Micky Mills ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Philip Alton ... sound effects editor
Rodney Glenn ... dubbing editor
Derek Holding ... dialogue editor
Gerry Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Julian Rodd ... assistant dubbing editor
John Salter ... boom operator
Peter Sutton ... sound mixer
Ron Butcher ... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Joe Gallagher ... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)

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David Barrington-Holt ... mechanical designer
Chris Barton ... mechanical designer
Verner Gresty ... mechanical designer
Mike Osborn ... foam lab supervisor
William Plant ... animatronics coordinator
Neal Scanlan ... mechanical designer
John Stephenson ... animatronic designer
Alexander Gunn ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Simon Hewitt ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jim Sandys ... senior animatronic model designer (uncredited)

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Jonathan Taylor ... visual effects: first assistant camera, second unit
Paul Wilson ... director of photography: model unit
Zoe Cain ... optical effects technician: OFE (uncredited)
Costas Charitou ... titles & opticals: Image to Image (uncredited)
Michael McDermott ... gaffer: model unit (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kenneth Atherfold ... camera grip (as Kenny Athelfold)
Mike Evans ... focus puller
Steve Foster ... gaffer
Gareth Hall ... second assistant camera: "b" camera / second assistant camera: second unit
Gordon Hayman ... camera operator
Stephen Morley ... still photographer
John Palmer ... camera operator: second unit
Dean Morrish ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Warren ... video operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Richard Pointing ... wardrobe supervisor
Dorothea Smylie ... wardrobe mistress
Jenny Hawkins ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Liz Kerry ... location manager: UK
Philip Kohler ... location manager: Norway

Music Department

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Chris Dibble ... music recordist
Christopher Palmer ... music arranger
Jeff Atmajian ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Richard Harvey ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Anthony Asbury ... puppeteer
Don Austen ... puppeteer
Brian Bailey ... production accountant
Mark Challenor ... production runner
Sue Dacre ... puppeteer
Sarah Dean ... assistant accountant
Pauline Fowler ... mice designer
Jane Gootnick ... puppet mice
David Greenaway ... puppeteer
Brian Henson ... puppeteer
Mary Holdsworth ... script supervisor
Roy Hyatt ... assistant: Mr. Roeg
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Sholto J. Roeg ... floor runner (as Sholto Roeg)
Clare St. John ... production coordinator
Ann Thrift ... assistant accountant
Robert Tygner ... puppeteer
Gay Whelan ... production office secretary
Richard Whelan ... production runner
Steve Whitmire ... puppeteer
Clive R. Kay ... contact lenses (uncredited)
Rupert Ryle-Hodges ... second assistant director: Crowd (uncredited)

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Rusty Lemorande ... special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they've turned into a mouse! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les sorcières (France)
  • Hexen hexen (Germany)
  • La maldición de las brujas (Spain)
  • Czarownice (Poland)
  • Kuka pelkää noitia (Finland)
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  • 91 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia After a test screening, Roald Dahl angrily expressed to the producers how "appalled" he was at "the vulgarity, the bad taste" and "actual terror" in certain parts of the film. Dahl demanded his name and the title be removed from the film prior to release, but after receiving an apologetic, complimentary letter from Jim Henson, Dahl grudgingly withdrew his threat. See more »
Goofs When the Grand High Witch and her assistant enter her room while Luke gets the formula, they're wearing pointy shoes. Earlier, it was mentioned that witches never wear pointy shoes. However, the original book suggest the Grand High Witch does wear pointed shoes to great discomfort and hates wearing them, this fact is not mentioned in the movie to explain the shoes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #3.30 (1990). See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits zooms towards the camera above an unknown snow landscape. See more »
Quotes Beatrice: [to another witch, under her breath] We can't possibly wipe out ALL of them!
Grand High Witch: Who spoke? Who DARES to argue with me? It was you!
Beatrice: I didn't mean to argue, your Grandness
Grand High Witch: You DARED to argue with me?
Beatrice: No, honestly, it just was a...
Grand High Witch: A stupid witch who answers back, must BURN till her bones are black!
Beatrice: No! No!
Grand High Witch: A foolish witch without a brain, must sizzle into fire and flame! I witch who dares to say I'm wrong, will not be with us... VERY LONG!
[she zaps the witch with her eyes]
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