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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Director:

Kenny Ortega

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), Mick Garris (story) | 2 more credits »
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2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Winifred
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Sarah
Kathy Najimy ... Mary
Omri Katz ... Max
Thora Birch ... Dani
Vinessa Shaw ... Allison
Amanda Shepherd Amanda Shepherd ... Emily
Larry Bagby ... Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
Tobias Jelinek ... Jay
Stephanie Faracy ... Jenny
Charles Rocket ... Dave
Doug Jones ... Billy Butcherson
Karyn Malchus Karyn Malchus ... Headless Billy Butcherson
Sean Murray ... Thackery
Steve Voboril Steve Voboril ... Elijah
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Storyline

300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence... Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Ron Underwood was initially slated to direct the film. See more »

Goofs

When the sisters leave to go get the book from the Dennison house, Mary brings out a vacuum cleaner to ride. The lights are on at the front of the vacuum when it is clearly not plugged in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a witch passes by the window of Thackery Binx and Emily's bedroom; Thackery wakes up then a few seconds later, he lays back and sees that Emily is gone]
Thackery Binx: Emily? Emily!
[he leaves the house to search for Emily]
Thackery Binx: Emily!
[he runs up to Elijah]
Thackery Binx: Elijah! Elijah! Hast thou seen my sister Emily?
Elijah: Nay. But, look.
[he points to purple smoke in the sky]
Elijah: They conjure.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the parents finally stop dancing and leave the building, exhausted; Jay and Ernie have been forgotten about and are still dangling in their cages, singing Row Row Row Your Boat, then the camera pans over to the spell book as the eye opens once more. See more »

Alternate Versions

When shown on The Disney Channel in the UK on Hallowe'en night 2005, most of the previous cuts were reinstated, with only a few scenes cut out. When the witches are hanged at the start we don't see their bodies or legs during the scene, we cut straight after Binx's father orders the hanging to shots of the crowd wincing at the sight of the hanging, and then to Binx's father ordering the cat away. The scene in which Billy gets his fingers cut off on the street is also cut out, as is the scene where he cuts his mouth open so he can speak with Max's knife. All other scenes remained intact, including the scenes where Billy loses his head twice. The last time it was shown, the headless scenes were removed and it prompted complaints from viewers who said the film was hard to understand with so many edits. They also complained that the headless scenes were done comically with no references to pain or blood and as the film was only a PG, and made by Disney themselves, so surely it wouldn't upset children who would find the funny side of it. All recent showing of the movie now have the headless scenes put back in. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Black Cauldron (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Performed by Bette Midler
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Bewitching.
8 December 2000 | by eli_8See all my reviews

I prepared my self when I sat down to watch this movie, expecting a boring Disney film not for my generation. But this movie was hilarious! Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker were fantastic in their roles as the witches, especially Midler in her role as Winifred. Unfortunately there is no soundtrack to this film, which is a shame but not a tragedy. Overall a fantastic film that the whole family should enjoy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,125,471, 18 July 1993

Gross USA:

$44,342,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,947,705
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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