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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.

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Kenny Ortega

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), Mick Garris (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Winifred Sanderson
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Sarah Sanderson
Kathy Najimy ... Mary Sanderson
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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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hocus Pocus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,514,713
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In an interview on Today (1952), Kathy Najimy said she was initially reluctant to take the role of Mary, afraid she would offend real witches by stereotyping a fictitious fairy tale witch. See more »

Goofs

Thackery Binks switches between Old English and 1990s slang. During the first parts of the movie, he uses Old English. When he first talks to Max, he uses slang and sarcasm. At the end of the movie when his spirit appears to Dani, Max, and Allison, he speaks in Old English again. See more »

Quotes

Thackery's Father: Winifred Sanderson?
Winifred Sanderson: Yes?
Thackery's Father: I will ask thee one final time.
Winifred Sanderson: Yes?
Thackery's Father: What hast thou done with my son, Thackery?
Winifred Sanderson: Thackery? Hmm.
Thackery's Father: Answer me!
Winifred Sanderson: Well, I don't know. Cat's got my tongue.
[Winifred, Mary, and Sarah laugh at her own joke as Binx angrily meows]
Winifred Sanderson: [thunder clash]
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Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney logo at the start is tinted blue (the one at the end has the usual coloring). See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on the ITV network in the UK, the scene where the witches were hanged and cast the spell that would bring them back were cut. Viewers therefore didn't know exactly how they would come back. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bette: A Method to Her Madness See more »

Soundtracks

Sabre Dance
Arranged by George Wilson
Written by Aram Khachaturyan (uncredited)
(Incorrectly credited as written by George Wilson)
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Childrens Film
26 May 1999 | by BetteMidSee all my reviews

First of all, anyone watching this film has to remember that it is aimed towards children. You cannot have the expectations that there is some deep meaning connected with this film, or that it is going to be another Bette Midler comedy with R-rated humor. If that is what you are looking for, watch "Ruthless People". This film is funny and cute. That is all. If I was a 10 year old child, I would love this movie. It is a family film and nobody should expect anything more. Secondly, it has Bette Midler and a wonderfully funny Kathy Najimy and dim-witted Sarah Jessica Parker......so, ENJOY!


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