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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

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... Winifred Sanderson
... Sarah Sanderson
... Mary Sanderson
... Max
... Dani
... Allison
Amanda Shepherd ... Emily (as Amanda Shepherd)
... Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
... Jay
... Jenny
... Dave
... Billy Butcherson
Karyn Malchus ... Headless Billy Butcherson
... Thackery
Steve Voboril ... Elijah
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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

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It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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

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16 July 1993 (USA)  »

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Abracadabra  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$39,514,713
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rosie O'Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson. O'Donnell claims on her blog that she turned down the offer to work with Bette Midler because she didn't want to be a "scary witch." See more »

Goofs

Mary Sanderson refers to cooking with margarine. The sisters died in 1693. Margarine was invented in the 1800s, and was commercially available as a butter substitute in 1869. Mary watched 10-30 minutes of television commercials at "The Master's" house earlier in the evening, so she could have learned about it from TV. See more »

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Fireman #1: [after the 'burning rain of death' is shut off] Teenagers again.
Fireman #2: I hate Halloween!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofed in The Hillywood Show: Hocus Pocus Parody (2015) See more »

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I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Produced and Arranged by Marc Shaiman
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They'll "Put A Spell On You"!
22 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

A traditional "Halloween Ghost Story" turns into a real life adventure for 3 kids who break the spell of the Sanderson Sisters. The story is an engaging one and will have even grown-ups pay close attention. The Sanderson Sisters (wonderfully played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy), convicted of witchcraft in Colonial Salem, Massachusetts and put to death some 300 years ago, are brought back to life when "a virgin lights the black candle". It's up to two teenagers and an 8 year old to stop the wicked witches from succeeding with their sinister plan: to lure the town's children to their witch house and "drink" their life-force away from them.

Bette Midler steals the show when the sisters crash a Halloween party, singing "I Put A Spell On You". There are many "time jokes" as well, having the 17th century sisters "confused" when they experience 20th century life: Blinded by a truck's head lights, they are convinced the sun is rising; they frantically avoid stepping on a blacktop driveway when they are told that it is "a black lake of death"; unable to find a broomstick, one of the sisters heads for the sky on a Hoover vacuum cleaner. The jokes are pretty good, and I was entertained throughout the film. I have watched "Hocus Pocus" several times already, and will watch it again and again. This is another example of a movie made for kids, but enjoyed by grown-ups as well. Recommended!


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