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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

The bus that the Sanderson sisters ride on is a 1967 GMC TDH 5305. 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

[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

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 - the scene dissolved from the sisters talking through the door to the lynch mob to Miss Olin telling the class in the modern day how they were all hanged (thus filling in the details). Viewers however would still be unaware exactly how they would come back. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Paranorman (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Performed by Bette Midler
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**** out of ****
9 October 1999 | by clay-8See all my reviews

I don't what the critics were talking about, but I found Hocus Pocus to be extreme fun, from start to finish. The use of color and the sets is all magical, giving the movie a strange fairy-tale feel. I also found it to be very funny with great special-effects. The movie's just plain fun. The three witches, thankfully, aren't flat and dull. This movie is scary without being profane (ala Mighty Joe Young) or super duper frightening. A great film that's much better than most Disney live-action films today.


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Official Sites:

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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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