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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

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,125,471, 18 July 1993

Gross USA:

$39,514,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Disney bought the script in 1984, then sat on the project for eight years. The original title was "Disney's Halloween House" and was supposed to be much darker and scarier. Rumors that Disney considered turning it into a made-for-TV movie at one point have spread over the Internet, but have not been confirmed by the cast and crew. See more »

Goofs

When Dani first finds her mom at the town hall party, the mom is "vogue-ing" with her right hand on her head and her left hand stretched out. As the camera cuts back and forth between the mom and Dani, the mom's wedding rings disappear from her left hand. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Alternate Versions

When ITV showed the film at Easter 2001, the following scenes were cut: the witches hanging, Max swinging a branch at Billy Butcherson and the subsequent loss of his head, the shot of a flattened Binx the cat after he's run over by the bus, Billy cutting open his mouth after he snatches the knife off Max, and Billy losing his head for a second time. The ending was also altered, skipping over the parents leaving the party and Ernie & Jay still locked in their cages, cutting straight to the book's eye opening. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Witchcraft
Written by Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh
Performed by Joseph Malone (as Joe Malone)
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User Reviews

 
Were the critics watching this with bags on their heads?
21 October 2012 | by MimicantdomathSee all my reviews

Hocus Pocus, a film that only comes around once a year...October. I wait all year long to watch this film, and have been doing so since I was very young. I have never purchased it because they play it nearly a dozen f!#%ing times during the month of October. At the same time, this film is great year round. I chose this as my first review because I just watched it and feel that the film in under-appreciated. This is a charming little film about three Salem witches resurrected from the dead by a teenage virgin whom lights a black flame candle. Max must stop these witched from stealing the souls of children. He does so with the help of his adorable little sister, Allison (whom he pines over at night), and a helpful talking (cursed) cat called Binx. The casting is absolutely perfect, right down to Omri Katz as Max. Bette Midler does a fantastic job as the evil, scheming, mastermind Winnie. Sarah Jessica Parker plays the flighty, dumb, and playfully flirty Sarah. She goes back and forth between a hypnotic "come hither" persona and then will burst into random chants and fits of joy over disturbing things such fresh dead man's toes. Kathy Najimy plays Mary, the chubby witch with sometimes wrongfully placed optimism. There are two musical numbers in the film, most notably Bette Midler's rendition of "I Put a Spell on You" which is both humorous and pleasing to the ear. When you watch this film, you cannot take it too seriously, in fact don't take it seriously at all. You will have a much better viewing experience this way. This film is absurd, and cliché, that's the beauty of it! It is also very comical with laughs for children and adults alike. There is a point in the film where Mary, Kathy Najimy's character, is flying on a vacuum cleaner. This is just one example that stands out because it has had me cracking up since I was six years - old. Ignore what others say about Hocus Pocus, the critics reviews are baloney. (I couldn't find something similar to the phrase "Hocus Pocus" that would be witty and fitting to describe their reviews. Sorry. Baloney it is.)This film is marvelous and entertaining for all ages, all year round. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it. Then you too will consider it a quirky classic.

(8/10)


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