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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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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

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It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Genres:

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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William "Billy" Butcherson died on May 1, 1693. 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 »

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Dani: [as they plan to go to the Snaderson house] Max, I'm not going up there. My friends at school told me all about that place. It's weird!
Max: Dani, this is the girl of my dreams.
Dani: So take her to the movies like a normal person.
Max: Dani! Look just do this one thing for me, and I'll do anything you say. Please? Please? Please?
Dani: Okay, okay. Next year, we go trick-or-treating as Wendy and Peter Pan...
[looks him straight in the eye]
Dani: ... with tights or it's no deal.
Max: [as Dani attempts to leave] Okay, okay, deal, ...
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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 »

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Referenced in Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery (1995) See more »

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Chants and Incantations
Conceived and written by Brock Walsh
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**** out of ****
9 October 1999 | by See 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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