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The Craft (1996)

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A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

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Andrew Fleming

Writers:

Peter Filardi (story), Peter Filardi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Tunney ... Sarah Bailey
Fairuza Balk ... Nancy Downs
Neve Campbell ... Bonnie
Rachel True ... Rochelle
Skeet Ulrich ... Chris Hooker
Christine Taylor ... Laura Lizzie
Breckin Meyer ... Mitt
Nathaniel Marston ... Trey
Cliff De Young ... Mr. Bailey
Assumpta Serna ... Lirio
Helen Shaver ... Grace Downs
Jeanine Jackson ... Jenny
Brenda Strong ... Doctor
Elizabeth Guber Elizabeth Guber ... Laura's Friend
Jennifer Greenhut Jennifer Greenhut ... Laura's Friend
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Storyline

A new girl moves to a new city with her family to start a new life. She meets up with the girls who are very interested in the occult and together, the four of them have a seemingly unstopable power. They can do anything, from getting thier dream guys to like them to... the possibilities are limitless. Written by Lisa Buckley <buckley@idirect.com>

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Welcome to the Witching Hour


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some terror and violence, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Craft See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$210,549, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$24,881,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,900,000
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SDDS | Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the name of the Catholic high school is shown as St. Benedict's in the film, it was called St. Bernard's Academy in the film's trailer. This is a nod by writer Peter Filardi to Saint Bernard High School in his southeastern Connecticut home town. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene where Nancy and family are moving to their new house - it is pouring rain. As they turn in and go up the driveway, the car windshield wipers show it has stopped raining and the sun is out. Moments later when they are leaving the car to enter the house it is pouring again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
NancyRochelleBonnie: Now is the time. This is the hour. Ours is the magic. Ours is the power. Now is the time. This is the hour. Ours is the magic. Ours is the power
[Repeat]
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Alternate Versions

The DVD has three deleted scenes: Sarah visiting Bonnie in the hospital and attempting to heal her; Sarah, Bonnie, and Rochelle confronting Nancy; Nancy doing another "glamour" on Sarah. See more »

Connections

Featured in Casting a Spell: Making 'Bewitched' (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Fallin'
Written by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
Performed by Connie Francis
Courtesy of Polydor Records
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Interesting and Entertaining Film
8 January 2005 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining blend of supernatural thriller and teen movie. Sarah (played by Robin Tunney) is the new girl at a Catholic shool in Los Angeles where she meets a group of girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True) who dabble in witchcraft. When Sarah joins the group they discover that they have genuine power and start using it to sort out their personal problems, until the group's leader Nacy (Balk) starts taking it too far.

The film is well-made and several shades darker than the average teen movie. The cast are all very good, especially Fairuza Balk who easily steals the film with her part.

The film's portrayal of witchcraft is a bit more interesting than the standard Hollywood portrayal, and it certainly doesn't represent it as essentially "evil", which makes a nice change. However, as always, this is Hollywood so many liberties will have been taken with genuine wiccan practices.

The film is worth a look, however. The only thing that lets it down is the overblown climax.


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