Two witch sisters, raised by their eccentric aunts in a small town, face closed-minded prejudice and a curse which threatens to prevent them ever finding lasting love.

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Griffin Dunne

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Alice Hoffman (novel), Robin Swicord (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Sally Owens
Nicole Kidman ... Gillian Owens
Stockard Channing ... Aunt Frances
Dianne Wiest ... Aunt Jet
Goran Visnjic ... Jimmy Angelov
Aidan Quinn ... Gary Hallet
Evan Rachel Wood ... Kylie
Alexandra Artrip Alexandra Artrip ... Antonia
Mark Feuerstein ... Michael
Caprice Benedetti ... Maria Owens
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... Lovelorn Lady
Camilla Belle ... Sally @ Age 11
Lora Anne Criswell ... Gillian @ Age 10
Margo Martindale ... Linda Bennett
Chloe Webb ... Carla
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Sisters Sally Owens (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) have a special bond with each other despite being different in personality and outlook. Having grown up with their spinster Aunt Frances (Stockard Channing) and Aunt Jet (Dianne Wiest) in the long time Owens family house on an island off the coast of Massachusetts following the death of their father and then their mother, they are the latest in a long line of witches. Rumors of the Owens women being witches have existed for generations in the small close-minded town in which they live, despite there being no hard evidence. The Owens women are also under a curse that any man with who they fall in love is doomed. With this experience, extroverted Gillian decides to leave the island to live life to the fullest, in the process, falling for Jimmy Angelov (Goran Visnjic), a Bulgarian who grew up near Transylvania. More introspective Sally, who has sworn off the use of magic except in its most practical sense, has taken ... Written by Huggo

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There's a little witch in every woman. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense thematic elements and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Aidan Quinn's character, Gary Hallet, has something called heterochromia iridum. Heterochromia (from the Latin "hetero" for different + "chromia" for color) iridium is a harmless condition in which one iris is colored partially or completely different than the other iris. Although it is fairly rare in humans, there are some celebrities with this condition, such as Kate Bosworth, Mila Kunis, and Jane Seymour to name a few. See more »

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In the garden, when Officer Hallet and Sally first meet, Sally is wearing a watch on her left wrist. When Sally looks at Officer Hallet's badge we can see her reflection, and she is not wearing the watch. When the scene continues she is wearing the watch again. See more »

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[first lines]
Aunt Frances Owens: For more than 200 years we Owens women have been blamed by everything that's ever gone wrong in this town.
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Spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie (2001) See more »

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Nowhere and Everywhere
Written by Michelle Lewis and Wayne Cohen
Performed by Michelle Lewis
Courtesy of Giant Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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It's Not About the Magic.
7 October 2002 | by LenBSee all my reviews

I have read through more than half of the reviews that have been posted for this film and have been amazed that no one seems to have caught on as to what it's really *about*.

It's NOT about the Magic. It's NOT about the witchcraft. It's NOT about the romance. It's about the power of numbers. In particular, it's about how women grouped together have power to fight the physical abuse of womankind, when a lone victim, with or without one or two relatives or friends, does not. On a lesser level, it's about how women who are not prone to being victimized can help rescue those who are. Everything else is just for flavor. Is a pumpkin pie about the spice? Is a dish served flambe about the alcohol?

This movie contains much food for thought. Comments about whether it does or does not accurately portray the practice of Wicca are so far off the point as to be meaningless.

Superficially, yes, it's fluff, and meant to be fun, and not meant to be taken seriously or as a work of art. But dig a little bit deeper, for goodness sake, and see what's underneath that puffy exterior. There's a lot there!


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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Practical Magic See more »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,104,694, 18 October 1998

Gross USA:

$46,732,881

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,733,235
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2.39 : 1
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