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Practical Magic (1998)

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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

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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Storyline

Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens have a special bond with each other despite being different in personality and outlook. Having grown up with their spinster Aunts Frances and Jet in the long time Owens family home 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 Gilly decides to leave the island to live life to the fullest, in the process falling for Jimmy Angelov, an ethnic Bulgarian who grew up near Transylvannia. More introspective Sally, who has sworn off the use of magic except in its most practical sense, has taken measures not to fall in love because of the curse, but ends up falling for and marrying ... Written by Huggo

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Prepare to come under their spell See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,104,694, 18 October 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,683,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,169,816
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman would again play a witch in the movie Bewitched (2005). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Nostalgia Chick: The Craft (2011) See more »

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Is This Real?
Written by Lisa Hall, Nip Heeley, Paul Hopkinson and Steve Ludlam
Performed by Lisahall
Produced by David Kahne (uncredited)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A very unique film, full of magical surprises...
21 October 1998 | by liv-4See all my reviews

A couple of months before Practical Magic came out in theaters, I read the novel it was based on by Alice Hoffman, and loved it. So when I went to see 'Practical Magic' the movie, I didn't know what to expect, since most movie adaptions from books are very different and disappointing. But, while this was very different from the novel, I was pleasantly surprised. 'Practical Magic' is not your average romantic comedy or your average witch movie. Instead, it mixes the 2 genres together and creates a sparkling film that never gets boring. Even though some scenes are a little far-fetched, the acting, relationships and storyline keep it from getting too weird.

As for the cast, I don't think it gets much better. Sandra Bullock pretty much plays her usual character, but she plays it with a well-acted sensitivity and you definitely sypathize for her. Nicole Kidman, is brilliant--very wild-child, but not so trampy that you hate her--and probably the most interesting character ( and the best performance) in the whole movie. Dianne Weist and Stockard Channing are extremely well cast as the eccentric aunts, and their on-screen presence is breathtaking. Aidan Quinn is also very good, playing Sandra Bullock's 'perfect man'. So what's my final outlook on 'Practical Magic'? Excellent. Sure, it's not a flawless, Oscar-worthy, masterpiece, but it's fun and one of the most interesting films I have seen in a long time. So, if you're looking for a well-acted, well-written, unique film, I definitely recommend 'Practical Magic'. And don't forget to read the book!


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