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Practical Magic (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 16 October 1998 (USA)
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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

After bad reactions at a test screening, composer Michael Nyman's score was rejected at the last minute. It was called too European sounding and obtrusive. It was replaced with one by Alan Silvestri. The change was made so late that the soundtrack albums had already been pressed. As a result, the first batch to hit stores all had two suites of themes from Nyman's score. A few weeks later, a new version of the CD, with the exact same ISBN number, was made, replacing Nyman's tracks with music by Silvestri. See more »

Goofs

When Sally and Gillian drag Jimmy into the house and over to the kitchen table, it has bowls and towels on it. In the next shot, when they lift him up onto the table, the table has nothing on it. 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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Soundtracks

Coconut
Written and Performed by Harry Nilsson
Courtesy of The RCA Records Lavel of BMG Entertainment
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The first good Pagan-oriented movie I've seen.
18 October 1998 | by Daena-2See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that, overall, this was a pretty good movie. I'm usually not that interested in romantic comedies, but this is one of the better ones. I think the more important aspect of this movie, though, is how it presents modern Paganism (Wicca, in particular).

Coming from a Pagan point of view myself, I've been waiting for this movie to come out with many mixed feelings and misgivings. I was hoping that it wouldn't be another typical witch movie and I must say that I was really pleasantly surprised. It did glamorize the workings of the Wiccan Craft quite a bit, but that's to be expected. How many movies are there that don't do that to their subjects? Take X-files...I'm positive that there's a lot more paperwork than action in the FBI, but you can't make a movie out of filling out forms. If you look past the flashy stuff that was put in to draw audiences and make the movie appeal to the general public, you find a well-researched representation of what Pagans do day-to-day. So even though it wasn't totally true to today's form of Paganism, I must say that it was a step in the right direction of overcoming all the negative PR that Pagans have had to endure all these years. This is the kind of thing that is needed to convince the mass populace that we are not better or worse or dangerous, but just different. So, please, support this movie as part of the on-going campaign to get all of us out of the broom closet.


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