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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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Details

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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

They all frequently refer to Maria as "Aunt Maria" but as she was pregnant when she was banished to the island and they are all descended from her she wouldn't be their Aunt but their many times great grandmother. See more »

Goofs

When Sally writes to her sister she says that she's been married for 3 years. But her daughters are clearly older than that in the consequent montage (they're running around in the yard and dancing in the living room). If they'd only been married three years then her daughters would still be toddlers. 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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Connections

Remade as Sudbury (2004) See more »

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Crystal
Written by Stevie Nicks
Produced by Sheryl Crow with Jeff Trott (as Jeff Trott)
Performed by Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow (uncredited)
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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The Witches of Eastwick with a twist of lemon . . . .
19 March 1999 | by Eric456See all my reviews

I liked Practical Magic a lot. I didn't think I would because it was about two sisters and seems to be a "chick flick". However, there was a lot more to the movie than the relationship between Gillian and Sally Owens. For example, Gillian is possessed by the soul of her cruel mate after Sally accidentally kills him with too much magic. Also, the Owens curse plays a pivotal role in the movie. I was surprised by the movie and I know it should have made a lot more money, but the timing of the release was probably wrong. Good actors, and good direction. I bet the book is good too.


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