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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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For two sisters from a family of witches, falling in love is the trickiest spell of all. 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)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to Sandra Bullock in the commentary, in the scene where Gillian and Sally get drunk with their aunts and they sling insults, the actresses actually got drunk. They were drinking some very bad tequila that Nicole Kidman brought. See more »

Goofs

Sally goes to get Jimmy's bottle of tequila to tempt him when they are trying to exorcise him from Gillian. But when Sally realized the tequila was Jimmy's when they were drinking midnight margaritas, she threw it in the sink and the bottle broke. So there was no bottle of tequila at the house. They wouldn't have bought Jimmy's special brand to have on hand for margaritas. 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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Black Eyed Dog
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Loved it
2 May 2002 | by lllamaSee all my reviews

Normally I don't care for chick flicks, but I can't seem to stop watching this one over and over again. I was surprised that so many others didn't care for it. I just loved the sets, the costumes, the women and their relationships, the real magic in the film, the special effects, the child actresses. This was stuff that women could relate to better than men. Aidan Quinn was the only boring part of the movie. I wished they'd chosen an actor who was more into the role. He seemed bored and made his part in the film more boring. (Also, he mumbles. Someone should give him elocution lessons.)

This movie wasn't meant to be heavy. It was meant to be light, fun fluff, and that it is. The characters weren't meant to be deep, but I felt the relationship between the two sisters was deeper and well performed by two skilled actresses. In spite of the fluffiness of it, I enjoyed the two scenes in which we got to sit and relax to the sound of Stevie Nicks' "Crystal." So what if cars weren't crashing and guns weren't shooting. They weren't supposed to be. I felt the camaraderie of the moment as the two sisters and their aunts got drunk on "midnight margaritas" while dancing to Harry Nilsson's "Lime in the Coconut." It was just plain light fun. Also, women can enjoy the vicarious satisfaction of watching these women destroy the evil, bullying man who tries to destroy them.

The end of the film was rather Disney-kiddie-flick-like. Another ending might have worked better, but it was tolerable because it reminded the audience that the film was all in fun, and not to be taken seriously.

I usually prefer deeper films, but I thoroughly enjoyed this piece of fluff. Sure it was silly and campy, but it was fun. A film doesn't have to take itself seriously to be fun. Bullock, Kidman, Channing, and Wiest are beautiful, charming and wonderful to watch in this flick, and I love watching the four of them over and over again.


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