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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.


Griffin Dunne


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


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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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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Did You Know?


Aunt Frances (Stockard Channing) and Aunt Jet (Dianne Wiest) frequently wear clothing and styles that were popular in the early 20th century, suggesting that they really are much older than they appear to be (as some of the townsfolk imply). See more »


When recording his conversation with Sally in his motel room, Mr. Hallet says into his recorder that the date is in March, when they're not far past the summer solstice, which would put them in June. See more »


[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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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


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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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Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,104,694, 18 October 1998

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