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Hansel & Gretel (2002)

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The classic fairy tale gets a twist in this live-action tale - the pair meet a scatter-brained Sandman, a bumbling Boogeyman, and a wonderful witch who really likes kids. With Howie Mandel, Dakota Fanning, Sinbad and more.
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Cast overview:
Taylor Momsen ... Gretel
Jacob Smith ... Hansel
Delta Burke ... Stepmother
Howie Mandel ... The Sandman
Alana Austin ... Wood Faerie
Gerald McRaney ... Father
Lynn Redgrave ... Woman / Witch
Dakota Fanning ... Katie
Thomas Curtis Thomas Curtis ... Andrew
Daniel Roebuck ... Dad
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Troll (voice)
Sinbad ... Raven (voice)
Tom Arnold ... Boogeyman (voice)
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If you go down to the woods tonight be sure of the biggest surprise of your life! When Hansel and Gretel's wicked stepmother leads them into the dark forest, the children find themselves in an enchanted world of magical creatures and hideous monsters. But when they stumble upon a house made of sweets things take a turn for the worse, as inside the cottage is an evil witch who's hungry. And Hansel and Gretel have a sneaking suspicion they might be on the menu! But will the ever-forgetful Sandman and the runny-nosed Boogeyman be able to save them? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some crude humor
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Trivia

While the Stepmother is watching TV at the trolls' house, she shouts "'Deaigning Women'! I love that show!" Delta Burke is one of the stars of Designing Women (1986). See more »

Quotes

Raven: Hang on tight, kids. It's gonna be a bumpy ride.
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Connections

Version of Hansel and Gretel (1933) See more »

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A fun family film
7 June 2008 | by mike-downing-1See all my reviews

This is a fun flick.

The actors do a good job. Delta Burke is excellent and Lynn Redgrave has many funny lines. The child actors did a good job as well. And while I usually don't care much about Howie Mandell, I think he struck the right note as the Sandman.

Yes, the sets are simple, but this is a fairy tale. Fairy tales are skin and bones--nighttime stories--they are not meant to be miracles of on-location production.

Maybe I'm old school, but I'll take a good story with good actors on a simple stage over fancy special effects any time. My wife and I watched Hansel and Gretel after we watched Cloverfield (with all of its special effects, including intentional shaky camera), and we thought H&G was way better.

Plus, there is no swearing, no boob or penis jokes, and no gratuitous violence. Not that I'm a prude, but I think they did a good job of preserving the message of the movie: magic resides in our dreams.

A fun film for the entire family.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fábula Moderna de João e Maria See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,477, 20 October 2002

Gross USA:

$154,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$154,642
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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