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The Bewitched (1964) theme heard about halfway through this movie, complete with lyrics, sounds like Frank Sinatra, but it was actually a 1964 recording done by Steve Lawrence, who was known for his uncanny impersonation of Sinatra.
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When Aunt Clara's (Carole Shelley's) bag drops from the chimney, a whole bunch of doorknobs fall out of it. This is a reference to the original series, in which Aunt Clara "collected" doorknobs.
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When they play "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" at the party, the roses on the table are Judy Garland roses.
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Broomsticks were sent out to movie theaters as promotional items for this movie.
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The part of Nigel Bigelow was written specifically for Sir Michael Caine.
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Kristin Chenoweth's part was written specifically for her, because Nicole Kidman very much enjoyed her performance as Glinda in the Broadway musical "Wicked."
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This was the first movie starring Nicole Kidman that was seen by Kidman's two youngest daughters, Sunday and Faith. However, due to their young ages, the two girls believed their mother was able to perform magic tricks, and were left confused and disappointed when they realized the truth.
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After Isabel (Nicole Kidman) tells Jack (Will Ferrell) that she's a witch, he asks, "Am I gonna get pregnant? Because I cannot get pregnant right now!" Endora cast a spell causing Darrin to feel the same pregnancy symptoms that Samantha was feeling in an early episode of Bewitched (1964).
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While the old Columbia lot house from the television show was not used in the movie, the house exterior on the soundstage was labelled "1164." The normally accepted address for the Stephens was 1164 Morning Glory Circle, Westport, Connecticut.
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The house that Isabel rents was chosen by writer and director Nora Ephron because it had belonged to friends of her parents, and she visited it many times as a child. By pure coincidence, those friends were Larry Berns and his wife, Sandra Gould, who played the second, better-known Gladys Kravitz. Alice Pearce, the first Gladys Kravitz, died after the second season, and was replaced with Gould. Ephron claims in the DVD commentary that she didn't realize this until after the movie was made.
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Jim Carrey was approached to play Jack Wyatt/Darrin Stephens, but had to decline because of other commitments. As he resembles Dick York, it was commonly felt that he would be the only good choice for the role (and that anyone like Will Ferrell would just be miscast).
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Nicole Kidman was told not to twitch her nose in public until after this movie was released, but did after much pestering from Jonathan Ross on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001).
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When Penny Marshall was attached to direct in 1993, her cast was to include Meryl Streep as Samantha Stephens, Barry Humphries in his Dame Edna Everage persona as Endora, Robin Williams as Uncle Arthur, Shelley Winters as Gladys Kravitz, and Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal alternating scenes as Darrin Stephens, in a nod to the role being re-cast midway through the original series' run.
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This is the second time Nicole Kidman has played a witch. The first time was Practical Magic (1998).
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Hanging on a mirror in Isabel Bigelow's dressing room is a picture of the late Elizabeth Montgomery, the original Samantha Stephens from Bewitched (1964).
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When Uncle Arthur (in the form of his actual character from the show, materialized briefly in the real world) wants to drive Jack somewhere, Jack brings up an episode where Uncle Arthur was a bad driver. Uncle Arthur replies that it really wasn't him, that he's a good driver. Uncle Arthur was originally played by Paul Lynde, and before Uncle Arthur was a character on the show, Paul Lynde guest starred as a driving instructor with anxiety problems. Therefore, it wasn't Uncle Arthur, to whom he referred, but another character played by Paul Lynde.
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Mike Myers was the producers' top choice for the role of Darrin Stephens.
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The original television series on which this movie is based, premiered on ABC on September 17, 1964 and ended on March 25, 1972.
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Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), being interviewed by James Lipton. Ferrell is known for doing an imitation of James Lipton and parodying Inside the Actors Studio on Saturday Night Live (1975).
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For the Spanish version, where inserts of the original television series appear, the sound heard is from the original Spanish dubbing that was done in Mexico during the 1970s.
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Joan Plowright was originally cast as Aunt Clara, but had to pull out. By Kristin Chenoweth's recommendation, the role was given to Carole Shelley; the two had co-starred in the Broadway production of "Wicked". Shelley took a week off appearing in the show to film her scenes.
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In the DVD commentary Nora Ephron comments that of all Kidman's roles, Samantha is the closest to her actual personality.
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The movie was originally planned as a traditional television-to-movie adaptation, directed by Ted Bessell (Donald on That Girl (1966)). The movie property was in pre-production with producer and director Penny Marshall's team at Paramount Pictures in the mid 1990s. Marshall first hired former Laverne & Shirley (1976) staff writer Monica Johnson to come up with a script. Eventually, Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)) took a crack at the story, as did Broadway playwright Douglas Carter Beane. His 1996 stage reading cast Melanie Griffith as Samantha, and was supposed to be a vehicle to revive Griffith's career. After the sudden and unexpected death of Mr. Bessell from an aortic aneurysm on October 6, 1996, all Bewitched theatrical movie plans were halted until Penny Marshall teamed with producers Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick's Red Wagon Entertainment at Sony and Columbia Pictures.
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Before Nicole Kidman was cast as Samantha, Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Patricia Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Connelly, Kristin Davis, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham, Melanie Griffith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Teri Hatcher, Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Lisa Kudrow, Alyssa Milano, Julianne Moore, Brittany Murphy, Tatum O'Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Alicia Silverstone, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon, and Renée Zellweger were also considered.
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The third film that Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played opposite each other, the previous two (Gambit and Woman Times Seven) were released almost forty years before this one.
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(At around one hour and fifteen minutes) Darrin invites everyone to his house for a party. This same house can be found on a YouTube video of Will Ferrell (as Ron Burgundy) interviewing Jim Caviezel (as Jesus).
Aunt Clara offers Isabel a Lorna Doone. Marion Lorne, the television show's Aunt Clara, did commercials for Lorna Doones, and also Oxydol.
Isabel's broomstick was supplied by North Woven Broom Company, a family-owned broom shop in Vancouver, British Columbia. The model is a modified version of their "round floor broom", created with a thicker besom and trimmed in a more rounded fashion, rather than straight across. Though surprisingly convincing, the broom's handle was actually made of resin, not wood, and was provided by the studio's prop department.
Jack's Spanish segment under Isabel's spell is "Está mi perro. Mi perro es mi favorito. Mi perro es mi corazón. Muchos taquitos. Buena suerte," and translated means "It's my dog. My dog is my favorite. My dog is my heart. Many (little) tacos. Good luck." Though incoherent, his Spanish is grammatically correct except the first sentence, which should have been "Es mi perro" using the verb ser, not estar.
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During an interview between Howard Stern and Jimmy Fallon in 2017, it was stated that Kidman was looking to add Fallon to act as her love interest Darrin in the movie, but after a failed "date" between both of them (where Kidman years later revealed she had a crush on Fallon) the role ended up on Will Ferrell instead.
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The cast includes three Oscar winners: Sir Michael Caine, Nicole Kidman, and Shirley MacLaine; and two Oscar nominees: Steve Carell and Agnes Moorehead.
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The Spanish translation for Elizabeth is Isabel, very close to Isabel, the character playing Samantha. Elizabeth Montgomery played the original character.
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Some deleted and alternate footage appears in the movie's trailer: - In Bed Bath & Beyond, there's an exchange between Nigel and Isabel, in which he says, "But you're a witch." To which she replies, "I know, but I'm not gonna be one anymore." - Footage of Jack in an arctic movie is displayed full screen, not within a television set like in the movie. - Footage of the new animated "Bewitched" opening credits are shown on a television set, not full screen like in the movie. - The dialogue between Jack and Isabel outside of the café is different. Jack: "Just come and show everybody what you look like when you..." Isabel: "What?" Jack: "...wiggle your nose." In the movie Jack says "Just come and show everybody what you look like when you do it" without an interruption by Isabel. There's some extra shots during the Bed Bath & Beyond checkout scene: Isabel's hand in her shopping cart, then a close-up of the credit card swiping machine while the cashier pushes a button on the cash register in the background to bring up the total displayed on the machine.
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Sir Michael Caine and Heather Burns appeared in Miss Congeniality (2000).
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While Will Farrell's character is walking out of his hotel room and sees the janitor with the brooms, Everybody Hurts by REM is heard. The same song being played in A Night at the Roxbury when Steve and Doug have decided to live separately.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt was considered for the role of Samantha.
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Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg was considered for the role of Samantha.
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Similar to the French version of the original series, Darrin is renamed "Jean-Pierre", to bear some continuity amongst French-European and French-Canadian fans.
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Italian censorship visa # 99231 delivered on September 5, 2005.
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When Samantha drops the lighting rig on Jack's ex-wife, her legs stick out the edge. Her shoes, briefly seen, were red, in an homage to The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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In a similar circumstance in which three of the main characters (Isabel, Nigel, and Iris) are witches and one (Darren) is not, three members of the main cast (Nicole Kidman, Sir Michael Caine, and Shirley MacLaine) are Academy Award winners, while the other (Will Ferrell) is not.
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