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The Witches (2020)

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A young boy and his grandmother have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Robert Zemeckis (screenplay by), Kenya Barris (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rock ... Older Hero Mouse (voice)
Jahzir Bruno ... Hero Boy
Octavia Spencer ... Grandma
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Reginald
Joseph Zinyemba ... Basketball Kid
Josette Simon ... Zelda
Jonathan Livingstone ... Raymond
Miranda Sarfo Peprah ... Young Grandma
Ashanti Prince-Asafo Ashanti Prince-Asafo ... Alice Blue
Lunga Skosana Lunga Skosana ... Grandma's Mother
Vivienne Acheampong ... Alice's Mum
Sobowale Antonio Bamgbose Sobowale Antonio Bamgbose ... Alice's Dad
Ken Nwosu ... Bellman
Arnaud Adrian Arnaud Adrian ... Concierge
Charles Edwards ... Mr Jenkins

Shot for Shot: 'The Witches' (2020 vs. 1990)

Does Robert Zemeckis' The Witches film look familiar? Check out our side-by-side comparison with scenes from Nicolas Roeg's 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic novel.

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Reimagining Roald Dahl's beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis's visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks him away to a seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world's Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe-undercover-to carry out her nefarious plans. Zemeckis is joined by a world-class team of filmmakers, including Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris. The cast includes powerhouse performances from Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth and Chris Rock, with newcomer Jahzir Kadeen Bruno as the brave young hero. Written by Warner Bros./HBOMax

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images/moments, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Cameo: Chris Rock has a small cameo in the beginning. As they are showing hero's room. You see his parents in a black and white photograph. That's Chris Rock as the father See more »

Goofs

Near the end at 1 hour 34 min Hero mouse references to Mary as Daisy although he learned earlier in the movie her real name and commented on it that it's pretty. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Older Hero Mouse: [chuckles] All right, then. Where were we? Oh, yeah. That's right. Now, I remember. A note about witches. See, here's the thing about them: they're real! Witches are as real as a rock in your shoe. That's the first thing you need to know. The second thing you need to know, they're here! And they live amongst us... side by side, with humans. In every big city in every small town. For all you know, a witch might be living right next door to you right now. They're everywhere! A witch ...
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Crazy Credits

Very shortly into the credits, an epilogue cuts in and shows what the main characters are doing well after the main events of the story end. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Witches (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Your Thing
Written by O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment
Licensed by Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Ignore the grouches, it's just good fun!
30 October 2020 | by benp-69832See all my reviews

An awful lot of grumpy reviewers here.. Yes it's animation is a bit Stuart little/cartoony, and Anne Hathaway's accent is all over Europe.. but as remakes go it's well thought out and just plain Dahl-esque magical fun!

I really enjoyed the 60's Deep South reimagining of where the story is set, and octavia spencer is always good as a sagely and wise older figure. The story is similar enough to be considered a remake, but the minor differences keep it interesting!

It's been given the Hollywood treatment for sure, so it's far glossier/more polished than the original, but having just watched them back to back, unless it's just nostalgia you're after, then that's no bad thing I promise.

Overall the quality of the story itself shines through, and if you just want to have some fun watching it then you will certainly do just that.

If you're looking to review it for Oscar-worthiness then maybe reassess your expectations, chill out and grab a drink. It's a fantasy film people. Let the fantasy breathe!


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Official Sites:

HBO Max [United States]

Country:

USA | Mexico | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,300,000
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2.39 : 1
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