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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)

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Storyline

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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Trivia

One of the Witches is played by a man. In the original film, when the Witches removed their wigs revealing their bald heads, most of them were played by bald men. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Reach Out I'll Be There
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Eddie Holland (as Edward Jr. Holland)
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of The Motown Record Company LP
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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A completely fine family film
22 October 2020 | by pretentiousfanboySee all my reviews

I was surprised to the reaction to this film... It's completely inoffensive and does everything it needs to with the charm of grandma, the malice of the Grand High Witch, etc. I'm getting the feeling that these are reactionary responses to yet another 'bland and unoriginal Hollywood' trend even though this is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book, just like the 1990 version is.

It's alright if people don't like this movie I suppose but acting like it's the worst thing to come to screens is an exaggeration to say the least. Kids are most definitely going to enjoy it, it is for them after all, not the adults comparing it to the 1990 adaptation, so I'd say this film was a success in what if wanted to do.


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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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