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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 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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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

Jennifer Lopez was briefly set to play the Grand High Witch, prior to Anne Hathaway being cast in the role. 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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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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Another remake nobody asked for
23 October 2020 | by jcorbancmSee all my reviews

I love Octavia and Anne, but this movie seems like it was rushed and that they were just phoning it in.

To begin with, the original is a cult classic, so how dare you mess up with it. Then, if you are gonna do it, well, do it well. They were clearly going for a kids friendly movie but I mean, this story is creepy. The mouse animation takes you away from it, specially coming from Henson's animatronics. The Great Witch reveal is underwhelming, and the changes/additions to the story don't serve it. It just doesn't adds up.

It pains me that Cuaron and Del Toro are attached to this project as producers. Zemeckis seems to be going in decline and it just sucks. Dahl's fans may be happier with this ending, but with all the other changes I dunno how they can be happy with the movie in general.


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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:

$16,900,000
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2.39 : 1
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