Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Kenny Ortega (1993)

92min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This comedy is unusually dark for a Disney production and it makes for patchy entertainment. Three witches - Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker - are resurrected by a group of children on Halloween and proceed to cause mayhem as they plot their revenge against the community that condemned them to death three centuries ago. The three stars are the best thing about the movie and they get to do one stunning musical number, a version of I Put a Spell on You. The youngsters, led by Thora Birch, acquit themselves admirably as well, but director Kenny Ortega seems unsure of the tone of the piece. Look out for a cameo role from Big director Penny Marshall.

Summary

A teenager in Salem, Massachusetts, breaks into a spooky house on Halloween and accidentally resurrects three witches who have been dead for 300 years. The sorceresses are soon causing chaos while seeking a suitable sacrifice for a ritual to give them eternal youth. However, an old foe - a boy they turned into a cat - is on hand to help stop their mischief. Supernatural Disney comedy, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Omri Katz.

Cast & Crew

Winifred Sanderson Bette Midler
Sarah Sanderson Sarah Jessica Parker
Mary Sanderson Kathy Najimy
Max Omri Katz
Dani Thora Birch
Allison Vinessa Shaw
Emily Amanda Shepherd
Ernie, "Ice" Larry Bagby III
Jay Tobias Jelinek
Jenny Stephanie Faracy
Dave Charlie Rocket
Director Kenny Ortega
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Sino Cine Co Ltd Guidance: Edited for violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy Childrens Drama

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