The Witches

  • PG
  • Nicolas Roeg (1989)
  • UK
  • 87 min
The Witches
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Roald Dahl's book about a little boy on a seaside holiday who discovers a witches' convention plotting to annihilate children is brilliantly brought to life in this fantasy adventure by director Nicolas Roeg. As chief witch, Anjelica Huston gets a gruesome Jim Henson's Creature Shop makeover, while Mai Zetterling is transformed into lavender and old lace as the boy's granny. Memorable sequences include the one in which the boy is turned into a mouse. Children should hold their parents' hands through some of it - grown-ups are notoriously nervous.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Anjelica Huston and Mai Zetterling. After the death of his parents, young Luke visits England. His grandmother, Helga, has warned Luke about witches so he's not surprised when he discovers that their seaside hotel is hosting an English witch convention. However, the star guest at the convention is the Grand High Witch, who reveals her dastardly plan to turn the nation's children into rodents.

Cast and crew


Miss Ernst / Grand High Witch
Anjelica Huston
Mai Zetterling
Mr Jenkins
Bill Paterson
Mrs Jenkins
Brenda Blethyn
Mr Stringer
Rowan Atkinson
Jasen Fisher
Bruno Jenkins
Charlie Potter
Miss Irvine
Jane Horrocks
Woman in black
Anne Lambton
Jenny Runacre
Head chef
Jim Carter


Nicolas Roeg

Other Information

Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG