The Witches

The Witches

Nicolas Roeg (1989)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A boy goes on holiday with his grandmother to a seaside hotel hosting a convention of witches, who have come together to hear their leader's plan to turn all the children in England into mice. When the chief hag discovers the young lad eavesdropping at their meeting, she decides to make him one of her first victims. Children's fantasy directed by Nicolas Roeg, based on the book by Roald Dahl, and starring Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Jane Horrocks, Rowan Atkinson and Brenda Blethyn.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Children's