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The Witches

  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • 1989
  • Nicolas Roeg
  • 87 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Roald Dahl’s story about Luke, a little boy on a seaside holiday who discovers a witches’ convention, is brilliantly brought to life in this fantasy adventure. Anjelica Huston is the chief witch, energetically plotting to turn children into mice. It’s sinister stuff, beautifully filmed with excellent special effects. Children may need to hold their parents’ hands because it can be deliciously scary and some grown-ups are easily frightened.

Credits

Cast

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Miss Ernst / Grand High WitchAnjelica Huston
HelgaMai Zetterling
LukeJasen Fisher
Mr StringerRowan Atkinson
Bruno JenkinsCharlie Potter
Mr JenkinsBill Paterson
Mrs JenkinsBrenda Blethyn
Miss IrvineJane Horrocks
ElsieJenny Runacre
Head chefJim Carter
Woman in blackAnne Lambton

Crew

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DirectorNicolas Roeg

Details

Released on
1990-05-25
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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