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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

Director:

Kenny Ortega

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), Mick Garris (story) | 2 more credits »
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2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Winifred
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Sarah
Kathy Najimy ... Mary
Omri Katz ... Max
Thora Birch ... Dani
Vinessa Shaw ... Allison
Amanda Shepherd Amanda Shepherd ... Emily
Larry Bagby ... Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
Tobias Jelinek ... Jay
Stephanie Faracy ... Jenny
Charles Rocket ... Dave
Doug Jones ... Billy Butcherson
Karyn Malchus Karyn Malchus ... Headless Billy Butcherson
Sean Murray ... Thackery
Steve Voboril Steve Voboril ... Elijah
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Storyline

300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence... Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although not specified, it makes sense that Binx can't speak until the Black Flame Candle has been lit, and then, only with those involved in the lighting. Otherwise, he would've been able to talk to his father at the hanging at the beginning of the film, or at the Town Hall when Max tries to tell the crowd that the Sanderson sisters have returned. See more »

Goofs

After the children take Winifred's book and hide in the cemetery for the first time, the wires holding up Mary Sanderson are clearly visible as she flies down on her broom towards the children. See more »

Quotes

Jay: [with a tree filled full of numerous rolls of toilet paper in the background] You want to smash some pumpkins?
Ernie "Ice": No.
Jay: Well then, do you want to look in windows and watch babes undress?
Ernie "Ice": It's 3am. They're undressed already.
Jay: [throws another roll of toilet paper] Well then, you think of something!
Ernie "Ice": [grumpy eating candy] Look, I don't feel so hot.
Jay: It's because you're eating too much candy, you oinker!
[hits Ice causing him to drop a piece of candy he was eating]
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the parents finally stop dancing and leave the building, exhausted; Jay and Ernie have been forgotten about and are still dangling in their cages, singing Row Row Row Your Boat, then the camera pans over to the spell book as the eye opens once more. See more »

Alternate Versions

When aired on the Disney channel in the UK, several places were edited for mild language. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Produced and Arranged by Marc Shaiman
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My child-hood movie!
30 November 2006 | by KezzizzleSee all my reviews

I have this movie on VHS (yeah that sounds ancient now!), and I've had it since it was released in 1993, so my poor knackered video tape is 13 years old. I recently bought it on DVD as my VHS quality was getting poor (probably because I watched it over and over when I was young!).

My oh my...it bought back some good memories. As sad as this is, I use to remember EVERY single word in this movie when I was a little whipper snapper, and I use to speak along with the cast! This movie sparked up those memories!! It's a classic film for anyone I would say. I love how it still makes me laugh and I love singing along to the classic numbers "I put a spell on you" and "come little children".

An awesome awesome film about 3 witches who come back to life after 300 years of being dead. If I have children when I get abit older, I will Definitely be showing this one to them as this is NOT a film to miss! And I didn't actually realise that the little girl in the movie is Thora Birch (well I did, I just didn't pay attention to the fact). She's a great actress and even then at such a young age! Just go ahead and watch it...doesn't need to be saved for halloween, it's a great film that can be watched all year round :)


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 July 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hocus Pocus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,125,471, 18 July 1993

Gross USA:

$39,514,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,514,713
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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