Hocus Pocus

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Love this movie!

on 2/16/2007

Several years ago I watched this movie seemingly everyday, or at least parts of it. My step-niece was totally into it and I got hooked from the start. It is a cute and sweet (and slightly scary) movie with some absolutely great lines. Bette Midler is at her over-the-top best as Winifred Sanderson, and Thora Birch is as adorable as she can be as Dani Dennison. It is a Halloween tradition to sit down to watch the DVD, it works well to get you in the mood and get you laughing. It still makes me laugh although I can say the lines right along with the characters. There are some good special effects but again the best thing here is the dialogue and the way Bette delivers it. I encourage everyone to make this movie a part of their holiday tradition...it is simply great fun!

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This is a great movie any time of the year!

on 4/12/2007

This movie is enjoyable anytime of the year. It's funny and witty, with a great plot. If you haven’t seen it yet I definitely urge you to check it out.

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Three outlandishly wild witches return from 17th century salem for a night of mischief as they cast a spell on the town and try to reclaim their youth. The trio must get their act together to outwit three kids and a talking cat.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40167395
UPC 717951003584
UPC 14 00717951003584
Format DVD
Release Date 8/5/2003
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Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note The Sanderson Sisters are 17th century witches who were conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters in present-day Salem. The key to their immortality involves three children and a talking cat, who also turn out to be their biggest obstacles.
Plot Summary
Summary In 1693, the citizens of Salem, Massachusetts go into a frenzy when they discover that 3 among them -- Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson -- are witches. Fearing their pagan villainy, the community agrees to hang the old hags. But head sorceress Winifred vows they'll come back to life one day and seek vengeance.| 300 years later, Max, a cynical teenager stuck chaperoning his kid sister as she goes trick-or-treating, is spotted by classmate-dream girl Allison. In order to impress her, Max lures them into the Sanderson sisters' house where they accidentally bring the wretched shrews back to life. The witches now have one night to renew their life force -- or they'll disappear forever. Can the kids stop them from achieving their nasty purposes?
Kenny Ortega
Bette Midler
Kathy Najimy
Sarah Jessica Parker
Cast & Crew
Bette Midler - Actor
Kathy Najimy - Actor
Sarah Jessica Parker - Actor
Thora Birch - Actor
Hiro Narita - Cinematographer
Mary E. Vogt, et al. - Costume Designer
Kenny Ortega - Director
Peter E. Berger - Editor
James Horner - Musical Score
John Debney - Musical Score
Bonnie Bruckheimer, et al. - Producer
William Sandell - Production Designer
Neil Cuthbert, et al. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 17758
UPC 00717951003584
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Color Color
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Hocus Pocus may not get your hand in a blur but its collection of one-liners and amusing situations could put you in a diverting spell. A studio-generated romp about three 17th-century witches who create havoc in present-day Salem, Mass., it's full of big-crowd laughs (thanks mostly to Midler) and suspense. Omri Katz, a new teenager in Salem, his younger sister Thora Bird and Vinessa Shaw -- the beautiful classmate Katz falls for -- should appeal to their respective age groups... Midler is the best reason to watch Hocus Pocus. As the lead... she's the witchy center of the movie, with her Betty Boop lipstick design and that trademark, vamp-to-the-gallery, eye-batting shtick of hers. She's pantomimically assisted by Najimy (one of Whoopi Goldberg's nun sidekicks in Sister Act), who can smell tasty infants a mile away; and Parker (who was in Honeymoon in Vegas -- the earlier Indecent Proposal) as the squeaky beauty of the bunch. The movie has its amusing moments, as the witches discover modern-day America, from buses to people dressed up for Halloween; they mistake an old fella dressed up as Satan for the real McCoy. There are also some funny-lethal remarks here and there.
Reviewer Desson Howe
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Midler,Bette
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
KCOP-TV, Los Angeles Very, very funny. A 10!
Sixty Second Preview Bette's back, doing what she does best!

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