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Hocus Pocus

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After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.1/10 (23,914 voted)

Kenny Ortega

Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy

More than 300 years ago, 3 witches were sentenced to die in Salem, Massachusetts and a boy was turned into a cat (a black cat, naturally). Now it's Halloween, and the witches (who fly on [I kid you not] vacuum cleaners) are back. This time, they've got their eyes on immortal life and have turned their wrath on trick-or-treaters and it's up to the 300-year-old cat to save the day.

Writers: David Kirschner, Mick Garris


Bette Midler

Winifred 'Winnie' Sanderson

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Sanderson

Kathy Najimy

Mary Sanderson

Omri Katz

Max Dennison

Thora Birch


Vinessa Shaw


Jodie Rivera

Emily Binx

(as Amanda Shepherd)

Larry Bagby


(as Larry Bagby III)

Tobias Jelinek


Stephanie Faracy

Jenny Dennison

Charles Rocket

Dave Dennison

Doug Jones

Billy Butcherson

Karyn Malchus

Headless Billy Butcherson

Sean Murray

Thackery Binx

Steve Voboril


It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Release Date: 16 July 1993

Filming Locations: Ballroom, Park Plaza Hotel – 607 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $28,000,000


Opening Weekend: $8,125,471
(July 1993)

Gross: $39,514,713

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


During a February 10, 2008 interview on the BBC show "Breakfast", Bette Midler stated that out of all of her films, this was her favorite.


Revealing mistakes:
When the Winifred is looking through her spell book, you'll notice the page to the left of the potion page is the same page to the left of the "Black candle" page.


[the spell is broken as the party guests come out all beat and sweaty]

[singing and laughing]
I put a spell on you…

And I thought L.A. was a party town.

User Review

The critics couldn't be more off-target!

Rating: 10/10

While I've been enjoying this film for years, I only recently decided to
read some reviews for it, and am shocked! The truth is, this film is a
wonderfully comical and charming tale of three Salem witches that are
resurrected by a teenage boy, who, with the help of his little sister and
love interest, must try to stop them from stealing the souls of children.
This movie really sparkles in the representations of the witches, who are
all cast perfectly. Bette Midler provides for a hilarious and almost
frightening Winifred (the leader), Sarah Jessica Parker shines as the
dim-witted Sarah, and Kathy Najimy is marvelous as the funny, perky Mary.
What makes the film even better is that there are two stunning musical
numbers–Midler's delightful "I Put a Spell on You" and Parker's hypnotic
"Come, Little Children." Ignore the critics, "Hocus Pocus" is perfect not
only for Halloween, but for any time of the year!