Practical Magic

October 16th, 1998


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Sandra Bullock as SallySally, Gillian, Frances & JetLauren Holly at event of Practical MagicSally, Gillian and Gary have a picnicGillian & SallyNicole Kidman as Gillian Owens

Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death...

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.6/10 (27,459 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Griffin Dunne

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing

Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens' sorcery also carries a price--some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.

Writers: Alice Hoffman, Robin Swicord

Sandra Bullock - Sally Owens
Nicole Kidman - Gillian Owens
Stockard Channing - Aunt Frances 'Fran' Owens
Dianne Wiest - Aunt Bridget 'Jet' Owens
Goran Visnjic - Jimmy Angelov
Aidan Quinn - Officer Gary Hallet
Evan Rachel Wood - Kylie Owens
Alexandra Artrip - Antonia Owens
Mark Feuerstein - Michael
Caprice Benedetti - Maria Owens
Annabella Price - Lovelorn Lady
Camilla Belle - Sally Owens @ Age 11
Lora Anne Criswell - Gillian Owens @ Age 10
Margo Martindale - Linda Bennett
Chloe Webb - Carla

Taglines: Prepare to come under their spell


Official Website: Warner Bros. |

Release Date: 16 October 1998

Filming Locations: Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,104,694 (USA) (18 October 1998) (2652 Screens)

Gross: $46,732,881 (USA) (10 January 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The black dog that follows Sally's (Sandra Bullock's character) husband Michael (Mark Feuerstein's character) on the day of his death is no accident. According to several cultural traditions (mainly those of the British isles and Latin America), a sign of impending death can take the form of a black dog.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Gillian describes Jimmy to Sally (he reminds her of cowboy Dracula), she says that Transylvania is located in Bulgaria. It's in Romania.

Sally Owens: It was the curse, wasn't it? He died because I loved him so much.

User Review

Magical Fun


This is a "fun" movie, surprising and funny but much more for adults than children- it's too scary and graphic for little ones. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman give star-powered performances- both deliver the goods here and you'll enjoy it whether you're fans of them or if you're not. They're simply charming and as much as people may want to dislike Kidman for being Ms. Cruise, she again proves she's a star in her own right.

Forget the critics and the Be-faithful-to-the-book drones, this is a good movie- hip, edgy and sometimes spooky. If this was a movie made by two unknown actresses, it would be a "gem" critics would recommend to audiences, but for some reason with Bullock and Kidman, it gets reviewed on a different scale and ends up short for people. Forget all that- it's great entertainment with yes, two pretty big stars- but they can't help that so get over it and enjoy the movie for what it is- a real "gem."