June 24th, 2005


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Thinking he can overshadow an unknown actress in the part, an egocentric actor unknowingly gets a witch cast in an upcoming television remake of the classic show "Bewitched".

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 4.8/10 (35,307 voted)

Critic's Score: 34/100

Director: Nora Ephron

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine

Out in California's San Fernando Valley, Isabel is trying to reinvent herself. A naïve, good-natured witch, she is determined to disavow her supernatural powers and lead a normal life. At the same time, across town, Jack Wyatt a tall, charming actor is trying to get his career back on track. He sets his sights on an updated version of the beloved 1960s situation comedy Bewitched, re-conceived as a starring vehicle for himself in the role of the mere-mortal Darrin. Fate steps in when Jack accidentally runs into Isabel. He is immediately attracted to her and her nose, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the nose of Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha in the original TV version of Bewitched. He becomes convinced she could play the witch Samantha in his new series. Isabel is also taken with Jack, seeing him as the quintessential mortal man with whom she can settle down and lead the normal life she so desires...

Writers: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron

Nicole Kidman - Isabel Bigelow / Samantha
Will Ferrell - Jack Wyatt / Darrin
Shirley MacLaine - Iris Smythson / Endora
Michael Caine - Nigel Bigelow
Jason Schwartzman - Ritchie
Kristin Chenoweth - Maria Kelly
Heather Burns - Nina
Jim Turner - Larry
Stephen Colbert - Stu Robison
David Alan Grier - Jim Fields
Michael Badalucco - Joey Props
Carole Shelley - Aunt Clara
Steve Carell - Uncle Arthur
Katie Finneran - Sheila Wyatt
James Lipton - Himself

Taglines: Be warned. Be ready.


Official Website: Columbia Tristar [France] | Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 24 June 2005

Filming Locations: 4427 Radford Ave, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $20,131,130 (USA) (26 June 2005) (3174 Screens)

Gross: $131,426,169 (Worldwide) (6 January 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The 'Bewitched (1964)' theme that we hear about halfway through the film, complete with lyrics, sounds like Frank Sinatra but it was actually a 1964 recording done by Steve Lawrence who was known for his uncanny impersonation of Sinatra.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At one point in the film Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) complains that in the original, Darrin was recast and no one noticed. In actuality, fans were so turned off by the sudden, unexplained switched the show plunged drastically in the ratings and was canceled soon after.

[first lines]
Isabel Bigelow: [Outside a house at which Isabel has just landed and made available for rent, furnished, with an open house today] It's perfect!
Realtor: Oh, great!
Isabel Bigelow: I'll take it.

User Review

It had so much potential...

Rating: 5/10

It had so much potential... but they really blew it. They had so many great actors but a bad script. I had wanted to see this movie for so long because I had loved the TV show. And while I was sitting there I was waiting for moment where I thought it would get better but it never came. It seemed to go downhill with every passing moment. The movie dragged and dragged on. Shirley McLaine and Michael Caine's story was never resolved and the appearance of Uncle Arthur was forced and ridiculous. Aunt Clara was also another character that just wasn't written well at all. The special effects were done well but there wasn't enough of them...and considering this was about a witch, I expected more. If you loved the TV show, then you will be disappointed. If you never watched the TV show, you will be clueless and completely bored. The only good thing... Nicole Kidman was cute. And her clothes were nice. But cute and nice weren't enough.