The Witches

1990

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Horror / Mystery

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94% · 48 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70% · 50K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.8/10 10 54312 54.3K

Director

Top cast

Anjelica Huston as Miss Ernst / Grand High Witch
Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Stringer
Brenda Blethyn as Mrs. Jenkins
Jane Horrocks as Miss Irvine
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841.21 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
Seeds 7
1.52 GB
1920*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
Seeds 17

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tweetienator 7 / 10

The One and Only Witches

This is the movie adaption you should watch - The Witches from 1990 got more charm, is more enchanting and got the better cast. Yes, the special effects of the new adaption are stronger, but that's it. If you got family time in front of your TV, put Nicolas Roeg's adaption on screen. The Witches 1990 is a great joy ride with some really ugly and mean witches, who get what they deserve. Still great, charming and entertaining with lots of fun ideas. Great classic book by Roald Dahl too.

Reviewed by preppy-3 8 / 10

Unjustly forgotten fantasy

Very strange fantasy in which a young boy Luke (Jasen Fisher) and his friend Bruno (Charles Potter) get in trouble with some witches (led by Anjelicia Huston). Luke's Norwegian aunt (Mai Zetterling), a former witch, helps him battle the others.

When this came out in 1990 critics loved it, but audiences stayed away. Real witches attacked the film because it portrayed witches as evil, ugly and wanting to kill all children. They overreacted--it's just a FANTASY, not reality. Also it was way too strong (and strange) to attract a family audience...too scary for kids and adults assumed it was a kids movie. But it is a good fantasy for high schoolers and adults.

Nicholas Roegs' direction is off-putting (he directs it like it's high art), but the special effects are truly incredible (especially the mice) and there are wonderful performances by Zetterling and Huston (going WAY over the top in her acting).

It's a very strange movie--definitely a one of a kind. It's worth a look.

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 8 / 10

The Witches Convention

The boy Luke (Jasen Fisher) is spending vacation in Norway at the house of his grandmother Helga Eveshim (Mai Zetterling) house with his parents. She tells stories of evil witches and how her best childhood friend was kidnapped by a witch. Out of the blue, Luke's parents have a car accident and die and Helga becomes Luke's guardian. They move to England and one day, a woman approaches and speaks to Luke, but he identifies that she is a witch. One day, Helga falls ill and her doctor tells that it is her diabetes. She decides to travel to a seaside hotel to recover from her diabetes. On the arrival, Luke befriends the fat boy Bruno Jenkins (Charlie Potter) and has problems with the manager Mr. Stringer (Rowan Atkinson) because of his pet white mice. Meanwhile a group of women from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children arrive for a convention with their leader Miss Eva Ernst (Anjelica Huston). But soon Luke learns that Eva is indeed the Grand High Witch and their convention is to distribute a magic potion to turn boys into mice in England. When the Grand High Witch sees Luke, she turns him into a mouse. What will the boy do?

"The Witches" is one of the most delightful movies from the 90's. This film has not aged and the timeless story is wonderful no matter the age of the viewer. That cast is perfect and Anjelica Huston is fantastic in the role of a powerful witch. The make-up and special effects are magnificent and still impressive twenty-seven years later. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Convenção das Bruxas" ("Witches Convention")

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