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Anjelica Huston stars in this fantasy based on a Roald Dahl book about a little boy and his kindly grandmother thwarting a coven of witches who want to rid Britain of children by turning them into mice. Vacationing at a seaside hotel with his grandmother, a young boy discovers that a convention of witches is also staying there and finds out about the evil plans of their Grand High Witch (Huston). Jim Henson devised the creature effects in his last film.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations.
It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor...
June 22, 2017
The Witches is a slow-to-get-going but ultimately entertaining yarn about a nasty coven conspiring...
June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Some kids will love it, some may find disturbing.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this story has a genuinely twisted flavor that some children will love and others will find disturbing. Luke is exceptionally brave and enjoys being a mouse (in the movie, he is changed back, but in the book, he stays a mouse). Children may be upset not only by the witches, but also by the death (offscreen) of Luke's parents and his seeming indifference to it.
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- Genre:Horror, Family, Fantasy
- Release Date:February 16, 1990
- Audio Format:Stereo
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