The Witches (1990) is a UK American comedy adventure movie that was filmed in Headland Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall, England, UK, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway and Cookham Dean, Berkshire, England, UK. The movie is based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same name. Director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout (1971), Don’t Look Now (1973), Performance (1970)) did a phenomenal executing this movie that revolves around witches who go around as ordinary females.
Luke Eveshim (Jasen Fisher) was nine-year-old when his grandmother Helga in Norway told him real stories about witches. Helga told Luke that the female witches are demonic and hate children because they smell awful, and only the witches can smell them. She went on to telling him about her friend from her childhood days that is trapped in a painting because the witch did that to her. Helga (Mai Zetterling - Hidden Agenda (1990), Only Two Can Play (1962), Torment (1944)) became Luke’s legal guardian after his parents died in a car crash. They moved to England and met Bruno Jenkins (Charlie Potter) at a beach resort. It so happens that all of the witches in England is also staying at that hotel and disguised themselves as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Luke accidently heard the witches and discovered that his grandmother was telling him the truth as he hears the witches saying that they have a weapon to turn children into mice. The witches plan on opening candy stores to lure kids and turn them into mice and flee. Luke is turned into a mouse as he tries to escape. Luke started to think like the witches as he tries to devise a plan to kill all of the witches. Will Luke’s plan work? Will Luke and Bruno change back to normal little boys?
I enjoyed every bit of this movie, and so did my family. It was a beautiful story that was captured nicely and had great graphics. I have watched this movie more than once because it shows how courageous Luke is and how this one person wants to risk his life to save so many others. The movie had its flaws, but it flourishes with magnificent acting, special effects, and cinematography. The movie had a few plot holes and mishaps. I gave this movie a seven because I enjoyed this movie as a kid and I enjoy it just the same today.
About The Witches (1990)
Starring: Jim Carter, Vincent Marzello, Anjelica Huston, Angelique Rockas, Bill Paterson, Jane Horrocks, Jenny Runacre, Kristin Steinsland, Annabel Brooks, Merete Armand, Emma Relph, Ola Otnes, Nora Connolly, Johan Sverre, Rosamund Greenwood, Arvid Ones, Sverre Røssummoen, Mai Zetterling, Anne Tirard, Barbara Hicks, Jasen Fisher, Leila Hoffman, Rowan Atkinson, Roberta Taylor, Brian Hawksley, Brenda Blethyn, Debra Gillett, Charlie Potter, Darcy Flynn, Anne Lambton
Director: Nicolas Roeg
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