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Practical Magic
Directed by Griffin Dunne
Produced by Denise Di Novi
Written by Alice Hoffman (novel)
Robin Swicord
Starring Sandra Bullock
Nicole Kidman
Stockard Channing
Dianne Wiest
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography Andrew Dunn
Editing by Elizabeth King
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 16 October 1998 (USA)
Running time 103 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget US$60,000,000
Gross revenue US$46,683,377[1] (domestic)
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Practical Magic is a 1998 family fantasy film directed by Griffin Dunne and starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as witches who carry on a family legacy of witchcraft and tragedy. The film is based on a book by Alice Hoffman. The original music score was composed by Alan Silvestri. Thomas Griffin Dunne (born June 8, 1955 in New York, New York) is an American actor and film director. ... Denise Di Novi is an American film producer. ... Alice Hoffman (born March 16, 1952) is an American novelist and young-adult and childrens writer, best known for her 1995 novel Practical Magic, which was adapted for a 1998 film of the same name. ... Robin Swicord (born 1950 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is a German-American film actress. ... Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress and occasional singer. ... Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is a double Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated American actress. ... Alan Silvestri (b. ... “WB” redirects here. ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... A family film is a film genre that, like a childrens film, is suitable for young children, but with the difference that a family film has been carefully written, directed, cast and acted so that it will appeal to all members of a typical family (or if not typical... Fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds. ... Thomas Griffin Dunne (born June 8, 1955 in New York, New York) is an American actor and film director. ... Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is a German-American film actress. ... Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress and occasional singer. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Witchcraft. ... Alice Hoffman (born March 16, 1952) is an American novelist and young-adult and childrens writer, best known for her 1995 novel Practical Magic, which was adapted for a 1998 film of the same name. ... Alan Silvestri (b. ...

  • Tagline: There's a little witch in every woman.

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Plot summary

For more than 200 years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong in their town. It all began with their ancestor, Maria, who was accused of being a witch. The Craft has passed through every generation to sisters Frances (Stockard Channing) and Jet (Dianne Wiest), their nieces, Gillian (Kidman) and Sally (Bullock) and Sally's two daughters; the women in the family never give birth to boys. The Owens family is cursed: any man who falls in love with an Owens woman will die tragically. The women of the town are apprehensive of the Owens women and their lifestyle, viewing them as evil and connected to the Devil. Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is a double Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated American actress. ... This is an overview of the Devil. ...


When Sally was a child, she so despaired of falling victim to the curse, she cast a spell that would protect her from ever falling in love. She chose nearly impossible traits in a man, confident she would never meet someone who would meet them perfectly. The grown-up Sally is desperate for a 'normal' life and gives up practicing magic. She falls in love with the produce merchant Michael, due to a spell cast by her aunts, and marries him, in spite of the curse. Sally truly falls in love with Michael. Sadly, yet not unexpectedly, Michael meets a tragic end, leaving Sally grieving and disillusioned with magic. She comes home to her aunts with her two daughters.


Gillian, impatient with life in a small town, moves away. She meets Jimmy (played by Goran Višnjić), who eventually turns abusive. Gillian calls Sally for help and when Sally arrives, Jimmy kidnaps them both. Sally puts belladonna, a poison, into Jimmy's tequila to knock him out, but uses too much and accidentally kills him. The panicked sisters attempt to resurrect him using a forbidden spell from their aunts' book of magic; a spell so dark the aunts refused to use it to bring back Sally's dead husband, fearing he would come back as something dark and unnatural; but as Gillian points out, Jimmy is already "dark and unnatural." The caveat holds true when Jimmy returns, as evil and cruel as ever. Sally is forced to kill Jimmy a second time, this time hitting him on the head with a frying pan. Goran ViÅ¡njić (pronounced // (VISH-nyich); born September 9, 1972) is a Croatian actor who has appeared in American films and television productions. ... For information on the erotic actress Belladonna see: Belladonna. ...


Jimmy's soul is restless and soon begins to haunt the sisters. The aunts become suspicious and suspect there is something is amuck, but the sisters cannot bring themselves to confess performing such a dark spell. The aunts quietly leave the household, leaving Sally and Gillian a message to "clean up your own mess" but not before providing Sally's daughters with a protective charm to prevent any harm from befalling them. To add to the spiritual chaos, a Federal officer named Gary Hallett (Aidan Quinn) comes looking for Jimmy, as Jimmy is the main suspect for the disappearance of his last girlfriend; he found Sally's personal letter describing her heartbreaking loneliness addressed to Gillian at Jimmy's last hotel room and trace it to the Owens' home. Sally finds herself completely unable to lie to Officer Hallett and when she discovers he has one green eye and one blue, confesses that she cast a love spell when she was a young girl. Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959 Rockford, Illinois, USA) is an Irish-American actor. ...


Jimmy's haunting which begins benignly, progress to outright aggression. First, he announces his presence with oddly out of season red roses and a exponential increase of toads near the Owens' household, he then violently takes to possessing Gillian. The aunts return to the house in time to see the worst possession yet; they decide that in order to dispel Jimmy's from a fragile Gillian, a coven needs to be formed (nine women, "twelve would be better"). Sally is forced to activates the school emergency phone tree, asking for the aid of women who have always feared her and excluded her. And the women come, curious and seeking to help.


The aunts begin the spell, but Jimmy's hold on Gillian's body is fierce, and Sally is forced to come up with another solution to remove Jimmy. In a moment of inspiration, Sally tempts Jimmy/Gillian to the edge of the coven circle (which has acted a forcefield) with a bottle of cheap tequila. When Jimmy/Gillian lunges for the drink, Sally is able to headlock her possessed sister, and slice her palm and her sisters to meld their blood together. The co-mingled blood and bond of sisterhood strong enough to expel Jimmy's spirit, but also breaks the 200 year old curse of the Owens women--men who love them will no longer see their way to an early grave. Jimmy's soul is expelled so suddenly, that he collapses into a pile of dust on the floor; to complete the spell, the coven has a jolly time sweeping him out side where he is buried and pouring a vile smelling potion over his grave to dissolve his corpse and any sign that he ever existed.


Sally receives a letter from Officer Hallett that she and her sister are cleared of any suspicion or wrongdoing in the case of Jimmy Angelov; at the advice of her sister, she realizes that she and Officer Hallett truly belong together and magically summon him as he can hear her "calling from a mile away." He returns to the island immediately to be with Sally.


In a closing scene, the Owens women, daughters and all celebrate All Hallows Eve by mounting their roof and jumping! They float lightly to the ground and are greeted by the townsfolk; The villagers welcome and embrace the Owens women and their Craft, as we see Sally finally accepting herself and her semi normal, semi-fantastical future with Gary, her little girls, her sister and aunts and lots of new friends.


Cast

Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is a German-American film actress. ... Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress and occasional singer. ... Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is a double Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated American actress. ... Goran Višnjić (born on September 9, 1972) is a Croatian actor. ... Aidan Quinn (born March 8, 1959 Rockford, Illinois, USA) is an Irish-American actor. ... Belle in The Ballad of Jack and Rose Camilla Belle Routh (born October 2, 1986) better known as Camilla Belle, is an American actress. ... Evan Rachel Wood (born September 7, 1987[1]) is an American film, television and theater actress, and singer. ... Mark Feuerstein as Clifford Calley on The West Wing. ...

Production

According to Sandra Bullock in the film commentary, in the scene where the Owens women are drunk and slinging insults, the actresses actually got drunk, for they were drinking some very bad tequila that Nicole Kidman brought. Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is a German-American film actress. ... Various brands of tequila Tequila is a spirit made primarily in the area surrounding Tequila, a town in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, 65 km northwest of Guadalajara and in the highlands of Jalisco, 65 km east of Guadalajara. ... Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress and occasional singer. ...


Composer Michael Nyman's score to the movie was abruptly replaced with music by Alan Silvestri for the theatrical release. This last minute change resulted in the release of two soundtracks. This article is about the composer/musician Michael Nyman. ... Alan Silvestri (b. ...


Depiction of witches

The film's fictional depiction of witchcraft features supernatural elements tied closely to biological lineage, as the Craft is handed down each generation of Owens women. Other modern depictions of witches have also used such an interpretation of magic being hereditary (such as Charmed and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch). The film's depiction also openly casts aside the idea of the Devil being associated with the Craft. For other uses, see Charm. ... For the television series, see Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series). ... This is an overview of the Devil. ...


At the end of the film, once all the Owens women have "come out" to the village as witches, they dress up in black robes and red-and-white striped stockings, similar to those worn by the Wicked Witch of the East in The Wizard of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the East is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum in his classic books. ... The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical fantasy film based on L. Frank Baums turn-of-the-century childrens story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which a resourceful American girl is snatched up by a Kansas tornado and deposited in a fantastic land of witches, talking...


Novel

The film differs wildly from the original novel in several ways, including the flowers growing over Jimmy's grave (lilacs), the birth order of Sally's daughters (Antonia is the older daughter and in the book they are also teenagers by the end), and the fact that Sally actually rejected magic very early on in life due to a humiliation in school; Michael's death cemented this, rather than caused it. Other differences include:

  • Jimmy is also not foreign at all, although the cowboy obsession was still a factor. His personality in the movie was actually changed to allow Goran Visnjic to take the role.
  • The fate of the lovesick woman the Aunts help is also recurrent in the novel, a reminder to "be careful what you wish for".
  • The Aunts, while not neglectful, are not as warm and loving as they are in the movie and delight in using their talents for the village women, although the caution of watching what you wish for is always there.
  • Jimmy's death is attributed, not to the belladonna poisoning, but to possible alcohol poisoning and he died at a rest stop. Although him striking Gillian is not a direct factor in his death, he is depicted as being something of a sadist to begin with. His ring is also not a skull, but a cactus and a snake.

Goran Višnjić (born on September 9, 1972) is a Croatian actor. ...

Television spin-off

A television pilot based on the film, titled Sudbury was filmed for CBS in 2003. It starred Kim Delaney, Jeri Ryan, Kat Dennings, Gage Golightly, Dixie Carter, Shirley Knight and Esai Morales. Sandra Bullock served as executive producer. The pilot was not picked up. A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Kim Delaney (born November 29, 1959 in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actress. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Katherine Dennings (born June 13, 1986) is an American actress. ... Gage Golightly was born on September 5, 1993. ... Dixie Carter in a 1986 Designing Women episode Dixie Virginia Carter (born May 25, 1939) is an American actress noted for her portrayals of Southern women. ... Shirley Enola Knight, also known by her married name of Shirley Knight Hopkins, was born on July 5, 1936, to a wealthy family in Goessel, Kansas. ... Esai Morales Esai Morales (born October 1, 1962) is an actor who most recently starred as Lt. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


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