The Witches (2020 movie)

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The Witches
Directed byRobert Zemeckis
Screenplay by
Based onThe Witches
by Roald Dahl
Produced by
CinematographyDon Burgess
Edited by
  • Jeremiah O'Driscoll
  • Ryan Chan
Music byAlan Silvestri
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • October 22, 2020 (2020-10-22) (United States)
  • October 29, 2020 (2020-10-29) (Mexico)
Running time
105 minutes
  • United States
  • Mexico[1]

Roald Dahl's The Witches (also known as The Witches) is a 2020 dark fantasy comedy movie directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis, Kenya Barris, and Guillermo del Toro. It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl and is the second feature-length adaptation of the novel, following the 1990 movie of the same name. The movie stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci, and is narrated by Chris Rock.

The Witches was made available on HBO Max in the United States on October 22, 2020. It received mixed reviews from critics.

Plot[change | change source]

A boy named Charlie moves in with his grandmother, Agatha, after the death of his parents. While at the shop, he encounters a strange lady. Agatha tells him that the lady is a witch. Agatha tells Charlie that witches hate children and that they disguise themselves as normal women.

They go to a hotel to get away from the witch. Agatha gives Charlie a pet mouse named Daisy. He hides in the hotel ballroom so he can train her in secret. However, a group of women enter so Charlie hides under the stage. It is revealed that the women are witches and they are having their annual meeting.

The Grand High Witch introduces her new potion which transforms children into mice. She demonstrates it on a boy named Bruno Jenkins. The witches also find Charlie and turn him into a mouse. Charlie and Bruno are rescued by Daisy, who is revealed to have also been a child-turned-mouse. The mice escape back to Agatha.

Charlie steals the potion from the Grand High Witch's hotel room and puts it in the witches' soup at dinner. All of the witches become mice. Agatha and the three mice fight the Grand High Witch in her hotel room and catapult the potion into her mouth. She becomes a mouse. A few years later, Charlie and Agatha are teaching children how to avoid witches.

Cast[change | change source]

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Canada 22 October 2020 (internet)
 United States 22 October 2020 (internet)
 United Kingdom 26 October 2020 (internet)
 Italy 28 October 2020 (internet)
  Switzerland 29 October 2020 (German speaking region)
 Germany 29 October 2020
 Denmark 29 October 2020
 Mexico 29 October 2020
 Portugal 29 October 2020
 Russia 29 October 2020
 Estonia 30 October 2020
 Spain 30 October 2020
 Lithuania 30 October 2020
 Hungary 5 November 2020
 Singapore 5 November 2020
 Taiwan 5 November 2020
 Uruguay 5 November 2020
 France 18 November 2020
 Netherlands 18 November 2020
 Brazil 19 November 2020
 Sweden 27 November 2020
 Iceland 4 December 2020
 Japan 4 December 2020
 Australia 10 December 2020
 Finland 11 December 2020
 Argentina 14 January 2021

References[change | change source]

  1. "'The Witches': Guillermo del Toro Producing Robert Zemeckis-Directed Remake!". Bloodydisgusting. Retrieved June 19, 2018.