Browning Cinema

The Witches (1990)

Sunday, April 7, 2019
The Witches Professor Pfinklepfunder’s Family Films
Professor Pfinklepfunder’s $1 Sunday Family Films
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
With Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher
Rated PG, 91 minutes, Blu-ray

The second Roald Dahl adaptation of this semester’s Pfinklepfunder series was directed by Nicolas Roeg, a fascination choice given his past films (e.g., directing the David Bowie vehicle The Man Who Fell to Earth). While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterling), young Luke (Jasen Fisher) kills time by snooping here and there.

As luck would have it, Luke inadvertently stumbles upon a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. As bad luck would have it, the witches realize that Luke has overheard their ruinous plot and test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer (Rowan Atkinson), Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches and save kids worldwide from a murine fate.






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