Practical Magic

Other mistake: In the end credits, the filmmakers misspell the name of the town they wish to thank. They spell it "Coupville", but it's actually spelled "Coupeville."


Continuity mistake: When Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman are getting ready to bring back Nicole Kidman's jerk boyfriend from the dead, they are going to put him on a counter that has towels and other stuff on it. The camera shows them picking him up and putting him on the counter, and when they do, the towels and stuff are all gone, without them clearing it off. (00:36:40)

Continuity mistake: When they do the spell on Nicole's boyfriend, Nicole cuts his top, then in the next scene, it's a different, buttoned up top, not the one that Nicole cut in the first scene.

Continuity mistake: Aunt Jet picks up a broom after Sally and Gillian banish Jimmy's spirit from Gillian's body. In the next shot, where the spirit is swirling near the ceiling, she is not holding the broom but has it again in the shot following.

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene with Nicole Kidman's exorcism, the camera pans to the area above the mantle, where previously the girls had been removing pictures. You can see a section of the wall, about the size of a picture, opening and banging back into the wall. It appears that they intended to hang a picture there and have it banging during the scene, but forgot to hang it up. (01:28:45)

Continuity mistake: When Jillian is running away with her boyfriend for the first time, when they are getting ready to exchange blood for bonding, the camera cuts to her boyfriend on the ground below the deck. Right as Jillian says "honey", he begins taking out his pocket knife. When Jillian says "need your pocket knife", he has already thrown it up to them.

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Suggested correction: She says "honey" and he starts taking it out. She says "I need your pocket knife" and then he throws it up.

Factual error: When Sally is leaving to rescue Gilly from her boyfriend she asks the Aunts to look after her children. The Aunts then say that they will take the children with them to the solstice celebration. A few days later when the cop is interviewing Sally he gives the date as March 8th. There are two solstices each year, one in December and one in June. Since this film takes place in early March, the Aunts could not have been going to a solstice celebration.

Continuity mistake: When Sandra just goes to her shop after staying in bed for a few days she places a bottle on the shelf, but in the next scene it's gone.

Continuity mistake: When Aidan Quinn is questioning Sandra, as he is coming out of the herb house, he pulls out the letter that Sandra wrote Gillian. In one shot his hand and the envelope is facing one direction, in the next shot, they are facing a different direction.

Continuity mistake: Just before Sally and Aidian kiss for the first time, (in the bedroom) they are talking about the disappearance of Gillian's boyfriend. There's one shot where Sally tucks some of her hair behind her right ear. She leaves a clump of it in front of her ear. A shot or so later, a lot less hair is in front of her ear. Just before they kiss, the large clump is back.

Continuity mistake: When Sally and Aiden are talking, Sally takes his badge. It's in her hand in one shot as she's explaining about it's symbolism and in the next, he's holding it.

Character mistake: In the scene when Gillian and Sally are dragging the boyfriend in to put him on the table Gillian says, "Watch his balls Sal". It is in Nicole Kidman's native Australian accent and the rest of the movie she speaks with a Northeastern US accent.

Continuity mistake: When all of the women come to form the coven to drive the ghost out of Nicole Kidman, all of the women are standing holding the brooms. When Nicole gets up and rushes at them, all of the brooms are on the floor, and the women are standing back from them. Next scene, they are holding them again.

Continuity mistake: When they have just swept the ashes from the boyfriend onto the grass, Gillian and Sally grab the boiling pot with pot holders. They keep them on top, but use bare hands to help pour it.

Continuity mistake: When Aidan Quinn is showing the letter to Sandra Bullock as he leaves the herb garden, the first shot is him tucking the envelope into his inner pocket in his jacket. The next shot, his hands are on his hips. The third shot, he's still tucking it away before he puts his hands on his hips.

Revealing mistake: During the exorcism, we see the women grabbing hands to form the circle, but it is the same three pairs of hands repeated several times, giving the illusion that all 12 women did it.

Continuity mistake: After they poison Jimmy and are riding in the car and when they get to the kitchen, Nicole Kidman's hair style changes back and forth between shots. Sometimes it's parted and pulled slightly behind her ears and others it's not.

Continuity mistake: During the Phone Tree meeting Sally places a spell on a woman that's talking trash about Gillian. When the woman flinches from what sounds like a whack on her hand, you can see Nicole Kidman's hair pushed back behind her ears, when they show a close up of her and Sandra Bullock right afterwards, Nicole's hair isn't behind her ears and looks like it never was.

Gary Hallet: You're saying what I'm feeling is just one of your spells?
Sally Owens: Yeah. It's not real. And if you stay, I wouldn't know if it was because of the spell and... you wouldn't know if it was because I didn't want to go to prison.
Gary Hallet: Yeah, well... you know, all relationships have problems.

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Trivia: The production hired a practising witch to be a consultant. However, after being hired, the witch began making insane demands, including wanting a percentage of the gross, some merchandizing rights, and an additional $250,000 on top of what she was already being paid. After the production understandably refused, she began screaming in tongues over the phone and "cursed" the production, then began lawyering up. The studio heads freaked out, and paid her just to get her to leave the production.


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Question: Near the end when Sally is in the circle with Gilly, there is a series of flashbacks. There is a shot of a woman with curly shoulder length hair surrounded by white. Who is she? She's not their mother as she has long straight hair.

Answer: She is the one from the opening sequence, their "great, great, great" grandmother who started the whole "curse" thing.

Bruce Minnick

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