The Witches

The Witches (1990)

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Corrected entry: In the scene when the Grand High Witch first steps on the stage in the convention room, her dress is shown as tight-fitted and far above her knee. After she reveals her true face, her dress is shown as loose and far below her knee. When she puts her mask back on, her dress is again fitted and above her knee.


Correction: This is not a mistake at all. If you observe the Grand High Witch in the scene prior to stepping on stage she is seen to be wearing a cape. It is actually a cape/skirt attached to the back of her dress. This is why it seems to be a wardrobe change between shots.

Corrected entry: If the witch's secretary could change Luke back into a human, how come the Grand High Witch, the most powerful witch, had no such power to transform herself or the other witches back into their original forms as they were turning into mice? In fact, they never explain why the secretary had such miraculous powers.

Correction: This is a question, not a submission. Perhaps since the High Witch was transformed, her powers disappear. They don't need to explain why the secretary had powers.


Correction: Luke's grandmother has already said that witches stalk small children, so the witch could have easily followed him home with out being noticed.

Corrected entry: As Miss Irvine sits alone in her room, drinking tea and eating cake, she says "Didn't want to be one of them anyway," but her mouth doesn't move at all.


Correction: She isn't saying it out loud; she's saying it in her head to herself.

Corrected entry: When Luke asks his grandmother if she had ever seen the Grand High Witch, she replies that nobody ever has. Later, in the film, at the hotel Helga sees the Grand High Witch and says there's something familiar about her. Plus, when the witches are turning into mice, Helga points to the Grand High Witch. Since Helga never saw her before, there's no way she should know exactly which of the witches was really the Grand High Witch.

Correction: Luke knew she was the Grand High Witch and told his grandmother. It's not exactly difficult to describe someone who looks like Anjelica Huston. Plus she did see her, when she distracted the cat with her yarn.

Greg Dwyer

Earlier in the movie, before Luke is turned into a mouse, him and Helga are in the dining room and when Helga sees the Grand High Witch in disguise, Helga says that she looks familiar but can't seem to place her.

Character mistake: When the Grand High Witch and her assistant enter her room while Luke gets the formula, they're wearing pointy shoes. Earlier, it was mentioned that witches never wear pointy shoes.

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Question: After having so many disappointments over the way that Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was filmed, Roald Dahl swore he would never be involved in any movie that was based on one of his books. How then was the rights to turn the novel "The Witches" into a movie acquired? Wouldn't the director have needed Roald's permission?

Answer: "The Witches" was made twenty years after "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", and in that time television adaptations had been made of "The BFG" and "Danny the Champion of the World" of which Dahl approved, so presumably he had relaxed his view of adaptations of his books - however he did hate the ending of The Witches film.

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