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The Witches (1966 film)

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Adapted from  The Witches
Language  English
Director  Nicolas Roeg
Screenplay  Allan Scott
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  21 November 1966 (London) February 1967 (United States)
Based on  The Devils Own (novel)
Cast  Anjelica Huston (Grand High Witch), Rowan Atkinson (Mr Stringer), Jasen Fisher (Luke Eveshim), Mai Zetterling (Helga Eveshim), Jane Horrocks (Miss Irvine)
Similar movies  Roald Dahl wrote the story for The Witches and James and the Giant Peach

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While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterling), young Luke (Jasen Fisher) inadvertently spies on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches 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.


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The Witches (US: The Devils Own) is a 1966 British horror film made by Hammer Films. It was adapted by Nigel Kneale from the novel The Devils Own by Norah Lofts, under the pseudonym Peter Curtis. It was directed by Cyril Frankel and starred Joan Fontaine (in her final feature-film performance), Alec McCowen, Kay Walsh, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting (billed as Ingrid Brett), Gwen Ffrangcon Davies and Rudolph Walker. This was the final big-screen film role for Fontaine.

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A British schoolteacher (Joan Fontaine) travels to Africa to work as a missionary. She has a nervous breakdown after being exposed to witchcraft during a rebellion led by witch doctors. Returning to England to recover, she is hired by wealthy siblings Alan and Stephanie Bax (Alec McCowen and Kay Walsh) to become head teacher of the small private school in their rural village.

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Gwen soon detects a sinister undercurrent beneath the pleasantries of the village life, starting with Alans admission that he is not really a priest. Soon more suspicious events occur, including the reappearance of a missing doll without its head.

She also becomes suspicious of the way the villagers are treating Linda Rigg, a 14-year-old girl (Ingrid Boulting). Her investigations point to witchcraft.


  • Joan Fontaine as Gwen Mayfield
  • Kay Walsh as Stephanie Bax
  • Alec McCowen as Alan Bax
  • Ann Bell as Sally Benson
  • Ingrid Boulting as Linda Rigg (as Ingrid Brett)
  • John Collin as Dowsett
  • Michele Dotrice as Valerie Creek
  • Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as Granny Rigg (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
  • Duncan Lamont as Bob Curd
  • Leonard Rossiter as Dr. Wallis
  • Martin Stephens as Ronnie Dowsett
  • Carmel McSharry as Mrs. Dowsett
  • Viola Keats as Mrs. Curd
  • Shelagh Fraser as Mrs. Creek
  • Bryan Marshall as Tom
  • Production

    The village of Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, was the filming location for the fictional village of Heddaby. Interiors were filmed at Hammers usual studio at Bray in the same year the famous horror film company vacated their home altogether for (mainly) Elstree and Pinewood. The cast featured child-actor Martin Stephens, then 17. The supporting cast also included Hammer regular Duncan Lamont, as well as John Collin, Michele Dotrice, Leonard Rossiter and Bryan Marshall. The score was by Richard Rodney Bennett.

    In a later magazine interview Nigel Kneale said he was dissatisfied with the way the film had turned out. Personally he found modern black magic practitioners to be fairly risible and he had intended to poke fun at the idea of an English coven. His blackly comic touches were removed by the production team, who wanted the film to be entirely serious.

    Similar Movies

    Roald Dahl wrote the story for The Witches and James and the Giant Peach. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). Roald Dahl wrote the story for The Witches and The BFG. The Rescuers (1977). The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion - the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).

    Critical reception

    Variety called the film "routine entertainment". The Hammer Story: The Authorised Biography of Hammer Films called the film "unsettling, though compromised by a hysterical climax", writing, "when The Witches strikes the right balance it ultimately succeeds as an engrossing thriller, even if it ultimately disappoints as Hammer horror."

    As of 2013, The Witches currently holds a three star rating (5.8/10) on IMDb and 40% maximum approval on Rotten Tomatoes.


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