The Witches (2020 movie)

2020 film directed by Robert Zemeckis

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
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]

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

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.


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