This movie from 1998 was based on a book of the same title written by Alice Hoffman. The book is a very different story from the movie, but I truly love both for their similarities and differences.
In the movie, directed by Griffin Dunne, the Owens women suffer under a curse going back to their magical ancestor Maria Owens. Back in the old days, her heart was broken when she realized that her lover would never come to her rescue, so she cast a spell so that she will never fall in love again, but her bitterness over the incident turned the spell into a curse. Now it seems that an untimely death comes to any man who dares to love an Owens woman. As children, Sally and Gillian Owens parents died, their father from the curse and their mother of a broken heart, and they are raised by their wonderfully witchy aunts Fran (Stockard Channing) and Jet. (Dianne West)
|Midnight margaritas...I know that spell...er...recipe!|
Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) grow up, Gillian plays the field never getting too serious about love, but Sally falls in love with a great guy, has two beautiful daughters and then the curse kicks in. When her husband dies in a freak accident, she goes into herself, brings her daughters (played delightfully by Evan Rachel Wood and Alexandria Artrip) and moves back in with the aunts. Times get tough, but her sister shows up and gets her back on her feet and breathing again. Next thing you know it's Gillians turn to need her sister when it turns out the guy she's involved with, Jimmy is a real bad guy. After a kidnapping, an attempted strangulation, a belladonna overdose and a botched resurrection spell the sisters find themselves trying to rid themselves of one mean angry ghost.
Enter the very hot lawman, officer Gary Hallet (Aiden Quinn...mmmm) who shows up looking for Gillian's ex boyfriend who it turns out is/was a murderer. Dodged a bullet there ladies, Gary also has fallen for Sally and he has all the impossible attributes of her childhood spell!
|What a house! I could have breakfast there, want to join me?|
There are so many wonderful scenes in this movie, the classic scene where they have midnight margaritas, the spell to bring Jimmy back including the pentagram drawn on his chest with whipped cream, the phone tree, and who wouldn't want the aunts Book of Shadows?! I love Sally's trick for blowing candles "on," and how about that house!?
|"Something white to write with" whipped cream in a pinch!|
I also love, love, love the soundtrack for this movie, featuring Stevie Nick's Crystal (which I have always believed has magic in it) This Kiss by Faith Hill, Coconut by Harry Nilsson, etc. great music!
|Halloween at the Owen's house.|
One of the greatest witchy movies of all time in my book, and I always love to watch it this time of year!
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