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Bewitched

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Director: Nora Ephron, Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine

Cast: Nora Ephron, Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine

     
 

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Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this updated adaptation of a classic situation comedy that also casts a satirical eye on the entertainment industry. Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is a movie star whose career has been going into a slow and steady decline. Desperate for a project that will give his reputation a jump start, Jack agrees to star in a film version of the once

Overview

Nora Ephron directed and co-wrote this updated adaptation of a classic situation comedy that also casts a satirical eye on the entertainment industry. Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) is a movie star whose career has been going into a slow and steady decline. Desperate for a project that will give his reputation a jump start, Jack agrees to star in a film version of the once-popular television series Bewitched as hapless hubby Darrin Stephens, under the condition that an unknown actress be cast as the female lead so he won't be upstaged. After auditioning dozens of women who fail to make the grade, Jack meets lovely and charming Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman), and is immediately certain she's the perfect choice to play witch-turned-housewife Samantha. However, there's one thing neither Jack nor the producers of the film know -- Isabel really is a witch, and while she's been trying to get along without her powers to better fit in among mortals, she will use her special talents when need be. The film also stars Michael Caine as Isabel's father, Nigel, Shirley MacLaine as Iris Smythson (the actress hired to play Endora), and Jason Schwartzman as Jack's agent.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Not just a remake of the classic TV sitcom, this ambitious and generally amusing spin-off uses the same basic premise while adding meta-spin on things. It begins with fading movie star Jack Wyatt (Will Ferrell) reluctantly accepting the role of Darrin in an updated version of the ‘60s TV show. Along with his somewhat oily agent (Jason Schwartzman), Jack attempts to turn the project into a showcase for himself and therefore insists on casting a total unknown as Samantha. Enter Isabel Bigelow (Nicole Kidman), a real-life witch who’d love nothing better than to leave her past and powers behind, much to the chagrin of her suave, sarcastic father (Michael Caine). The impossibility of doing so animates much of the plot, during the course of which Isabel rather improbably falls for the egotistical, too-clever-by-half actor. Kidman makes a charming witch and a perfect foil for Ferrell, whose improvisational antics steal the show (and continue to get laughs with alternate takes played over the end credits). The script, written by director Nora Ephron with her sister Delia, is a bit uneven and offers more opportunities for Ferrell than for Kidman. But it gives some pungent lines to supporting players Caine and Shirley MacLaine, who’s a hoot as the superannuated spell caster hired to play Endora. Best of all may be Steve Carell, who channels Paul Lynne and plays it to the hilt as Uncle Arthur. One can’t help but feel that Ephron and company failed to realize the concept’s full potential, but on the whole Bewitched works wonderfully well as a comedic showcase for its personable stars.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0043396102101
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
29,709

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Nora Ephron; deleted scenes; "Witch Vision" trivia track; Bewitched trivia game; "Casting a Spell" making-of featurette; "Star Shots" featurette; "Why I Love Bewitched" featurette.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Isabel Bigelow/Samantha
Will Ferrell Jack Wyatt/Darrin
Shirley MacLaine Iris Smythson/Endora
Michael Caine Nigel Bigelow
Jason Schwartzman Richie
Kristin Chenoweth Maria Kelly
Heather Burns Nina
Jim Turner Larry
Stephen Colbert Stu Robison
David Alan Grier Jim Fields
Steve Carell Uncle Arthur
Liesel Staubitz Trick-or-Treater

Technical Credits
Nora Ephron Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Steve Arnold Art Director
Regina Bailey Stunts
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Steven H. Berman Executive Producer
Ron Bochar Sound/Sound Designer
Stacey Howell Brown Stunts
Albert Cho Asst. Director
Henry Cline Camera Operator
Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
Max Daniels Stunts
Darrell Davis Stunts
Dianne Dreyer Associate Producer
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Maggie Elliot Makeup
Delia Ephron Screenwriter
George Fenton Score Composer
Lucy Fisher Producer
Ian Fox Camera Operator
Angie Glocka Animator
Peter Griffith Set Decoration/Design
Dawn Guinta Production Manager
Sony Pictures Imageworks Animator,Special Effects
Lisa Layman Makeup
John Lindley Cinematographer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Francine Maisler Casting
Penny Marshall Producer
Robert McCann Makeup
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
James W. Skotchdopole Executive Producer
Keith W. Smith Animator
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Patricia Tallman Stunts
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Choreography
Amy Vincent Cinematographer
Mary Pat Walsh Associate Producer
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
Doug Wick Producer
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design
Thom Harris Williams Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Bewitched
1. Start [:00]
2. "I Want To Be Like Everyone Else" [:00]
3. The Jackerator [:00]
4. Strange New World [:00]
5. Sweet, Unkempt & Troubled [:00]
6. Suddenly Samantha [:00]
7. Maria [:00]
8. Meet The Cast [:00]
9. Day 1 [:00]
10. "What Would Samantha Do?" [:00]
11. Dog Day [:00]
12. Daddy's Crush [:00]
13. Aunt Clara [:00]
14. The Love Hex [:00]
15. Something Terrible [:00]
16. Jack Stops By [:00]
17. Rewind [:00]
18. Test Scores [:00]
19. Restart [:00]
20. "Magic" [:00]
21. Something Going On [:00]
22. Party At Jacks [:00]
23. "I'm A Witch" [:23]
24. Recasting [3:04]
25. Going Home [3:18]
26. Uncle Arthur's Advice [4:37]
27. Chasing Isabel [2:04]
28. Caught Between Two Worlds [4:14]

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Bewitched 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell are at their best. This movie is so funny and cute you just want to see it over and over again. I loved it! It's a great hit and it is totally spectacular.
popprincess99 More than 1 year ago
FUN! A good magical movie. This movie is super fun!! It's so sweet, and a great comedy. The witch plays the witch. It's a great film you enjoy again and again! Will Ferrel is so hilarious. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
This updated version of Bewitched is really witty in it's approach to the subject matter, causing this movie to rise above most remakes of old TV shows. Kudos to the screenwriters of this movie for providing a fresh perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love Nicole Kidman and she gives this role her all, but the movie was just too darn confusing. Will Ferrell is great as Jack Wyatt. The idea of trying to blur the line between reality and tv only served to confuse me and the whole "Rewind" plot didn't even need to be filmed if you ask me. Shirley Maclaine does great as Endora, but her other role as Iris was confusing as well.
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