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Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996)

Sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, Sabrina Sawyer discovers on her 16th birthday that she's a witch.

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Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)

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Barney Cohen (teleplay), Kathryn Wallack (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Sabrina Sawyer
Sherry Miller ... Aunt Hilda
Charlene Fernetz ... Aunt Zelda
Michelle Beaudoin ... Marnie Littlefield
Ryan Reynolds ... Seth
Tobias Mehler ... Harvey
Lalainia Lindbjerg ... Katy Lemore
Laura Harris ... Freddie
Kea Wong ... Fran
Jo Bates ... Coach
Janine Cox Janine Cox ... Sales Clerk
Biski Gugushe ... Larry
Tyler Labine ... Mark
Jim Swansburg Jim Swansburg ... Mr. Dingle
Noel Geer Noel Geer ... Jeff
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Sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, Sabrina Sawyer discovers on her 16th birthday that she's a witch.

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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English

Release Date:

7 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Unlike the TV series that developed after the movie, Salem has an English accent and Harvey is attracted to Sabrina first. In the TV series, Sabrina is attracted to Harvey first. See more »

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When Katie is sitting in her red car, being informed about the pin the tail on the donkey game at Sabrina's party, as she pulls out of her parking space you can see the reflection of a crew-member in the side of her car. See more »

Connections

Follows Archie's Bang-Shang Lalapalooza Show (1977) See more »

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Sabrina goes to a new high school where she learns she's a witch
11 May 2019 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released to TV in spring 1996, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was the pilot movie for the series that ran for seven years from 1996-2003. The plot revolves around Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) having to move from Massachusetts to live with her two eccentric aunts in Rockland County, New York, where she starts attending Riverdale High, becomes besties with Marnie (Michelle Beaudoin) and contends with requisite mean girl, Katy Lemore (Lalainia Lindbjerg). After her 16th birthday, Sabrina learns she's a witch and grapples with the morality of having powers other mortals don't.

The tone of the production is decidedly pedestrian in a mid-90's TV manner, but the cast brightens things up with their energy and a decent script. (It was amusing to learn why Salem can talk and other cats can't). I've probably watched a dozen episodes of the subsequent series and the main draw was always Melissa's winsomeness. She was 19 years-old when this pilot was shot and just got more beautiful over the course of the series. For those interested, Ryan Reynolds has a significant role; he was 18-19 during filming.

The movie runs 1 hour, 31 minutes and was shot in British Columbia with some establishing shots done in Brookline, Massachusetts (or so IMDb says).

GRADE: B-


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