Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.
Out in California's San Fernando Valley, Isabel is trying to reinvent herself. A naïve, good-natured witch, she is determined to disavow her supernatural powers and lead a normal life. At the same time, across town, Jack Wyatt, a tall, charming actor is trying to get his career back on track. He sets his sights on an updated version of the beloved situation comedy Bewitched (1964), re-conceived as a starring vehicle for him in the role of the mere-mortal Darrin. Fate steps in when Jack accidentally runs into Isabel. He is immediately attracted to her and her nose, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the nose of Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha on Bewitched (1964). He becomes convinced she could play Samantha in his new series. Isabel is also taken with Jack, seeing him as the quintessential mortal man with whom she can settle down and lead the normal life she so desires. It turns out they're both right, but in ways neither of them ever imagined.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The house that Isabel rents was chosen by Writer and Director Nora Ephron, because it had belonged to friends of her parents, and she visited it many times as a child. By pure coincidence, those friends were Larry Berns and his wife, Sandra Gould, who played the second, better-known Gladys Kravitz. Alice Pearce, the first Gladys Kravitz, died after the second season, and was replaced with Gould. Ephron claims, in the DVD commentary, that she didn't realize this, until after the movie was made. See more »
(at around 1h 35 mins) When Jack and Isabel arrive at their new house, a tree appears in the front yard and their neighbor faints; right after she faints for a brief moment a crew member, the camera and boom mic are visible as a reflection on the glass window. See more »
[Outside a house at which Isabel has just landed and made available for rent, furnished, with an open house today]
I'll take it.
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Its no wonder that Elizabeth Montgomery is spinning in her grave after what Nicole Kidman to her beloved and respected sitcom of the 1960's
Like the previous comment stated,I don't walk out of theatres,but for me I walked out of "Bewitched" within the first ten minutes of the film. The reason? This in my opinion was not the updated version of the classic 1960's TV-Sitcom,in which Nicole Kidman plays Samantha Stephens,but here we get Nicole Kidman playing a different character that is far worse. Didn't she learned anything for her last film that the character she played was a witch(opposite another sorry actress who played her sister in the film,Sandra Bullock)in the 1998 movie titled "Practical Magic". I guess not. This was one of the trashiest version of a remake ever made,especially for someone that has been hoping for the long awaited theatrical version of a television classic,is not only adapted by instead ransacked from beginning to end. And this was not the movie version I thought it would be,but instead can we say sucked! Some parts were not even funny,nor I wasn't laughing. I thought it was pathetic from beginning to end. This is another movie that is on my list for the worst of 2005. This wasn't "Bewitched" the movie,this was utter garbage and it shows. Its no wonder that the producers,who waited three years to get this off the ground and has been in development that long and from the actresses who could take on the role played by Elizabeth Montgomery(from actresses like Bridget Fonda,Jennifer Aniston,Gwyneth Paltrow or to either Alicia Silverstone),and to pick an Aussie actress whose last film was a total failure could pull this off. But it didn't worked. Nicole Kidman joins Jennifer Lopez and Sandra Bullock as one of the worst actresses in Hollywood.
Its no wonder that Elizabeth Montgomery is spinning in her grave after what Nicole Kidman has done to her beloved show of the 1960's. And here's why. Its not like the TV show,but its the awful version of another summer comedy flick/TV remake gone bad to worst to pathetic. Blame that on the director,Nora Ephron,who has no business behind the camera in charge of destroying a vintage classic with is nothing but poor direction,poor writing,and bad effects. From that a mess on top of a mess. From,subplots that are established and discarded to underwritten characters that have no development is another way that this was not like the TV show. From there it is a savvy meta or megafest where characters run around like chickens. Also,to point out is the miscasting especially from Will Farrell who is funny at times,and funny here. Farrell is only funny in certain parts but the rest of it falls flat,and the only saving grace of the film. The only thing that saves this movie from drowning is the casting of Shirley MacLaine as Endora,and Micheal Caine as the father of Kidman's character. The only supporting player who left a mark,and here is also miscasted is the role of Uncle Arthur(played by Steve Carell of The Daily Show),and they should have been better with a grand casting of Sean Hayes(of Will and Grace fame)in the same role. Not funny,not lame,just repulsive. Come on? No Larry Tate? No Aunt Clara? No Doctor Bombay? Let's hope that is not a sequel to this,please!
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