Bewitched (2005 film)

Bewitched is an American feature film from the year 2005. Was director Nora Ephron, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine. The film is based on the television series Bewitched the transmitter American Broadcasting Company from 1964 to 1972.


Jack Wyatt is a struggling actor. He sees his chance in a role in a remake of the TV show Bewitched. For this, he must find a woman who could play in this show the witch. He finds Isabel, one living in the San Fernando Valley real witch what she hides Jack over. She wants to renounce the magic and lead a normal life, but succumbs always the temptation to use their magic arts.

In the course of filming, Jack falls in love with Isabel. But when they find out that they should be used only as " decoration " for Jack, they sabotaged the show with various spells. After an argument with Jack she leaves the show, but shortly afterwards persuaded him to come back. Isabel's father, Nigel falls in love with her ​​acting colleague Iris Smythson, which later turns out to be also a witch.

At a party, Isabel Jack finally opened, that she is a witch. Jack makes fun. When he later discovered, however, that she is actually a witch, he is frightened, whereupon Isabel leaves him angry. After a long search, Jack finds her alone on the set. He declares his love for her and together they leave the show to be a great success. In the last scene, Isabel and Jack move into a common home; a perplexed neighbor watched as Isabel an additional tree creates by magic in the garden.


The film was shot at various locations in California, including in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Culver City, Torrance. Filming began on September 7, 2004. The budget of the film is estimated at 85 million U.S. dollars. The world premiere of the film on June 24, 2005 in the USA. In Germany and Switzerland, he was seen for the first time on 1 September 2005, a day later in Austria. On the opening weekend of 20.1 million U.S. dollars were taken in the U.S., total were in the U.S. revenues of 62.2 million U.S. dollars on the bill. Worldwide revenues of about $ 131.4 million dollars were obtained. At the box office in Germany over 1 million visitors were counted in Switzerland there were almost 70,000 spectators.

For the lead role of Jack Wyatt Jim Carrey was originally intended, which had to turn down the role because he had to comply with other obligations. Before the main role of Isabel Bigelow was awarded to Nicole Kidman, were for this role Jennifer Aniston, Christina Applegate, Patricia Arquette, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Connelly, Kristin Davis, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham, Melanie Griffith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Teri Hatcher, Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Lisa Kudrow, Alyssa Milano, Julianne Moore, Brittany Murphy, Tatum O'Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Alicia Silverstone, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon and Renée Zellweger in conversation. The role of Aunt Clara was originally to be played by Joan Plowright, but had to decline the offer. Instead, the role on the recommendation of Kristin Chenoweth at Carole Shelley was awarded, for the rotation of her scenes for a week of their performances in the play Wicked - The Witches of Oz was released on Broadway.


James Berardinelli called the film to movie- as " the worst kind of entertainment " and said we would have "stolen" 100 minutes of his life. He called the presentation of Michael Caine as possibly the only positive exception of the film. Nicole Kidman in the role of Isabel he thought was miscast, the appearance of Will Ferrell he described as " unkomisch ".

Nominations and awards

Bewitched was nominated in 2006 for the Razzie in five categories, including for the worst remake, for Worst Actor ( Will Ferrell ) for the worst director and the worst scenario. He finally got the negative award in the category Worst Screen Couple for Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman.

In addition, the film was nominated for the 2006 Young Artist Award for Best Comedy. The following year he received a nomination for the Young Artist Award in the Best Family Feature Film category - Comedy or Musical.