I was watching ABC family the other day and stumbled across one of my most favorite movies. Call me crazy, call me enlightened, call me a woman with a young heart….but I have always loved Hocus Pocus! There is just something about the genius behind the witch characters…especially that of Bette Midler. Wow, I remember watching Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune and Big Business and absolutely falling in love with this woman. Her genius and ease in front of the camera captivated me. Here is this woman who is completely WOMAN! Then to find out that this woman had vocals….incredible. I never really considered myself to be completely addicted to her, until I watched Hocus Pocus for the umpteenth time. I couldn’t help but thinking about what was happening behind the scenes…you know, if she thought she was better than this…to make a movie that certainly wouldn’t win her any Golden Globes. But you know…if she thought that, she completely fooled me. To see her in such a role just built up my opinion of her. Down to earth, funny, successful and downright good person….just to hear her say: My ungodly book speaks to you. On All Hallow's Eve, when the moon is round, a virgin, will summon us from under the ground. Oh Oh! We shall be back, and the lives of all the children of Salem will be mine! I can’t escape her genius. Sure, not so much of a fan of the ‘crass Bette,’ but she still has my undivided attention. I would like to pay Tribute to Bette Midler for taking chances and not letting what anyone says stop her from even little roles like Hocus Pocus.
Barbara (Bette): So, when do I get out of here?
Sandy: As soon as Mr. Stone pays the ransom.
Barbara: What's the problem? What is the ransom?
Sandy: Well, we asked for $500,000.
Barbara: That should be no problem.
Sandy: He wouldn't pay.
Barbara: He wouldn't pay?
Sandy: Then we asked him for $50,000.
Sandy: He still wouldn't pay. So now we're lowering our price to $10,000.
Barbara: Do I understand this correctly? I'm being marked down?
Barbara: I've been kidnapped by K-Mart!
Lauren: Where are we? We've been going for miles and I haven't seen a single white person on the street.
Sandy (Bette): There's one.
[Lauren looks out of taxi cab window]
Sandy: Oops. They got 'em.
Lauren: That's not funny.
Thank you Bette for finding your wings....keep playing those roles sister...you've got what it takes!