Hansel and Gretel (1987) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.6/ 10 (436 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Golan-Globus Productions [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

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Release Date
(France) - May 1987
(USA) - 10 December 1988
(West Germany) - 24 December 1989

Running Time

They lost their way... but found a magical adventure! Sugar and spice... and a witch who's not so nice!

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Technical Support
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm

Related Pictures

Pictures of Hansel and Gretel (1987) Movie not found

Full Cast

  1. Buland, Josh as [Baker's Boy] <9>
  2. Dickman, Daniel as (uncredited) [Gingerbread Boy]
  3. Feigin, Warren as [Baker] <8>
  4. Kline, Eugene as [Farmer] <7>
  5. Nouasser, Lutuf as [Blacksmith] <10>
  6. Pollard, Hugh (I) as [Hansel] <2>
  7. Warner, David (I) as [Father] <1>
  8. Leachman, Cloris as [The Witch] <5>
  9. Miller, Susie as [Marta] <6>
  10. Richard, Emily as [Mother] <4>
  11. Shimshoni, Beatrice as [Ribbon Lady] <11>
  12. Stapleton, Nicola as [Gretel] <3>


  1. Family
  2. Fantasy
  3. Musical

Full Plot

Based on the fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm. Hansel and Gretel are trapped in the deceptively decorated house of the witch Griselda who wishes to fatten Hansel so that he may be baked into a delicious gingerbread treat. Jeff Hole In this live-action version of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel are the offspring of an impoverished woodcutter and his wife who wander into the woods in this Grimm Brother's fairy tale. The trail of bread crumbs they leave to find their way back is eaten by birds, and the children are lured into the gingerbread house of the wicked witch. Anonymous Plot not found

Total Business

CP: © 1986 Cannon Films, Inc. and Cannon International CP: © 1987 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Movie Certificate

Not Rated (USA)
G (Australia)
T (Italy)

Music Composers

  1. Humperdinck, Engelbert (I) (from opera "Hänsel und Gretel")


  1. Rosenberg, Ilan (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Steinmatz, Meira


América Vídeo [br] - (19??) (Brazil) (VHS)
Cannon Video [us] - (1988) (USA) (VHS)
MGM/UA Home Entertainment [us] - (2005) (USA) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [gb] - (1988) (UK) (VHS)
Warner Home Video [us] - (19??) (USA) (VHS)

Film Editors

  1. Raz, Irit


  1. Hume, Pauline (title designer) (uncredited)
  2. Levy, Orly (I) (dialogue coach)
  3. Oren, Christine (choreographer)
  4. Straw, Joe (production accountant)
  5. Vogelman, Rozelle (script supervisor)

Other Titles

  1. Cannon Movie Tales: Hansel and Gretel (1988) (ENG)
    (USA) (series title)

  2. Hansel e Gretel (1987) (ENG)

  3. Hänsel und Gretel (1989) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  4. The Adventures of Hansel and Gretel (1987) (ENG)
    (USA) (working title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. GG Israel Studios, Jerusalem, Israel


- Was originally to be filmed in Budapest, Hungary.

- There was a lot of debate as to how to destroy the witch's house at the end of the movie. Some wanted to blow it up, and director 'Len Talan' (qv) wanted to take it apart in stop-action, to have it turn to ruins, which was too time-consuming. Finally the construction supervisor, Aria Benishay, came up with an idea. He contacted the local fire department near the woods where the witch's house had been built and got them to assist the crew by pumping fire-fighting foam through the back of the set and out the windows and roof. Large quantities of food coloring were added, and with a couple of fireballs and colored smoke bombs, they had their scene.

- To save money, the Cannon Movie Tales films were shot two-at-a-time. Hansel and Gretel was shot simultaneously with _Sleeping Beauty (1987)_ (qv). This wasn't the best of situations in that often the two crews would be competing for the limited equipment, costumes, and sets.

- The US. theatrical release was cancelled when _Rumpelstiltskin (1987)_ (qv) flopped at the box-office.