[REL] The Witching of Ben Wagner (1990) TV

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[REL] The Witching of Ben Wagner (1990) TV

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George Wagner (Sam Bottoms) moves his wife and family, including son Ben (Justin Gocke), to a new town, where he begins a real estate job for Angelo Romano (Craig Clyde). Ben, a high school freshman, doesn't seem to get along with his busy, somewhat distant father. He finds consolation with a mysterious young girl, Regina (Bettina Rae), and her Grammy (Sylvia Sidney), who are both thought by the townspeople to be witches. Ben soon believes himself bewitched by Regina, a secret he shares with his sister, Liz (Jamie Ballard), and he becomes more confident, making the school's basketball team and earning better grades, while still searching for his father's approval. Ben's snitty teenage sister, Susan (Elizabeth Shumway), who's trying to stay friends with the stuck-up rich girl Ashley Addison (Amy Allred), blackmails Liz into learning about Regina, causing a near-fatal accident when Liz follows Ben to the lake and tumbles into a stream. She is saved by Ben, and as the family unites at the hospital, Susan confesses tearfully her abysmal behavior.

Meanwhile, Romano's efforts to develop high-rise condos on the land near the lake are spearheaded by George. Grammy puts a curse on him, causing him bad luck. Finally learning from his son, who is upset at his father's plans for the lake, George scares the potential investors away from the deal with a false geology report. Romano fires George, who is promptly offered a job by Ashley's father (Scott McMillan). Grammy and the Wagners celebrate the good news, while Regina tells Ben that neither she nor Grammy are witches. They're just "different," and Ben's improved behavior has come from within himself.

The well-plotted screenplay by Michael Marmorstein (PETE'S DRAGON, RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN) hits all the coming-of-age family-film bases, knocking out its life lessons in predictable, if mostly painless, fashion, even if the impossibly happy ending seems somewhat absurd. Paul Annett (THE BEAST MUST DIE) has directed in workmanlike fashion, making believable not only the adolescent uncertainties and familial confusions but also the "witchcraft" subplot. Performances are adequate (if not much more) for the story's needs, although veteran Sylvia Sidney, spry, flashing-eyed, and wearing jeans yet, provides the film's most genuinely entertaining sparks. Not surprisingly, given the content, the movie is technically a bit drab and was produced in part by the Disney Channel, where it was shown in 1990, and Brigham Young University, in which studios it was shot, along with some gorgeous locations at Utah's Mirror Lake.
There are some appearances from younger children & of course Justin Gocke who plays Ben is around 12 years old but the main FLM interest is Bettina Rae who plays Regina. She was born on the 12th October 1973 meaning she could potentially have been 17 when this movie was released although she was very likely only 16 when it was shot. Let's hope this clears up any concerns over suitability as a release here.

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Complete name : Ben Wagner 1990 isoRip loverboy.mp4
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Once again, I'm afraid there were no subs with the DVDR. Enjoy!

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Re: [REL] The Witching of Ben Wagner (1990) TV

Post by emuler »   0 likes

Thanks, LB. This looks very watchable. The girl is certainly bewitching. :D

At least this is in English. I don't even know the name of the language sometimes. :blush:
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