Spellbinder (film)

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Spellbinder is a 1988 American witchcraft-themed thriller film directed by Janet Greek, starring Timothy Daly and Kelly Preston. The screenplay was written by Tracy Tormé. The original music score was written by Basil Poledouris. The film was marketed with the tagline "A nightmare of illusion and betrayal".

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Directed byJanet Greek
Produced byBrian Russell
Joe Wizan
Written byTracy Tormé
Music byBasil Poledouris
CinematographyAdam Greenberg
Edited bySteve Mirkovich
Indian Neck Entertainment
Wizan Film Properties
Distributed byMGM/UA Communications Co.
Release date
  • September 23, 1988 (1988-09-23)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$657,446 (US)[1]


Los Angeles attorney Jeff Mills and his friend Derek Clayton rescue a young beautiful woman, Miranda Reed, from an apparently abusive boyfriend. As Miranda has no home, Jeff offers to let her stay at his. Jeff becomes more and more involved with Miranda and the web of intrigue that follows her. As the two became lovers, Jeff learns that Miranda has been eluding a witches' coven (to which she belongs).

The coven seeks Miranda as a sacrifice at the winter solstice. She must come to them of her own free will, however, so the coven uses sorcery to taunt and terrify the Miranda and Jeff. Miranda tells Jeff of her situation, but not the entire truth, and Jeff willingly helps Miranda out of her troubles as he creates his own.



The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in September 1988. It grossed $657,446 domestically at the box office.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Spellbinder". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2011-04-10.

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