The Witches is a 1990 comedy – fantasy film directed by Nicolas Roeg based on the book of the same name by Norwegian-British author Roald Dahl (1916 – 1990). Actors: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Rowan Atkinson. While on holiday at his grandmother Helga, Luke ‘s parents die in a car crash (incidente stradale). Helga decides to take the boy under her wings (proteggere il ragazzo) and tells him about strange creatures enemies of children, the witches (streghe). She also explains Luke how to recognize them. They spend a period in England, on the coast. In the hotel, Luke befriends (fa amicizia) with a fat – always hungry – boy, Bruno, and together they learn that in the hotel there is a witches’ convention. They are preparing a plot (complotto) to turn (per trasformare) the children into mice (topi; mouse = topo) and then kill them all. The High Witch (la strega capo) discovers the boys and transforms them into rodents (roditori). But Luke and Bruno manage to escape (riescono a scappare) and, with Helga’s help, they stop the evil plan (il piano malefico).