Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus

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Watching "Hocus Pocus" is a Halloween tradition for many, but not for Bette Midler. Until recently, she hadn't watched the movie in more than two decades.

The acclaimed actress opened up to People magazine about finally rewatching "Hocus Pocus" after 20-odd years, and it turns out time gave her new perspective. She admitted something hilarious: She'd never realized how good her co-stars were in the movie before because she'd been so focused on her own performance.

"The first time I watched it I was only watching myself," Midler said. "But this time I saw everybody. And I tell ya, those girls in the back -- they were going full blast! They were giving me a run for my money. The kids were great, everybody was great!"

Yep, she'd managed to overlook the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Thora Birch. Still, we can't totally fault her. It's got to be a different experience watching a movie in which you star.

Luckily, Midler finally can appreciate what a good job they all did. She now seems to understand exactly why their film has become a classic.

"I loved it!" Midler told People. "I loved it!"

[via: People]