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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.


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Toto (as Toto)
The Singer Midgets ...
The Munchkins (as The Munchkins)


In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. Written by Dale Roloff

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Release Date:

25 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mago de Oz  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$2,777,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,354,311 (USA) (6 November 1998)


$22,202,612 (USA) (11 October 2013)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System: The Voice of Action)| (2005 re-issue)


(Kansas sequences) (1949 re-release)| (Kansas sequences) (1955 re-release)| (Sepiatone)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Writer Salman Rushdie acknowledged "The Wizard of Oz (1939) was my very first literary influence" in his 2002 musings about the film. He has written: "When I first saw The Wizard of Oz (1939) it made a writer of me." His first short story, written at the age of ten, was titled "Over the Rainbow". See more »


The Technicolor bouquet given to Dorothy by the Munchkins disappears the moment she leaves Munchkinland. See more »


[first lines]
Dorothy: She isn't coming yet, Toto. Did she hurt you? She tried to, didn't she? Come on. We'll go tell Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.
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Crazy Credits

Dedication right after opening credits - "For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to it in return ...and to the Young in Heart ...we dedicate this picture." See more »


Night on Bald Mountain
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Modest Mussorgsky
Heard as background music while the group tries to flee the Witch's castle
Played by The MGM Symphony Orchestra
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Even A Misanthropist Loves It: It's Unanimous
28 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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The real best picture of 1939 not that overrated, boring piece of crap: Gone With The Wind. Please, this is one of the most beautifully crafted little treasures with great moral depth and above all a great heart. The song of youth, the longing for Transcendence: Somewhere Over The Rainbow. It captures what it is to be young. Yet, its power carries forward into adulthood. The feeling that happiness is just further along waiting to be attained. The acting and characterizations are the star of the movie. Who else but Margaret Hamilton could be the Wicked Witch Of The West? When Dorothy sees Auntie Em in pain looking for her, how quickly she runs back home, just as the kind huckster intended. That is the treat of this little treasure, the good hearts of the people within it. Having watched this movie since I was a child, on broadcast television, every November, I still love it as much as I did then. The movie is filled with wonder and humor for all ages. It models loyalty, love and courage in the face of great fear. There is not a better film to show to your children. Its teachings are always hidden deep within its allegorical script so that is is never pedantic or professorial. Just a sweet, timeless classic of a band of seekers joining together in friendship.

When you watch it, over and over, you can but wonder what on earth the Academy was thinking when they snubbed this eternal treasure for the young and the young at heart. Who would not want to live within a world with this kind of warmth. Take it from a cranky, misanthropic, old philosopher; the movie is as powerful and moving today as it was seventy years ago. Dorothy lost and alone but for Toto is aided in seeking out the Wizard so she can return to Kansas. She meets others who work together; they fight the evil Witch; indeed, later sneaking into her castle to rescue Dorothy. This is the film's genius, it does not lecture or say goodness, it shows goodness. In its little way, risking your life to help your friends is modeled and shown for the good that it is. A musical with not only a brain, which is rare for a musical, but a great heart. A Movie That Will Outlive All Of Us.

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