An adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz' that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Subway Peddler
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Kashka Banjoko ...
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Ronald 'Smokey' Stevens ...
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Dorothy, a twenty-four-year-old kindergarten teacher, born; raised; and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn't seem to be thankful for much in life. She lives a self-imposed sheltered life; she is shy and unfulfilled. Things change for her when she is caught in a snowstorm while chasing after her dog, Toto. They are transported to the mysterious Land of Oz, where she is informed that the only possible way to find her way back home is through the assistance of the powerful wizard in Emerald City. As she goes searching for him, she befriends some creatures who are facing problems in life just as she is. In their quest to find and get help from the wizard, they also face Evillene, the equally evil sister of Evermean, the wicked witch, whom Dorothy inadvertently killed when she arrived in Oz, and who may be their biggest obstacle in achieving their goals. Written by Huggo

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The Motown remake of "The Wizard of Oz"! See more »


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24 October 1978 (USA)  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In the Emerald City sequence, Quincy Jones is shown as the pianist, but the actual piano player on the soundtrack is Richard Tee. See more »

Goofs

During "No Bad News", Evilene starts to turn about halfway between her throne and the entryway door. In the next shot, however, she is right in front of the door. See more »

Quotes

Tinman: Hurry hurry hurry, step on up and save a life!
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Fitzstephens, Jack ... Music Editor & Guru See more »

Connections

Version of Journey Back to Oz (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

The Feeling That We Have
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Theresa Merritt and Aunt Em's Party
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Awful
17 February 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Reading inane "review" after review here, with only a handful of people actually knowing that this was an adaptation of a hit B'way musical and acting as if it was just a remake of the 1939 film, well, never mind - it's the IMDb, where anyone can spout off without knowing anything.

The film is terrible. Lumet can be a great director, and a terrible director and here he is firmly planted in the latter category. The casting, for the most part, is hideous. Everything that was simple and fun on stage has been changed for the film, from its NY setting (a terrible idea, despite Tony Walton's occasionally amusing sets), and it's all too damn big with no charm. Changing the play's Dorothy to Diana Ross as an ADULT schoolteacher is the worst transgression - are we supposed to give a hoot about her? Please.

It really is one of the worst adaptations of a Broadway musical ever. As to the people who "love" it I say only that there is no movie ever made, no matter how bad, that isn't thought a masterpiece here at the IMDb.


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