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The Wiz (1978)

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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Thelma Carpenter ...
Miss One
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Stanley Greene ...
Uncle Henry
Clyde J. Barrett ...
Subway Peddler
Derrick Bell ...
Roderick-Spencer Sibert ...
The Four Crows
Kashka Banjoko ...
The Four Crows
Ronald 'Smokey' Stevens ...
The Four Crows
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Storyline

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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G | See all certifications »

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24 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mago  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,049,053
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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joel Schumacher used his connections in the fashion industry to procure the hundreds of costumes used in the Emerald City sequence. See more »

Goofs

When the Red people are dancing in front of a camera at the Emerald City, there is a giant screen that shows the people dancing. A red woman goes in front of the people and does a dance, but her movement on the screen does not match the moves that she makes in front of the camera. See more »

Quotes

Scarecrow: [after finding out the Wiz is actually is politian from New Jersey, quotes] 'Public office is the last refuge of the incompetent' - Penrose!
The Wiz: [laughs hysterically] Incompetent! That's me!
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Fitzstephens, Jack ... Music Editor & Guru See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Black Dynamite: The Wizard of Watts (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

So You Wanted To See The Wizard
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Richard Pryor
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a favorite childhood movie of mine
26 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

...And favorites don't always have rhyme or reason. I can just say that this movie always struck a chord with me. I know that it is dark. I agree that Diana Ross's acting is overwrought with some unknown neurosis. But the music is soulful and the vocal performances make me cry every time. The urban setting (in contrast to the farm that never "clicked" with me) is almost comforting, though not in the parking garage. I agree with the more intellectual reviewers that Lumet's direction could have been better. I'm just a sucker for the gospel-style singing in "the feeling that we have", "believe", and "brand new day". I find this movie much more of an emotional release than the Wizard of Oz.


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