MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 503 this week

The Wiz (1978)

G  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  24 October 1978 (USA)
5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 9,787 users  
Reviews: 144 user | 28 critic

An adaption of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (book), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 08 Jun 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 30 Oct 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 11 Mar 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 03 Apr 2014
 
a list of 39 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Wiz" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Wiz (1978)

The Wiz (1978) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Wiz.

User Polls

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Lion / Fleetwood Coupe de Ville
...
...
Thelma Carpenter ...
...
...
Stanley Greene ...
Clyde J. Barrett ...
Subway Peddler
Derrick Bell ...
The Four Crows
Roderick-Spencer Sibert ...
The Four Crows
Kashka Banjoko ...
The Four Crows
Ronald 'Smokey' Stevens ...
The Four Crows
Edit

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 the Emerald City. As she goes searching for him, she befriends some creatures who are facing problems in life just like her. 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Wiz! The Stars! The Music! Wow! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mago  »

Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Comedian Doug Benson cites The Wiz as his movie debut, claiming to have been an extra. See more »

Goofs

When the Tin Man is finishing his dance to "Slide Some Oil to Me," he is near mirrors, alone, with his hat off. When the Tin Man starts to sing "Ease On Down the Road," he is away from the mirrors, with the Scarecrow and Dorothy with hat on in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy: He must really be in shock!
Tinman: Oh, what I wouldn't give to be in shock! Just Once!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Fitzstephens, Jack ... Music Editor & Guru See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Ease On Down The Road #2
Written by Charlie Smalls
Performed by Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
This movie is great!
14 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent adaptation of the Wizard of Oz. It displays a cultural twist from the original that is colorful and fun. The characters are well cast; Each bringing a bit of their real personality to the characters portrayed. The sets are huge. They are decorated with the essence of NY only with a dramatic twist of unusual characters like the numbers running "munchkins," "Ms. One," "Evilene" and the colorful, magical and musical "City of Oz," where "The Wiz" lives atop of the by-gone Twin Towers. Quincy Jones arranged the music for this film and it is outstanding. He actually has a cameo in the film. Can you find Quincy Jones? I strongly recommend this film for anyone who enjoys films that afforded Black actors, performers, musical directors and the like with a platform of creativity and artistic interpretation.


28 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Don't nobody bring me no bad news=best villain song ever! EmilyTheDramaQueen
Why aren't the Silver Slippers in The Smithsonian? florlite
Who would you cast in a remake? teenymaureeny
Disturbing IrockGswift
DO NOT DO A REMAKE! penny-119
Should have used some white actors/actresses! sealug
Discuss The Wiz (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?