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

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Release Date:
24 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
From the book that's an American tradition...from the smash-hit Broadway show...the entertainment of the year! See more »
Plot:
An adaption of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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I Love this Movie See more (141 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Diana Ross ... Dorothy

Michael Jackson ... Scarecrow

Nipsey Russell ... Tinman

Ted Ross ... Lion / Fleetwood Coupe de Ville

Mabel King ... Evillene

Theresa Merritt ... Aunt Em
Thelma Carpenter ... Miss One

Lena Horne ... Glinda the Good

Richard Pryor ... The Wiz (Herman Smith)
Stanley Greene ... Uncle Henry
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
Tony Brealord ... Gold Footman (as Tony Brealond)
Joe Lynn ... Gold Footman

Clinton Jackson ... Green Footman
Charles Rodriguez ... Green Footman
Carlton Johnson ... Head Winkie
Ted Williams ... Munchkin #1
Mabel Robinson ... Munchkin #2 / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir
Damon Pearce ... Munchkin #3
Donna Patrice Ingram ... Munchkin #4
Harry Madsen ... Cheetah, Head of the Flying Monkeys
Glory Van Scott ... Rolls Royce Lady
Vicki Baltimore ... Green Lady
Carlos Cleveland ... Aunt Em's Party

Mariann Aalda ... Aunt Em's Party
Aaron Boddie ... Aunt Em's Party
Gay Faulkner ... Guest at Aunt Emma's Party
Ted Butler ... Aunt Em's Party
T.B. Skinner ... Aunt Em's Party
Jamie Perry ... Aunt Em's Party

Daphne McWilliams ... Aunt Em's Party
H. Douglas Berring ... Aunt Em's Party (as Douglas Berring)
James Shaw ... Aunt Em's Party

Johnny Brown ... Aunt Em's Party
Gyle Waddy ... Aunt Em's Party
Dorothi Fox ... Aunt Em's Party (as Dorothy Fox)
Frances Salisbury ... Aunt Em's Party
Beatrice Dunmore ... Aunt Em's Party
Traci Core ... Aunt Em's Party
Donald King ... Aunt Em's Party
Claude Brooks ... Aunt Em's Party
Billie Allen ... Aunt Em's Party

Willie C. Carpenter ... Aunt Em's Party (as Willie Carpenter)
Denice Dejon ... Aunt Em's Party
Kevin Stockton ... Aunt Em's Party
Alvin Alexis ... Aunt Em's Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrienne Albert ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Alfa K. Anderson ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Joshie Armstead ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Patti Austin ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Clare Janice Bathe ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Claude Brooke ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Eric Butler ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Tom Bähler ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Vivian Cherry ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Kacey Cisyk ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Steve Clayton ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Kay Coleman ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Collins ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Jenny Cooke ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
T.J. Cooke ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Ron Dante ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Davis ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Darrell Davis ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Jules S. Davis ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Sharon Davis ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Christopher Dean ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
William Eaton ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Melvin W. Edmondson ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Camille Farrell ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Mike Farrell ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Steve Feldman ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Roberta Flack ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Bobby Floyd ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Floyd ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Antonia French ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur French ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Nancy Gilliam ... Vocalist (uncredited)

Robin Givens ... Guest at Aunt Emma's Party (uncredited)
Bryon Gray ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Diva Gray ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Mike Gray ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Milt Grayson ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Gordon Grody ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Lani Groves ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Gwen Guthrie ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Susan Hamilton ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Julio Herrara ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Jake Holmes ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Cissy Houston ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Rhetta Hughes ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Petra Johnson ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Martina Jones ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Quincy Jones ... Emerald City Gold Pianist (uncredited)
Kenny Karen ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Jerry Keller ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Christine Langner ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
David Lasley ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Yvonne Lewis ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Mary Lombardi ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Kim Magloire ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Tommy Malcolm ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Marine ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Barbara Massey ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Ullanda McCullough ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir / The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Debbie McDuffie ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Chuck McGruder ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
June McGruder ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Helen Miles ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Leslie Miller ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Melanie Moore ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Janice Papalos ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Janice Pendarvis ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Leon Pendarvis ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Dennis Perren ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Randy Peyton ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Curtis Price ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (uncredited)
Neil Raber ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Gerrard Randall ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
David Reed ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Claudia Ricks ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Ermundo Russell ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Annette Sanders ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Zachary Sanders ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Ray Simpson ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Raymond Simpson ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Tamy Smith ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Renel Stafford ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Fred Stark ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Susan Stephenson ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Maeretha Stewart ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Grady Tate ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Jean Thomas ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Mariama Thomas ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Mia Thomas ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Duke Thorbs ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Alfonzo Thornton ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Luther Vandross ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Dawn Walker ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Joey Ward ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Brenda White ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Beurice Whitehead ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Kenny Williams ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)

Mollena Williams ... The Wiz Singers Children's Choir (voice) (uncredited)
Janet Wright ... The Wiz Singers Adult Choir (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
L. Frank Baum (novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz")

William F. Brown (book of the musical "The Wiz")

Joel Schumacher (screenplay)

Produced by
Rob Cohen .... producer
Kenneth Harper .... executive producer (as Ken Harper)
Burtt Harris .... associate producer
Berry Gordy .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charlie Smalls 
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Rosenberg 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Edward Stewart 
Justin Scoppa Jr. (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Makeup Department
Scott Cunningham .... makeup artist
William A. Farley .... hair stylist (as William Farley)
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist
Robert Laden .... makeup supervisor
Ted Long .... hair stylist
Michael R. Thomas .... makeup artist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist
Stan Winston .... special makeup designer
 
Production Management
Kenneth Utt .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... first assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... second assistant director
Lewis Gould .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Connie Brink .... property master
Glen Engels .... construction grip
Edward Garzero .... chief scenic artist
John Jay Moore .... assistant art director
Eugene Powell .... chief scenic artist
Carlos Quiles .... carpenter
Robert Shepherd .... sets and props
Eoin Sprott .... fantasy props
Richard Tautkus .... fantasy props
Walter Way .... construction chief
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Jacques Godbout .... carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Hart .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
John Kasarda .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Lawrence Miller .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Dave Weinman .... lead man (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Guy Costa .... special sound consultant
Jack Fitzstephens .... supervising sound editor
Marc Laub .... sound editor (as Mark M. Laub)
Hal Levinsohn .... sound editor
Al Nahmias .... sound editor
Ronald Roose .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer (as James T. Sabat)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ollie Cotton .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Kevin Lee .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Skip Saylor .... recording engineer: horns on "Ease on Down the Road" #1 (uncredited)
William S. Scharf .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Al Griswold .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Dennis Glouner .... matte photographer
Bill Taylor .... matte photographer
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects
Syd Dutton .... assistant matte painter (uncredited)
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Mark Whitlock .... matte camera loader (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Steve James .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James A. Contner .... camera operator (as J.A. Contner)
Kenneth Goss .... key grip
Norman Leigh .... gaffer
Hank Muller .... first assistant camera
Jack Priestley .... photographer: second unit
Gary Muller .... co-first assistant camera (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dona Granata .... assistant costume designer
Gloria Gresham .... costume coordinator
Anna Hill Johnstone .... costume coordinator
Barbara Matera .... principal costume execution
George Newman .... wardrober
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Angelo Corrao .... assistant film editor
Marlayna Franklin .... assistant film editor
Hal Levinsohn .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mendel Balitz .... orchestrator
Chris Boardman .... orchestrator
Tom Bähler .... choir arranger (as Tom Bahler)
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Jack Fitzstephens .... supervising music editor
Bob Florence .... orchestrator
Bob Freedman .... orchestrator
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (as Dick Hazard)
Quincy Jones .... associate conductor
Quincy Jones .... music arranger
Quincy Jones .... music supervisor
Quincy Jones .... orchestrator
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Peter T. Myers .... orchestrator (as Pete Meyers)
Frank Owens .... associate conductor
Frank Owens .... music arranger: dance arrangements
Wayne Robinson .... orchestrator
Charlie Smalls .... music and lyrics by
Bruce Swedien .... music recording engineer
Robert N. Tucker Jr. .... conductor
Patti Austin .... choral coordinator (uncredited)
John Beal .... musician: bass (uncredited)
David Foster .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Steve Gadd .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Dave Grusin .... pre-record musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Jerry Hey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dick Hyman .... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Anthony Jackson .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Grady Tate .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Toots Thielemans .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Jeffrey Wolf .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Raymond Hartwick .... transportation chief (as Ray Hartwick)
 
Other crew
Grace Blake .... production office coordinator
Robert F. Colesberry .... assistant production coordinator (as Robert Colesberry)
Peter Foy .... flying rigs
Sam Goldrich .... auditor
Kenneth Harper .... stage producer: New York (as Ken Harper)
Carlton Johnson .... assistant choreographer
Louis Johnson .... choreographer
Mabel Robinson .... assistant choreographer
Lynne Twentyman .... script supervisor (as Lynn T. Ward)
Aaron J. Baron .... technical coordinator (uncredited)
Saul Cooper .... unit publicist (uncredited)
P. Larry Dahlstrom .... technical engineer (uncredited)
Bernie Grundman .... original mastering (uncredited)
Peter Maiorino .... technician (uncredited)
Mitchell Plotkin .... technician (uncredited)
Tom Razzano .... location manager (uncredited)
Lynda Van Damm .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
George Walker .... technician (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
134 min | Finland:136 min (uncut version) | Finland:118 min (cut version) | UK:128 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S (heavily cut) (1980) | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (1979) | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:6 (new rating) | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:G | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
The original New York production of "The Wiz" opened at the Majestic Theater on January 5, 1975, starring Stephanie Mills, ran for 1,672 performances and won the 1975 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Score and was nominated for Best Book.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: In the scene after Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, is killed, there is a wide shot of the dancers that starts to dolly. During the camera movement, the shot starts to shake.See more »
Quotes:
Scarecrow:Barnum said there's a sucker born every minute.
Tinman:I was there when he said it, but I never thought I'd be one of them.
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Soundtrack:
Slide Some Oil To MeSee more »

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54 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
I Love this Movie, 25 November 2005
Author: bibi-25 from United States

Okay...I never knew that other people did not love The Wiz until last year, 2004. I first saw this movie in the theater when it was released as a little girl. My mother, sister and I felt like we had been drawn into an urban fairy tale that we could relate to. As African-Americans, this was the first time we had witnessed a fantastical creation that had characters and images that we could relate too.

The singing, costumes, backdrop of New York city and choreography were magical. In fact, TV One just aired an all day marathon of The Wix on Thanksgiving and we watched the loop the entire day.

The Wiz provides the viewer with a sneak peek into the lives of Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and The Lion--all with some "SOUL." The cast of lesser characters are even more of a jewel...the crows--well, most of us can relate to the "crabs in a barrel" attitude that has plagues the inner city; Miss One--well she was a glitter bedecked "numbers runner"; the citizens of Emerald City remind me of the urban fashionista crowd...and the dance scene reflect the attitude of the bourgeoisie that you can find in any community of color in the United States; the Poppies--what a hilarious nod to the fact that often times, you don't even see women of color in movies unless they are playing the role of prostitute or drug addict; and the workers in Evilene's Sweat Shop...well, they are like so many of us who suddenly discover that there is someone beautiful waiting to come out of us...we just have to be free enough to be comfortable in our own skin.

OK. You get the picture...I love this movie. And so many others that I know do too. I am thankful that I can now share The Wiz with my own children.

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