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The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Mike Jittlov ...
Richard Kaye ...
Paige Moore ...
Deven Chierighino ...
Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
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Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)
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Frank LaLoggia ...
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Lynda Aldon ...
Baron ...
Arnetia Walker ...
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All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)
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A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends. Written by Magnus Y Alvestad <magnus@johanna2.hsr.no>

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This is the kind of movie you would make, if you had nothing better to do! See more »


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Also Known As:

Czarnoksieznik predkosci i czasu  »

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$1,535,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Mike Jittlov did his own stunt work in the pool of diving in, laying on the bottom, and holding his breath for two straight minutes. See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1977, a character uses a 1983 Pac-Man novelty phone. See more »

Quotes

[Mike tries to join the Camera Union:]
Camera Union Clerk: No sir, the studio hires the next man on the roster.
Mike: Well, how do I get on the roster?
Camera Union Clerk: You have to be in the union.
Mike: Well, how do I get *in* the union?
Camera Union Clerk: When you're on the roster.
Mike: You mean I can't join unless I'm already a member?
Camera Union Clerk: That's correct. Then you need thirty consecutive days camera operation, a complete physical exam, the producer sends a letter, and *you* pay your fees.
Mike: Well, fine, I've done ten years of camera work!
Camera Union Clerk: Then you've worked in violation ...
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Crazy Credits

In the cast credits the actor who played Ms. Belair's Playmate is listed as The Unknown Producer. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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It Ain't Necessarily So
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Composed by George Gershwin
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the ultimate trip
26 September 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I finally managed to track this down at a cult-film video store, and it was worth all the effort. Do whatever you have to do to see this one! It vaguely reminded me of the low-budget inventiveness of Weird Al's "UHF," only multiplied 1000 times, and the "let's make a movie while the executives are out to lunch" zaniness of "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."

There's a lot more to this movie (or movie-within-a-movie, or is it a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-movie?) than might appear. Subliminal messages, Hollywood major-studio politics, art vs. commerce, a startling new use for a chrome bust of Mickey Mouse, fantasy vs. reality, the horrors of dealing with unionized labor, some plugs for the Church of the Sub-genius, lots of deftly-employed stock footage, and the most terrifying "pizza with everything" you'll ever see. And there's even an intentionally-horrible musical number about the creation of the universe, which is thankfully interrupted by a ridiculous Presidential announcement.

You'll also get a fascinating look at the art of low-budget special effects production. Some of the visual treats Jittlov comes up with are astonishing, even in the post-CGI era, and particularly since he shows you how a lot of it is done.

There are some profound insights and a lot of laughs. I nearly fell on the floor laughing during the scene with the police helicopters, and why is one of the thugs Canadian? (why not?) How in the world did Jittlov film the suitcase/car chase at the end? Look for Philip Michael Thomas in a rare post-Miami Vice role. And make sure you stick around for all of the credits!

Mike Jittlov may not think of himself as a "real" actor, but he's got a lot of charm and he comes off as a genuinely likeable guy. And it was nice of him to cast his friends and family as themselves.

It might be too weird for some viewers, but if you're game, "The Wizard of Speed and Time" will put a smile on your face like few other films.


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