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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 overview, first billed only:
Mike Jittlov ...
Richard Kaye ...
Paige Moore ...
Deven Chierighino ...
Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)
Frank LaLoggia ...
Lynda Aldon ...
Baron ...
Arnetia Walker ...
Ben Kronen ...
All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)


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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Release Date:

September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czarnoksieznik predkosci i czasu  »

Box Office


$1,535,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Steve: Lights, camera, and anguish.
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Crazy Credits

Mike Jittlov's credit for himself in the opening credits (written on an 8mm reel box) is "Directed by the man in the green jacket" (He wears a green jacket throughout the entire film). See more »


References Cosmos (1980) See more »


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High enjoyment, Low-Tech
3 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

What began as a three minute student film has become a cult classic that seems to snowball with the years. Mike Jittlov, film-maker/animator/writer/director/editor/co-producer/calligrapher/cult figure and iconoclast, created this cultural cul-de-sac as almost a love story to film-making. The sequence where he applies for various Union memberships to complete his film is probably too close to the truth, and the hyper-kinetically edited sequence near the end of the film is a wonder to behold.

Bootleg copies of the (now long out-of-print) SGE release have been passed around fandom like pieces of the true cross, and the popularity of the film, as well as it's creator, only grows stronger.

This film should be required viewing for all film students, as well as those who want to know how to make a film on a low budget (and how there are many sharks in the waters of Hollywood, which this film so clearly points out).

Hunt down this film (copies can be had in one form or another, check the related websites), watch it, and cherish it. You may end up wearing out the pause and slow-scan buttons on your VCR trying to figure out how he did these special effects without a computer!

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