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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Mike Jittlov ... Mike Jittlov / The Wizard / Torch Carrier (Wizard Film)
Richard Kaye ... Harvey Bookman
Paige Moore ... Cindy Lite / Dancer / Pretty Hitchhiker (Wizard Film)
Deven Chierighino ... Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
Steve Brodie ... Lucky Straeker

John Massari ... Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)

Gary Schwartz ... Canadian Thug
Frank LaLoggia ... American Thug

Philip Michael Thomas ... Policeman Mickey Polanko
Lynda Aldon ... Policewoman Minnie Smith
Baron ... Policedog Pluto
Arnetia Walker ... Tina Dreem / Running Girl
Ben Kronen ... C.C. de Schwartz

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Dora Belair

Will Ryan ... All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)
Michele Roth ... Mary Lou, Secretary
Greg Jittlov ... Brother Greg
Marie Jittlov ... Mom Jittlov
Harvey J. Alperin ... Harold de Schwartz
Missy Sauppe ... Harold's Groupie
Paulette Breen ... Studio Receptionist
Stephen Stucker ... Piano Choreographer
Lauri Riley ... Girl Choreographer
Amy Rose ... Sun Woman
Mark Conlon ... Moon Man

Chuck McCollum ... Meteor Man
Robert Stuart Reed ... Saturn Man (as Rob Reed)
Patrick McGreal ... Jupiter Man

Donovan Scott ... The Prisoner
Paul Barselou ... Angus McTavish, CPA
David McCharen ... Video Technician, LSD
Joan Leizman ... Muriel Bookman
Cynthia Frost ... Soundstage Saleslady
Ward Kimball ... The IRS Chief
Christopher Barczak ... Hollywood Tourist
Tim Frisbie ... Studio Projectionist (as Tim Frisbee)

Allan Graf ... Bookman's Guard (as Allan Lee Graf)
Frank Davis Jr. ... Bookman's Guard
Rick Heebner ... The Bicycle Thief
Benjamin Lum ... The Studio Guard (as Ben Lum)
Harold M. Etherington ... The Studio Director (as Hal Etherington)
Phil Boroff ... The Studio Writer
Steve Ecclesine ... The Video Editor
Doug Crepeau ... Satellite Buyer

Patricia Ayame Thomson ... Girl on Suitcase / Dancer / Running Girl (as Patricia Thomson)
Bob Basso ... Rollie
Annie Livingstone ... Skatelady (as Annie Livingston)
Pete Sorensen ... Dancing Film Man
Patty Ryan ... Bouncy Artiste
Evelyn Carpenter ... Old Woman
Eddie Paul ... Cycle Gang Leader
Slim E. Leatche ... IRS Agent
Smokey Ochoa ... Ying
Jeff Knoerle ... Yand
Wilimeda BeHanna ... Prison Guard
Anyavel Glynn ... Prison Guard
Jan Sayre ... Prison Guard
The Unknown Producer ... Ms. Belair's Playmate
Randi D. Cogert ... Girl in Avanti
Tery McPhie ... Girl in Avanti
Gwen Perlman ... Girl in Avanti
Monica B. Herzer ... Girl in Avanti
Beth Sjogren ... C.C.'s Groupie
Galyn Görg ... C.C.'s Groupie (as Galen Gorg)
Steve Mann ... Boom Man, Capt. Kung Fu
Laurie Rose ... Bellydancer / Running Girl
Chris Coart ... Blue Wizard
Christine Green ... White Wizardess
William Hart ... Bearded Swordsman
Jean Hart ... Swordslady
Avis Minger ... Dancer
Lee Forbes ... Dancer
Linda Talcott ... Dancer
Kelly Balfour ... Dancer

Robin Antin ... Dancer
Laura Miyabe ... Dancer
Jody Baurac ... Dancer
Jeannie Abolt ... Dancer
Rachelle Ottley ... Dancer
Ann Elliot ... Dancer
Dawn Decker ... Dancer
Judy Schwartz ... Dancer
Steven Espinosa ... Dancer
Kirk Hansen ... Dancer
Joseph Taylor ... Dancer
Kristina Adolphson ... Dancer (as Kristina)
Lisa Durazo ... Dancer
Laurie Schultz ... Dancer
Tammy Manville ... Dancer
Mona Devin ... Dancer
Wanda Soileau ... Dancer
Gwendolyn Wafer ... Dancer
Nancye Ferguson ... Dancer
Cheryl Song ... Dancer

Kari French ... Dancer
Page Leong ... Dancer (as Paige Leongng)
Genie Valen ... Dancer

Brianne Brozey ... Supporting Cast
Brian Thomas ... Supporting Cast

Michael Gough ... Supporting Cast
Bill Frankel ... Supporting Cast
Dan Fiebiger ... Supporting Cast
Harvey Wolfe ... Supporting Cast (as Col. Harvey Wolfe)
Betty B. Bandy ... Supporting Cast
Craig Mathieson ... Supporting Cast
Sandra Deakins ... Supporting Cast
Vern Dietsche ... Supporting Cast
Michael Hyatt ... Supporting Cast (as Mike Hyatt)
Alan White ... The Horned One
Gary Lowenthal ... Supporting Cast
Mike Bloom ... Supporting Cast
Marjii Ellers ... Supporting Cast
Bongo Wolf ... Supporting Cast
Mike Twitty ... Supporting Cast
Ed 'Eon' Kline ... Supporting Cast
Kevin Flannagan ... Supporting Cast
Dave Teubner ... Supporting Cast
Jeff Szalay ... Supporting Cast
Bill Morrison ... Supporting Cast
Louis Mitchell ... Supporting Cast
Gail Sugimoto ... Supporting Cast
Joseph A. Kerezman ... Supporting Cast (as Joe Kerezman)

Buddy Friedman ... Supporting Cast
Jennine Siefker ... Supporting Cast

Jill K. Allen ... Running Girl

Russell Carpenter ... Officer Friendly (Wizard Film) (as Russ Carpenter)
Dean Barnes ... Old Timer - Wizard Film
Jim Danforth ... Astronaut (Wizard Film) / Union Official
Karen Danforth ... Astronaut (Wizard Film)
Joyce Siefker ... Dutch Girl (Wizard Film)
Margie Jesswein ... Dutch Girl (Wizard Film)
Beth Holland ... Running Girl
Jade Barrett ... Running Girl
Laura Morse ... Running Girl
Jean Graham ... Running Girl
Lori Zogaib ... Running Girl
Anne L. Kunkin ... Running Girl
Micky Rossillon ... Running Girl
Marcela Zapf ... Running Girl
Barbara Patrick ... Running Girl (as Barbara Hooper)
Valerie Maddox ... Running Girl
Kathleen Moore ... Running Girl
Theresa Battle ... Running Girl
Elizabeth Oakes ... Running Girl
Ramona Andrada ... Running Girl
Renna Ostoposides ... Running Girl
Jennifer Ball ... Running Girl
Karen Reed ... Running Girl
Kim Fitzgerald ... Running Girl
Forrest J Ackerman ... Mustached Man at Garage Sale (as Forrest Ackerman)
Munyin Choy ... Extra
Gerald Choy ... Extra
Colleen Choy ... Extra
Dan McLaughlin ... Extra
Tina Dilley ... Extra
Gerry Furth ... Extra
Luba Korinec ... Extra
Phil May ... Extra
Bill Chierighino ... Extra
Ella Nachtigal ... Extra
Mollie Frankel ... Extra
Martha Williams ... Extra
Stan Pacolt ... Extra
Lorna Pacolt ... Extra
Zoe Hale ... Singer (voice) (as Zoe C. Hale)
Chris Tidyman ... Singer (voice)
Cliff Diamond ... Singer (voice)
Lauri Kaye ... Voice Over Artist (voice)
Christine Gacha ... Voice Over Artist (voice)
M. Stevens ... Voice Over Artist (voice)
Melanie Southwick ... Voice Over Artist (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenneth Luebbert ... Film Editor (uncredited)
Jack Reifert ... Film Editor (uncredited)
Sebastián Roque ... Dark Nerved Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Jittlov 
Writing credits
Mike Jittlov (written by)

Richard Kaye (additional dialogue) &
Deven Chierighino (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Deven Chierighino .... producer
Mike Jittlov .... producer (as Michael Jittlov)
Richard Kaye .... producer
Kaye Porter .... associate producer
Don Rochambeau .... executive producer
Kelly Ross .... associate producer
Leonard Shapiro .... associate producer
Alan M. Solomon .... associate producer (as Alan Solomon)
Original Music by
John Massari 
Cinematography by
Russell Carpenter 
Film Editing by
Mike Jittlov 
Casting by
Mike Jittlov  (as MJJ)
Richard Kaye 
Makeup Department
N. Kristine Chadwick .... makeup artist (as Kristine Chadwick)
Scott Maxson .... makeup artist (as Scott Maxon)
Ann E. McGowan .... assistant makeup artist (as Ann McGowan)
Production Management
Daryl Kass .... production manager
Chip Vucelich .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daryl Kass .... first assistant director
Chip Vucelich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jim Graca .... artist: Lucky's production posters
Sound Department
John Boyd .... sound re-recording mixer
Brianne Brozey .... first assistant sound editor
Diggy .... multiphonic sound creation
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
Harold M. Etherington .... sound mixer (as Hal Etherington)
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as George Graves)
Kevin Hearst .... adr editor
Kevin Hearst .... dialogue editor
Paul Heslin .... foley artist
Randy Lawson .... second assistant sound editor (as Randall Lawson)
Steve Mann .... boom operator
Steve Mann .... foley supervisor
Steve Mann .... sound effects designer and editor (as Steve 'The Sound Surgeon' Mann)
Sheryl Lynn Milich .... second assistant sound editor
Wayne Oliver .... assistant dialogue editor
John Post .... foley artist
Special Effects by
George Berger .... builder: SPFX telephone
Mike Jittlov .... background pyrotechnics (as Bud 'Stumpy' Phalangy)
Eddie Paul .... designer and builder: 35mph Electric Suitcase
Visual Effects by
Mike Jittlov .... effected by
Gene Lescher .... special effects compositing and opticals
Adrian Mosser .... additional opticals
Thomas Baker .... animation camera (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... optical effects (uncredited)
Deven Chierighino .... stunt driver: second unit (as David Conrad)
Mike Jittlov .... stunt driver (as Mad Mike)
Steve Mann .... stunt driver: second unit
Tom Richer .... stunt driver: second unit
Gary Schwartz .... stunt driver
Philip Sloan .... stunt driver (as Phil Sloan)
Jerry Spicer .... stunt driver: second unit
Philip Michael Thomas .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Carpenter .... photographer: second unit (as Russ Carpenter)
Deven Chierighino .... photographer: second unit
Deven Chierighino .... production stills (as David Conrad)
Chris Coart .... assistant camera: second unit
Don Devine .... assistant camera
Melinda Sue Gordon .... production stills (as Melissa Sue Gordon)
Rick Heebner .... electrical best boy
Rick Heebner .... master gaffer: second unit
Mark W. Hoadley .... video technician
Greg Jittlov .... photographer: second unit
Mike Jittlov .... photographer: second unit
Robert Krebsbach .... gaffer (as Bob Krebsbach)
Michael Paris .... production stills
Philip Sloan .... best boy grip (as Phil Sloan)
Brian Thomas .... assistant camera: second unit
Jerry Tomson .... key grip
Kirby Timmons .... camera operator: "Time Tripper" (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Booher-Ciarimboli .... costumes: Creation Dance (as Linda Booker)
N. Kristine Chadwick .... wardrobe (as Kristine Chadwick)
Scott Maxson .... wardrobe (as Scott Maxon)
Angelique Pettyjohn .... leather costume and accessories (as Ms. Pettyjohn)
Editorial Department
Adam Chuck .... post-production coordinator
Gabrielle Gilbert Reeves .... assistant editor (as Gabrielle Gilbert)
Louis Pastore .... post-production consultant
Brian Thomas .... assistant assistant editor
Music Department
Mark Coffin .... music recording engineer (as Mark T. Coffin)
Mike Jittlov .... composer: original melodies
Steve Mann .... music editor
John Massari .... music producer
John Ross .... music recording engineer
Roy Braverman .... music mixer (uncredited)
Roy Braverman .... music recordist (uncredited)
Roy Braverman .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
John Massari .... conductor (uncredited)
John Massari .... musician: synthesizers (uncredited)
John Massari .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
James R. Andresen .... motorcycle officer
James D. Berry .... motorcycle officer
Michael D. Bissett .... motorcycle officer
Oscar Carreon .... motorcycle officer
Chris Coart .... wizard's apprentice
Doug Crepeau .... production consultant
Fred Doty .... motorcycle officer
Rena Joy Drissen .... craft service assistant (as Rena Jay Dreisen)
Mathew Dunne .... production assistant
Mark Feldgreber .... production assistant
Larry Grossman .... craft service manager
Stephen Henderson .... motorcycle officer
Lauri Kaye .... production secretary
Karl Mitchell .... dog trainer and restrainer (as Carl Mitchell)
Edward Mosk .... legal services
R.J. Nichols .... motorcycle officer
Gary N. Perkins .... motorcycle officer
Gwen Perlman .... publicist
Tom Richer .... production assistant
Lauri Riley .... choreographer: Creation Dance
Toni Serritello .... production secretary
Jerry Spicer .... production assistant
J.W. Sturgeon Jr. .... motorcycle officer
Brian Thomas .... publicist
Brian Thomas .... wizard's apprentice
William H. Valdez .... motorcycle officer
Nike Zachmanoglou .... script supervisor (as Nike Zachmanglou)
Nick Bennion .... very special thanks
Ted A. Bohus .... very special thanks (as Ted D.S. Bohus)
Brad Brown .... very special thanks
Bob Burns .... acknowledgment: the original Time Machine furnished by
Frank Kelly Freas .... very special thanks (as Kelly Freas)
Buddy Friedman .... very special thanks
Bob Hudnell .... very special thanks
Jim Krisvoy .... very special thanks
Peter Kuran .... very special thanks (as Pete Kuran)
Phil May .... very special thanks
The Mystery Person .... very special thanks
Mary Patricia .... very special thanks
Ben Rakoff .... very special thanks
Steve Roberts .... very special thanks
Bruce Schwartz .... very special thanks
Nick Vasu .... very special thanks
Dorothy Williams .... very special thanks

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95 min
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Woody Allen has a cameo at 1:09:32. He gives Mike Jittlov directions to the main office.See more »
Anachronisms: Set in 1977, features The Evil Dead (1981) (released in 1981) on a theatre marquee. This is only viewable in fullscreen versions, as letterboxing corrects this.See more »
Mike 'The Wizard' Jittlov:[thinking to himself] All the big things I should have done by now, but I was so busy doing little things. I wonder how many other people are out there? Writing stories and scripts that nobody else may ever read, making movies that nobody may ever see... discovering secrets, important things that could help everybody. Maybe I shouldn't make movies for a living... I could deliver Steve's pizzas...
[knocks over a jigsaw puzzle box and, via stop motion animation, the puzzle assembles itself]
Mike 'The Wizard' Jittlov:Oh, if only I could do that for real. If we could live on hopes and wishes, make movies at the speed of thought, all the movies that could have been, all the dreams that I could spin...
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The 'Wizard' of Oohs and Ahs, 18 May 2004
Author: Eugene Kim ( from Arlington, Virginia, USA

Some years ago, the USA cable network carried a late-night program called "Night Flight" which featured an assortment of entertainment, including rock videos and short films. Although I wasn't a regular viewer, I stumbled across "Night Flight" when it aired a live-action animated short called "The Wizard of Speed and Time." I was blown away by the film's ingenious use of stop-motion photography and other camera trickery as it told the story of a green-robed wizard who possesses the ability to run around the world in just a matter of minutes.

"The Wizard of Speed and Time," it turned out, began as a short subject made in 1979 by filmmaker Mike Jittlov. Some years after making the original film, Jittlov took his idea and expanded it into a low-budget feature, also called "The Wizard of Speed and Time," which tells the story of a young filmmaker named Mike Jittlov and his struggle to make a special-effects-laden short film for a TV special despite having few resources (i.e., money) while battling the Hollywood bureaucracy.

The five minutes or so of "Wizard" material in the feature are a triumph of shoestring ingenuity. We see a one-minute "work in progress" featuring marching tripods, dancing light stands and flying film cans as well as an infectiously catchy title tune (this was part of Jittlov's original short, with new music added). The film's climax is the finished product mentioned above (a remake and elaboration of the first part of the 1979 short - I think the remake is what I saw on USA). I marvel at Jittlov's ability to visualize in advance the dazzling images he's reaching for and his skill in achieving those images through frame-by-frame animation and undercranking. And notice how the camera refuses to stand still for the animations - other stop-motion films may seem rooted to the floor one set-up at a time, but Jittlov refuses to let his camera be tied down.

I just wish I could praise the rest of the movie as highly. It's friendly, it's likable, but when the Wizard isn't conjuring up his magic, the feature turns into what is, at best, only a mildly funny takeoff on Hollywood. I was hoping the ingenuity that Jittlov displayed in the Wizard sequences would also transform the surrounding story, which supposedly is based on his real-life experiences, but what we get is pretty thin stuff.

Jittlov's love of movie-making is much in evidence; there's at least one visual homage to the Walt Disney Company, and one of Disney's original "nine old men," animator Ward Kimball, makes a brief appearance as an examiner for the "Infernal Revenue Service." That's right, "infernal," and I'm afraid that's an indicator of the general level of verbal wit in "Wizard." We also get a studio head with a supposedly comic Jewish accent.

Still, Jittlov comes across as such an engagingly eccentric fellow - an animated character in his own right - that I wanted to believe in him and his house chock full of film-related gadgets and toys. Former Miss Virginia Paige Moore makes for a charming leading lady, both in the movie and the movie-within-the-movie. Philip Michael Thomas, the biggest name in the cast, plays a cop far removed from Miami. Fans of "Get Smart" may remember Angelique Pettyjohn, who was undercover agent Charlie Watkins in the 60s TV spy spoof; fans of the original "Star Trek" series will remember her from "The Gamesters of Triskelion."

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