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Return to Oz (1985)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

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Uncle Henry
Michael Sundin ...
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Tik-Tok (voice)
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Denise Bryer ...
Billina (voice)
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Stewart Larange ...
Lyle Conway ...
Gump (voice)
Stephen Norrington ...
Gump (as Steve Norrington)
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Storyline

Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure. Written by Nichola McDougall

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Return to the land where the adventure began. See more »


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21 June 1985 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,137,801, 31 December 1985
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Trivia

Disney actually fired director Walter Murch about a week into production due to budget concerns. The studio found dailies lacking and Murch's slow shooting pace disheartening. Much contacted friends Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas for help, and all three directors lobbied Disney to rehire Murch. Lucas even offered to take over directing himself should Murch fall behind schedule. Murch finished the film on schedule, though while in post-production studio management changed. The new executives had little faith in the movie, and doomed it with limited promotion and a short theatrical run. See more »

Goofs

Dorothy's eyes and head-position on the pillow change several times between shots while they are testing the shock-therapy machine. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy: Patented Clockwork Mechanical Man. Does everything but live. For Thinking, wind number 1 under left arm. For Speaking, wind number 2 under right arm. For Walking & Action, wind number 3, middle of back. Guaranteed to work perfectly for a thousand years.
Billina: Aww, you don't believe that do ya?
Dorothy: I don't know. I'll wind him up and we'll see.
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An excellent, dark take on the children tale
16 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

Be warned: this film may be found a little too frightening for the young ones. It's a shattered vision of the Land of Oz with the jovial munchkins conspicuously absent, and it opens with Dorothy in an insane asylum (!). What's surprising to me is I rented this film with the mindset that it was going to be complete trash, that a sequel to "The Wizard of Oz" was blashphemy. I stand corrected. This adaption is an effectively satisfying interpretation of the popular children's story. Child actress Fairuza Balk (now in such crap like "The Waterboy") is a very convincing Dorothy Gail, more so than Academy Award winner Judy Garland in the original. But it's the little things that keep you entertained: a severed trophy head, brought to life, quips, "If I had a stomach, I know I'd be sick!" when free-falling through the air; the evil Princess Mambi has an interesting collection on display in her palace; and the realization that the cause of Oz's decline into this dismal state may be directly attributed to Dorothy's departure in the prequel. One disappointment: Toto is left behind in favor of a talking chicken. I know, I know . . .

Grade: B


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