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Return to Oz (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  21 June 1985 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Worley / Nome King
Michael Sundin ...
Sean Barrett ...
Tik-Tok (voice)
Denise Bryer ...
Billina (voice)
Stewart Larange ...
Lyle Conway ...
Gump (voice)
Stephen Norrington ...
Gump (as Steve Norrington)


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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It's an all-new live-action fantasy - filled with Disney adventure and magic. See more »


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21 June 1985 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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The Scarecrow was originally supposed to have a fully articulated animatronic face, akin to that of the Gump, however budget cuts forced the puppeteers to reduce his face to a series of masks with fixed expressions. See more »


Mountains are shown in Kansas, a "plains" state. See more »


Dorothy: This is the old house! The one the tornado blew away. This is how I got into Oz the first time. That used to be my bedroom, and in there was the kitchen... And that's where I landed on the Wicked Witch of the East. But where all the munchkins?
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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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Very Underrated Classic
28 August 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

There have been many people since this film came out who have tried to compare it to The Wizard of Oz. I don't think you can compare the two films and neither film is better than the other. They're both fantastic.

This is an enjoyable movie which can be enjoyed time and time again. Dorothy returns to Oz and teams up with Tik-Tok (a robot), Jack Pumpkinhead (a pumpkin man obviously) and the Gump (don't ask)to battle the evil Nome King and Princess Mombi. There's plenty of fun throughout as Dorothy and friends battle the likes of the wheelies and all manner of creatures.

The finale is perhaps one of the best ever for a fantasy film. Yes, it really is that good as Dorothy and friends meet up with the Scarecrow and battle the evil Nome King and Princess Mombi.

The original Wizard Of Oz was a timeless classic still talked about today. It is no exaggeration to call Return To Oz a classic movie either.

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