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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Michael Sundin ...
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Tik-Tok (voice)
Denise Bryer ...
Billina (voice)
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Lyle Conway ...
Gump (voice)
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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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Vince Cross composed a tie-in song "Return to Oz" which was released as a single on the Cherry Lane label, sung by Victoria Wood. It was not used on the soundtrack and is not on the official soundtrack album. See more »


The number of Wheelers changes between scenes. See more »


Aunt Em: The clinic was hit by lightning and it burned to the ground. Everybody was rescued, except Dr. Worley. He ran in to rescue his machines.
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Dark, disturbing, captivating... where did the first movie go so wrong?
19 February 2001 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie I was about 6 or 7. It really scared me, I remember having nightmares of Mombie for weeks... I also remember rewatching it week after week. Now 10 years later I've rediscovered it and it's still chilling. Not because it was meant to be a horror, but because the imagery and plot is so vivid and captivating I can't help but feel like I'm really drawn into another world. Very few movies have done that for me... this is right up there with movies like Willow, Labrynth, and The Neverending Story. If you like musicals, bright colors and munchkin's dancing around, then stay away from this one, but if you want to go on a journey of pure imagination that will leave you breathless on the edge of your seat, rediscover Oz for yourself!

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