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Return to Oz (1985)

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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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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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Trivia

When the desolate Emerald City is first seen, there is a close-up of a bas relief portrait of a creature with a lion's head, a monkey's body, and an eagle's wings. This is a faithful reproduction of John R. Neill's portrait of the aptly named creature Li-Mon-Eag, which appeared on the back cover of 'The Magic of Oz', an Oz tale by L. Frank Baum, first released mere weeks after the latter's death in 1919. See more »

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After Mombi switches her head to the brunette (head #4) her lips are out of sync while telling Dorothy about the Scarecrow, clearly indicating that it's a voice over by Jean Marsh, the original nurse/Mombi. See more »

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Lead Wheeler: You'll be sorry for treating me like this! I'm a TERRIBLE fierce person!
Tik-Tok: I am only a machine. So I can not be sorry or happy, no matter what happens.
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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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