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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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Michael Sundin ...
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Sean Barrett ...
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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PG | See all certifications »

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21 June 1985 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Walter Murch never intended for this film to be viewed as a direct sequel to The Wizard of Oz (1939); rather, he intended it as a partial sequel with some direct references (the ruby slippers, actors playing characters in Oz and the "real world") but in closer similarity to the Oz novels (the appearance of the Oz characters, Oz being a real place as opposed to a dream). The misconception that the film was ever meant to emulate the MGM musical probably contributed to its failure at the box office. See more »

Goofs

When Tik-Tok lands on the Nome King's mountain, the amount of him sticking out of the sand changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nurse Wilson: Lie down.
Dorothy: I'd like to sit up, if I may.
Nurse Wilson: What did your aunt tell you?
Dorothy: To do what you told me, Miss Wilson.
Nurse Wilson: Then, lie down.
[the attendants are strapping Dorothy to the stretcher]
Dorothy: Why do you have to tie me down?
Nurse Wilson: So that you don't fall off.
Dorothy: I came all the way from the farm on a buggy and I didn't fall off.
[They start to wheel Dorothy down the hall]
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Connections

Referenced in Remembering Return to Oz (2017) 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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