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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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Stewart Larange ...
Lyle Conway ...
Gump (voice)
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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

Director Walter Murch invited friend George Lucas to visit the set one day. During that visit Lucas wandered to different sound stages where he came across producer Rick McCallum working on a small film. The two became friends and later collaborated on the "Star Wars" prequels. See more »

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After strapping Dorothy onto the stretcher, the two "wheelers" change places between shots. See more »

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Dr. J.B. Worley: And how did you come back from... Oz?
Dorothy: With my ruby slippers.
Dr. J.B. Worley: How did they work?
Dorothy: You put them on and you click your heels three times, and you say "There's no place like home".
Dr. J.B. Worley: Dorothy, where are those slippers now?
Dorothy: I lost them. They fell off on the way back.
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Not that bad ( in fact pretty good)
12 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this for the first time when I was under ten and wasn't scared at all. In fact I loved it, but because it was on television I forgot about it for a long time. I recently rediscovered the movie and even as an adult I still love it. Yes, the movie is considerably darker the Wizard, but in my opinion it is a better and more interesting story. In light of the violence in movies today I do not think it is out of the question to allow a ten year old to see it and if you are a teenager or older I would certainly recommend this film. If you found Wizard of Oz too cutesy for your taste you may be pleasantly surprised by this underrated film.


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