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Release Date:
21 June 1985 (USA) See more »
An all-new adventure down the yellow brick road. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Walter Murch 
Writing credits
Walter Murch (screenplay) &
Gill Dennis (screenplay)

L. Frank Baum (novels "Ozma of Oz" and "The Land of Oz")

Produced by
Colin Michael Kitchens .... associate producer
Gary Kurtz .... executive producer
Paul Maslansky .... producer
Original Music by
David Shire 
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Freddie Francis (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Leslie Hodgson 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Susie Figgis 
Marci Liroff 
Production Design by
Norman Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Charles Bishop (supervising art director)
Fred Hole 
Set Decoration by
Michael Ford 
Costume Design by
Raymond Hughes 
Makeup Department
Stuart Artingstall .... mechanical characters hair design
Magdalen Gaffney .... makeup artist
Robin Grantham .... makeup supervisor
Beryl Lerman .... makeup artist
Patricia McDermott .... hair stylist
David White .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Production Management
Philip Kohler .... unit manager (as Phil Kohler)
Steve Lanning .... production manager (as Stephen Lanning)
Bruce Sharman .... executive in charge of production
Thomas L. Wilhite .... original executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
James Devis .... second unit director
Ian Hickinbotham .... second assistant director
Michael Murray .... assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... second assistant director: second unit
Peter Waller .... assistant director: second unit
Steve Lanning .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Speer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Alan Adams .... dipping props
Bill Beecham .... constructor hod (as William Beecham)
Reg Bream .... chief draughtsman
Barry Bruce .... claymation art director
Bruce Cheesman .... unit props
Kenneth Clarke .... constructor hod
Bill J. Coggon .... unit props (as William Coggon)
Peter Collins .... constructor hod
Michael R. Driscoll .... constructor hod (as Michael Driscoll)
Peter Hancock .... property master
Ron Higgins .... unit props
Robert Hill .... unit props (as Rob Hill)
Richard Holland .... draughtsman
Tommy Ibbetson .... prop management
Harley Jessup .... storyboard artist
I.F. Lawrence .... constructor hod
Bert Long .... constructor hod (as Albert Long)
David Lusby .... production buyer
Philip McDonald .... locations property master
Ted Michell .... scenic artist
Michael G. Ploog .... illustrator (as Mike Ploog)
Michael G. Ploog .... storyboard artist (as Mike Ploog)
Doug Purdie .... dipping props
Denis Rich .... storyboard artist
Henry Selick .... storyboard artist
Chris Sheehan .... dipping props (as Christopher Sheehan)
Bob Walker .... scenic artist
Bill Welch .... construction manager
Gavin Bocquet .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Dave Midson .... supervising dressing prop (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Jay Pales .... plasterer (uncredited)
Michael Peraza Jr. .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Allen .... production sound (as Robert Allen)
Tim Blackham .... sound crew
Geoff R. Brown .... assistant sound editor
Martin Evans .... sound editor
Mike Hopkins .... sound editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Tony Morris .... assistant sound editor
Peter Musgrave .... sound editor
Walter Nelson .... assistant sound editor
Bill Rowe .... re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Martin Trevis .... sound crew
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Peter Davey .... special effects technician
Michael Dawson .... special effects technician
Ken Gittens .... special effects technician
Brian Lince .... special effects technician
Ray Lovell .... special effects technician
Brian Morrison .... senior special effects technician
Trevor Neighbour .... senior effects technician
Frank Richardson .... special effects technician (as B. Frank Richardson)
John Stephenson .... mechanical characters mechanical design
David H. Watkins .... special effects technician (as David Watkins)
Barry Whitrod .... senior effects technician
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
David Hunter .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Craske .... assistant model cameraman
George Djurkovic .... art department models
Carl Frith .... model and process effects unit camera operator
Allen Gonzales .... effects animator
Peter Hammond .... matte camera
John Harris .... model camera operator (as John H. Harris)
Robert Hill .... model and process effects unit camera operator
Peter Krook .... optical editorial supervisor
Michael Lloyd .... matte supervisor
Tim McHugh .... matte camera assistant
Nick Moore .... assistant optical editor
Zoran Perisic .... director of model and process unit-visual effects consultant
Stanley W. Sayer .... matte photography consultant (as Stanley Sayer)
Robert Scifo .... matte artist
Charles Stoneham .... matte artist
Carl Willat .... additional opticals
Ian Wingrove .... model and special effects supervisor
David Worley .... model camera operator
Alan Church .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Peter Govey .... additional opticals (uncredited)
Sam Longoria .... claymation camera (uncredited)
Sam Longoria .... motion control engineer (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... stunts
Cheryl Brown .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Alison Lynn .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Gareth Milne .... stunts
Nicola Roche .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Colin Skeaping .... stunt arranger
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Tip Tipping .... stunts
Sarah White .... stunt double: Fairuza Balk
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
Bob Bridges .... video technician (as Robert Bridges)
David Budd .... assistant camera
Jim Dawes .... camera grip
James Devis .... camera operator: second unit
James Devis .... director of photography: second unit
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Ronnie Homewood .... best boy
Christopher Kenny .... video technician
Roy Larner .... gaffer
Roger McDonald .... assistant camera
Simon Mills .... clapper loader: second unit
Shane O'Neill .... assistant camera
John Palmer .... camera operator
Barry Peake .... still photographer
Ken Worringham .... camera operator
Dean Kennedy .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Allen .... wardrobe assistant (as Anthony Allen)
Rosemary Lis .... wardrobe assistant (as Rosemary Worth)
William McPhail .... assistant costume designer
Paul Vachon .... wardrobe supervisor
Hilary Watson .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Peter Boita .... second editor
Dan Farrell .... assistant editor (as Daniel Farrell)
Kerry Kohler .... senior assistant editor
Location Management
Grania O'Shannon .... location manager
Music Department
Michael Davis .... musician: violin solo
Gordon Greenaway .... assistant music editor
Harry Rabinowitz .... associate conductor
David Shire .... conductor
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording mixer
Stan Witt .... music editor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
Other crew
Douglas Aberle .... claymation artist
Barbara Allen .... production coordinator
David Altschul .... claymation producer
Brian Archer .... mechanical characters patternmaker
Alan Arnold .... publicist
Craig Bartlett .... claymation artist
Annie Britten .... secretary to producer
Lyle Conway .... mechanical characters cosutme design supervisor
John Coppinger .... mechanical characters designer
Michael Culling .... animal trainer (as Mike Culling)
Douglas Cummings .... cello soloist
Chris Eveleigh .... mechanical characters designer
William Fiesterman .... claymation artist
Derek Frampton .... mechanical characters technician
Gary Frutkoff .... mechanical characters additional design
Tom Gasek .... claymation artist
Joan C. Gratz .... claymation artist
Linda Gregory .... assistant accountant
Mark Gustafson .... claymation artist
Don Henry .... first process engineer
Colin Hurry .... mechanical characters technician
Paul Jiggins .... mechanical characters supporting plasterer
Sally Jones .... continuity
Val Jones .... mechanical characters fabric design (as Val Johnston)
Helen Lewis .... mechanical characters textile
Lesja Liber .... mechanical characters fabric design
Pons Maar .... mime movement arranger
Mary Jo Macvey .... tutor
Doris Martin .... continuity: second unit
Sue Matthews .... secretary to director
Bruce McKean .... claymation artist
Tom McLaughlin .... mechanical characters foam latex supervisor
Cathy McMahon .... tutor
Gary McRobert .... claymation artist
Gary McRobert .... claymation technical supervisor
Phil Meador .... supervisor: Disney Efx (as Philip Meador)
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Aggie Murch .... unit nurse (as Muriel Murch)
John R. Neill .... mechanical characters original drawings
Roger Nichols .... mechanical characters technician
Chris Ostwald .... mechanical characters designer
Richard Padbury .... mechanical characters designer
William Plant .... mechanical characters technician
Joanne Radmilovich .... claymation artist
Nick Rayburn .... mechanical characters designer
Melinda Rees .... continuity: second unit
Glynis Robertson .... executive producer's secretary
Ian Rolph .... mechanical characters technician
Tim Rose .... mechanical characters senior designer
David Sainty .... mechanical characters general assistant
Neal Scanlan .... mechanical characters technician
Moyra Simpson .... assistant production coordinator
H.W. Hamilton Smith .... mechanical characters mechanical design
Will Vinton .... claymation director
Chris Warren .... video coordinator (as Christopher Warren)
David Watson .... effects technician
Rebecca West .... publicity assistant
Sam Williams .... supporting accountant
Cas Willing .... mechanical characters fabric design
Michael Yell .... assistant accountant
Judy Britten .... captions assistant: publicity (uncredited)
Francis Ford Coppola .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Sue Dacre .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
Geoff Felix .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
David Greenaway .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
Swee Lim .... supporting puppeteer (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Tony Miller .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Stefano Priori .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Maurice Sendak .... preliminary artwork (uncredited)
George Lucas .... special thanks
Robert Watts .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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113 min | Finland:110 min (uncut) | Finland:109 min (cut)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (original rating) | Australia:G (re-rating on appeal) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-8 (cut) | Finland:K-10 (uncut) | Iceland:L | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Ireland:G | Netherlands:MG6 | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors in geography: Mountains are shown in Kansas, a Plains state.See more »
Dorothy:[On her final guess Dorothy is about to guess on a bird statue, but then spots and emerald and chooses that instead] Oz!
Scarecrow:[Restored from ornament form] Dorothy!
The Nome King:[In his throne room the Nome King hears the echo of the scarecrow saying "Dorothy"] Smudge and blazes!
Dorothy:[Back in ornament room] Scarecrow!
[the two embrace]
Dorothy:You were green.
Dorothy:You were a green ornament.
Scarecrow:I was?
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Is this a sequel to the 1939 MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz?"
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65 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
When all you can do, is return to Oz..., 3 November 2000
Author: David, Film Freak from Palmerston North, New Zealand

As a young kid, The Wizard Of Oz was one of my favourite-est movies in the world. The movie was bright, colourful, cheerful, happy and undoubtedly saccharine. And while it was a Box-Office smash and collected millions of Oz fans worldwide, it displayed nearly none of the points that made the book series so successful. So when after viewing Return To Oz, I was extremely happy.

While thousands blasted the film calling it 'dark' and even 'scary', I thoroughly enjoyed it. New characters, magic powders, creepier witches, talking chickens and flying couches - what more could an imaginative youngster want?!

Faruiza Balk portayed Dorothy Gale exceptionally well, and at times, takes on Judy Garland's version so similair, it's scary! Return To Oz was, I mean, is, better than the original, because it was more based on the books, whereas The Wizard Of Oz was a cross between the original book, bittersweet sets and a symphony orchestra.

While some disagree, I believe that 'Return' was not all a weak sequel, but more of a non-sequel sequel, which had little to do with the original, and had an exciting, haunting, script, which worked really well.

Well it's been about 10 years since I first saw Return To Oz, and I still think that it's one of the best children's movies ever made (however scary) and it's in everyone's best interests to rent it out - even if you hated it's predacessor.

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