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The Wizard of Loneliness (1988)

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After his mother dies and father goes to fight in World War II, a young boy moves in with his aunt and uncle who live in the countryside. Lonely and unhappy, he starts believing he has super powers. Then a "dead" man shows up.

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Alan Wright ...
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Wendall
Steve Hendrickson ...
Fred
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Duffy Kahler
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Singing Soldier
Anne Pitoniak ...
Cornelia
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Doc
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John T.
Andrea Matheson ...
Ercel
Jeremiah Warner ...
Tom
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Sybil
Dorothy Yates ...
Dot Svenson
Doris Yates ...
Marie Svenson
Jerome Dempsey ...
Jim
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Jimmy Wiggen
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After his mother dies and father goes to fight in World War II, a young boy moves in with his aunt and uncle who live in the countryside. Lonely and unhappy, he starts believing he has super powers. Then a "dead" man shows up.

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Sometimes needing someone is the bravest thing you can do.

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3 March 1990 (Japan)  »

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A magányosság varázslója  »

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An excellent, long forgotten film
11 August 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I have been searching for this movie for years after seeing it on late night television in the early 90's, with no luck. After learning it only received 84 votes on IMDb, i realized why... no one has seen the damn thing! So, I feel it is my duty to recommend this unique and unforgettable film to anyone who may stumble across it in the wasteland that is cable or the dusty old drama section of mom and pop video stores.

If only I could remember more about it! Certain scenes have stayed with me for years, while others have unfortunately faded with the passage of time. I remember young Lucas Haas and his horror at discovering his beloved pet rabbit has eaten her young, as well as his relationship with a deranged stranger who may or may not be his father. Along, with a few other scenes, these are the only things I can remember specifically about the movie.

Regardless, I stand by my original statement that this is quite a memorable film. What I have not forgotten, nor am I likely to, is the heart wrenching tone of the movie. The acting is excellent, and Haas especially is mesmerizing. You feel very strongly for these characters, which makes the films bleak atmosphere even more involving.

I saw this movie once, more than ten years ago, and even then it was edited for television. Still, it has stuck with me, and if that isn't a sign of great film-making, I don't know what is. I give it an eight, simply because I cannot remember it in it's entirety, preventing me from giving it a 10, which I suspect it deserves.

If anyone finds it, please give it a try and let me know what you think. I would love to know if this film really is as remarkable as I remember it to be.


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