6.1/10
207
2 user 3 critic

The Wizard of Loneliness (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 3 March 1990 (Japan)
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.

Director:

Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Forever bungling private investigator Henry Brilliant (Chris Lemmon) has been hired by Maxine de la Hunt (Jean Simmons) to protect her step-daughter Marigold (Lea Thompson) during her trip ... See full summary »

Director: James Kenelm Clarke
Stars: Chris Lemmon, Jean Simmons, Lea Thompson
Casual Sex? (1988)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Two women friends, with quite different sexual histories, try visiting a health resort to look for a man to settle down with.

Director: Geneviève Robert
Stars: Lea Thompson, Victoria Jackson, Stephen Shellen
Nightbreaker (TV Movie 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dr. Alexander Brown (Martin Sheen) arrives in Las Vegas, awarded for his recent medical invention. An ex-G.I. tells Brown he was a test subject during the 1950's, exposed to atomic bomb ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Markle
Stars: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Lea Thompson
The Wild Life (1984)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Director: Art Linson
Stars: Chris Penn, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Eric Stoltz
Convicts (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1902 Texas, 13-year-old Horace goes to work on old Soll's farm to earn enough money to buy a headstone for his father's grave. Unfortunately for Horace, Soll's senility, ill health, and ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Masterson
Stars: Robert Duvall, Lukas Haas, James Earl Jones
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man's dying wish is for the people in his life to participate in a 450-mile charity bicycle ride through Northern California.

Director: Bernard Salzmann
Stars: Lea Thompson, Vincent Spano, Danny Nucci
The Ryan White Story (TV Movie 1989)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.

Director: John Herzfeld
Stars: Judith Light, Lukas Haas, Michael Bowen
Lady in White (1988)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a small town during the 1960's, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.

Director: Frank LaLoggia
Stars: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco
Johns (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It's the day before Christmas, the day before John's 21st birthday. He's a prostitute on Santa Monica Blvd in L.A., and he wants to spend that night and the next day at the posh Park Plaza ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Silver
Stars: David Arquette, Lukas Haas, Tony Epper
Article 99 (1992)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of doctors in a veteran's hospital must contend with their hopeless situation: too many patients and not enough beds. The main cause of their problems is bureaucratic ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Ray Liotta, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker
Solarbabies (1986)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

In a future in which most water has disappeared from the Earth, we find a group of children, mostly teenagers, who are living at an orphanage, run by the despotic rulers of the new Earth. ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Johnson
Stars: Richard Jordan, Jami Gertz, Jason Patric
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A thriller about a man, Dr Wolcott, who is wrongfully acquitted of charges that he molested his daughter, Dinah. The deputy district attorney, Joey, takes Dinah with her seeking refuge from... See full summary »

Director: Jenny Bowen
Stars: Claire Rankin, Julian McMahon, Alexandra Kyle
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Wright ...
Conductor
...
Wendall
Steve Hendrickson ...
Fred
...
Duffy Kahler
Jeffrey Dreisbach ...
Singing Soldier
Anne Pitoniak ...
Cornelia
...
Doc
...
John T.
Andrea Matheson ...
Ercel
Jeremiah Warner ...
Tom
...
Sybil
Dorothy Yates ...
Dot Svenson
Doris Yates ...
Marie Svenson
Jerome Dempsey ...
Jim
...
Jimmy Wiggen
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes needing someone is the bravest thing you can do.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 March 1990 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A magányosság varázslója  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$144,566 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


12 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
availability librarykat
Discuss The Wizard of Loneliness (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?