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The Wizard (1989)

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A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.

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Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away. Written by Anonymous

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They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a game...it's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


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15 December 1989 (USA)  »

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A varázsló  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,278,900 (USA)
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Participating theaters would distribute issues of "Pocket Power" a pocket-sized version of "Nintendo Power" magazine. See more »

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Haley said that Jimmy had trouble with the games "Rampage" and "Dr. Chaos", but those two weren't part of the Playchoice 10 series. Rampage was a self-cabinet arcade game, while Dr. Chaos was NES-only. See more »

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Studio Tour Guide: Please, sit down and have fun! Just, just sit down and have fun, dammit!
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Red River
Written by Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann
Performed by BoDeans
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Lucas Barton, American Anti-Hero
3 February 2003 | by (quincy,ma) – See all my reviews

This movie explores the depths of human emotions. It incorporates dramatic struggles ranging from a family being ripped apart because of a divorce (all too common in this work-a-day society), and a complex friendship being stretched to the limit because of the legendary California Videogame Championship. Corey and Jimmy are half-brothers. Jimmy has a dead twin sister. Mom has a new boyfriend. Dad owns a landscaping business. Throw in Christian Slater as a bad-ass older brother, a love triangle with three 13 year olds, the power-glove, and the song "Send Me and Angel" by Real Life and you have 1 intense peice of cinema. Watch out for cameos by the black dude from Batteries Not Included*, a guy with the same voice as Dicky Barrett, and Las Vegas. I've seen this movie over 3 times, and I still get chills when Corey and Jimmy have to sleep in Goblin Valley. Damn.


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