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The Wizard (1989)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  15 December 1989 (USA)
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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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It's more than a game... It's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


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15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vidéokid  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$14,278,900 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In the opening scenes of The Wizard, Jimmy is walking along a highway and is stopped by a police officer whose vehicle and uniform patch indicates he is a member of the Farleigh County Sheriff Department. Farleigh County is a fictional location, as there is no real Farleigh County in Utah. See more »


When Jimmy says, "Corey, I don't want to go home," Haley's purse disappears and reappears between shots. See more »


Haley: [Corey tries to kiss Haley but gets shoved down] I know what you were trying to do and you can just forget it. There is no way. I am not kissing a boy.
Corey: A girl maybe?
Haley: You smart ass!
[Grabs Corey and kisses him]
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What can I say? This was My Childhood
12 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, not really. My life story doesn't resemble that of the characters in any way except for our collective love of video games. That said:

I watched this movie so many damn times as a kid it'll make your head spin. What can I say about this movie that you don't already know yourself? Fred Savage. Beau Bridges. Christian Slater. The chick from Rilo Kiley. Spanky.

And then Jimmy brings it all home.

First of all, I want to say that whatever pills the video game contest host was on, I want me some of that. Two, they should bring back the Powerglove. And three, road trip movies will never, ever die.

From Double Dragon to Ninja Gaiden or the nostalgic dinosaur park in the middle of no where, this movie will always remain a classic for me.

"Gimme, gimme, gimme...Jimmy...Woods!!!"

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