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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)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,278,900 (USA)
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When Jimmy, Corey & Haley are hustling the teenagers at the restaurant, it shows the game Jimmy is playing as F-1 Dream. The actual game Jimmy is playing is called Top Speed, although F-1 Dream is also a real game. See more »

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Before Corey throws darts at the map, there is already a dart in South Dakota. The first dart he throws looks to be thrown at something off-camera but yet he says "South Dakota" as if he just threw the dart on the map and hit South Dakota. See more »

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Putnam: All right, I'm looking for a couple of kids. This one's a mental case, have you seen them?
Pinball Teen: Does he dress like you?
Putnam: No.
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You Don't Get Much
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Performed by BoDeans
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You got 50,000 on Double Dragon?!?
8 August 2001 | by (Fresno, ca) – See all my reviews

If you were born between the years 1974 and 1984 and were as obsessed as most of us were about Nintendo games, you will enjoy this movie. Yes, the plot is predictable and cheesy and the writing leaves a lot to be desired, but I guarantee if you fall into the above group, you will enjoy regressing back to 1989 where having "all 97 games," and "the power glove (it's so bad...)" were major status symbols. If you don't fall into this group, or couldn't really care less about old video games, then you should probably pass on this film. But for the rest of us, (I used to watch the commercial for this film just to get a glimpse at Super Mario Bros. 3) watch it and enjoy it time after time.


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