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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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Bus Clerk
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Grease Monkey
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Storyline

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)

Gross:

$14,278,900 (USA)
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Trivia

The version of _Double Dragon (1987) (VG)_ qv that Jimmy is playing at the bus station is not in fact the arcade version of the game, but rather the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Double Dragon. The PlayChoice 10 is the machine Jimmy is playing and can be seen in the first shot of the boys entering the bus top. 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 »

Quotes

Putnam: All right! All right! This is no need to get crazy. It's very hot. This is a professional matter.
Sam: Yeah!
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A great movie to remind you of being a kid.
19 January 2002 | by (Chesterfield, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I grew up with this movie, and i never get tired of it, even now.Watching it reminds me of the good ol' days as a kid growing up in the 80's. The plot seems a little out of left field but under the right circumstances could probably happen.

Great performances are given by Fred Savage as Corey, Christian Slater as Nick the typical teenage older brother and Beau Bridges as Sam the good hearted father(reminds me alot of my father).

When it gets down to it The Wizard is a great movie for all ages to enjoy.

5 out of 5 stars.


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