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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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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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Many NES games appear in the arcade scenes. Contrary to popular belief, this IS possible. In the late eighties/early nineties, Nintendo had an arcade cabinet called Play Choice Ten. These machines would let the gamer pick between a number of NES games and alternate freely between them for as long as a gamer wished - until time ran out, at which time the gamer would have to insert another quarter. See more »

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During the scene inside the dinosaur at the end of the movie, Corey takes a picture from Jimmy. The camera cuts to their family and then back to them. Corey takes the photo from Jimmy a second time. See more »

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Haley: Hi, I'm Haley. If you don't tell me what you're doing, I'm going to scream.
Corey: Could you scream quietly?
Haley: What do you think I'm stupid?
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Features Double Dragon (1987) See more »

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I Live By The Groove
Written by Paul Carrack and Eddie Schwarz
Performed by Paul Carrack
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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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