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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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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,278,900 (USA)
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Marked the first public unveiling of EAD's then-anticipated (but still popular) Super Mario Bros. 3. See more »

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When Putnam arrives at the Video Armageddon, Lucas is standing on the steps of the building. Lucas tells Putnam which way Corey, Jimmy, and Haley ran. But up until this point, Lucas and Putnam have never met, so Lucas should not have recognized Putnam. This is incorrectly regarded as a goof because even though there was never an on screen meeting between Lucas and Putnam when Putnam was on the phone with Mrs Bateman he stated that, he had got it from this kid named Lucas that they were headed to the convention. This was the same scene where he has the tow truck guy tow Sam's car. Lucas would be able to recognize Putnam on the steps 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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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: AVGN Wizard Rant (2008) See more »

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Red River
Written by Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann
Performed by BoDeans
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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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