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The Wizard (1989)

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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Vince Trankina ...
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Dea McAllister ...
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Roy Conrad ...
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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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Vidéokid  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,278,900 (USA)
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Beau Bridges and Christian Slater both admitted to having little to no interest in video games when they were cast in the film. They played games during filming and both grew to become fans. See more »

Goofs

About 33 minutes into the movie, we see Corey, Jimmy, and Haley catching a ride in the back of a blue pick-up truck with some Navajo Indians, one of whom introduces himself in Navajo language. However, if you look closely at an earlier scene at the 27:30 mark, we see them getting out of the same truck with the same Indians. There is a continuity error here because the kids had parted ways with the truck after the first scene and got a ride with a biker gang. The two aforementioned scenes were obviously shot together and the editors overlooked or ignored this continuity problem. See more »

Quotes

Nick: That cannot possibly be one of the four major food groups
Sam: It's a casserole genius.
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Connections

Features Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Hangin' Tough
Written by Maurice Starr
Performed by New Kids on the Block
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Great Movie, Better Cast
13 July 2001 | by (Bronx, New York) – See all my reviews

This movie first aired in 1989, when Fred Savage was boy wonder and on top of the world and when Jenny Lewis was every young girl's dream. A lot of people say this movie was a commercial for Nintendo but really it wasn't........it was a movie for everyone that has a lost a loved one, for people who have been traumatized, and for people all around the world. The movie shows us that anyone can achieve their goal if they only believe.


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