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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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Salesman #1
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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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A varázsló  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,278,900 (USA)
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Trivia

When Corey has Jimmy challenge the businessmen to an arcade game bet, the side of the arcade cabinet features an ad for the then-recent Tom Petty album Full Moon Fever. See more »

Goofs

When the Video Armageddon announcer begins to name the contestants, the female announcer voice says there are two minutes until the contest starts, but the giant clock on stage is seen counting down from one. See more »

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Putnam: [talking on the phone about Haley] I touched her breast. She doesn't have any breasts!
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Hangin' Tough
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Performed by New Kids on the Block
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LOVED this as a kid
22 April 2003 | by (Green Bay, WI) – See all my reviews

Being 6 when this movie came out, ALREADY obsessed with Nintendo, I wanted to see this movie so bad when it came out. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it in the theater. But I saw it on video and checked it out like 20 times seriously. Watching it today it seems a little hokey, but still it brings me back to the days when video games were user friendly and fun.


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