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The Wizard -- Corey (Fred Savage) and his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) run away together and team up with a girl (Jenny Lewis) who notices Jimmy's talent for video games.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
David Chisholm (written by)
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Release Date:
15 December 1989 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 nominations See more »
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(52 articles)
The 100 Greatest Nintendo Games, Pt. 9
 (From SoundOnSight. 9 February 2015, 8:47 PM, PST)

How ‘The Wizard’ failed Nintendo
 (From SoundOnSight. 11 January 2015, 4:58 PM, PST)

25 Years Later, Revel in the Nostalgia of The Wizard
 (From PEOPLE.com. 18 December 2014, 1:15 PM, PST)

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Lucas Barton, American Anti-Hero See more (99 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Todd Holland 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Chisholm (written by)

Produced by
David Chisholm .... producer
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive producer
Daniel Schneider .... associate producer
Ken Topolsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
J. Peter Robinson 
 
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Finan 
 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Sally Lear (additional casting)
 
Production Design by
Michael L. Mayer 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Sissman 
 
Set Decoration by
Claire Jenora Bowin 
 
Costume Design by
Scilla Andreen  (as Scilla Andreen-Hernandez)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Hansson .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Richard F. Anderson .... carpenter
Nat Bocking .... assistant property master
Kathleen B. Cooper .... painter
Jonathan R. Hodges .... property master
Quinn Monahan .... on-set dresser
Leon Ranch Jr. .... shop construction
Stephen Tibbo .... swing
 
Sound Department
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Mortesa Rezvani .... sound mixer
Brad Sherman .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Josh Hakian .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Clay Boss .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts
Gardner Doolittle .... stunt performer
Andree Gibbs .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunt coordinator
James M. Halty .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunts
Alan Gibbs .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tom Glass .... truck action (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Arsenault .... video playback engineer
David E. Elkins .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wes Houle .... gaffer: second unit
Wes Houle .... set electrician
Bob Leitelt .... dolly grip
Zeph R. Makgetla .... assistant camera
Willie Mann .... best boy grip
Chris Morley .... gaffer
Vince Onken .... electrician
Les Percy .... key grip
Charles Smith .... grip
 
Editorial Department
John Nicolard .... color timer
Suzanne Spangler .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Katherine Quittner .... music editor: temp score (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Howard Bachrach .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Alitzah .... adr loop group
Richard Arsenault .... video
David Combs .... studio teacher
John Glaeser .... assistant production office coordinator
Jonathan Glassner .... story editor
Andy Spilkoman .... production assistant
 

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  • Nintendo of America  appears by courtesy of: the "Super Mario Bros. 3" game (as Nintendo of America Inc.)

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Runtime:
96 min | USA:100 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1994) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | New Zealand:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG (Certificate No. 30083)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
A young Tobey Maguire can be seen as one of Lucas' friends in the scene just after the three finalist for Video Armageddon are announced. He is on the far left with the mullet hair cut.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As Lucas plays "Rad Racer", he is moving his hand like he is behind the wheel of a car, making small precision adjustments in his steering from left to right. However, the Nintendo Entertainment System used strictly a digital input system, meaning that it wouldn't be able to pick up precision ranges of motion like an analogue controller could and would give the full range of motion no matter how subtle you push or turn. He would be all over or off the road with how he was twisting the glove and not making the skillful turns and passes shown on-screen.See more »
Quotes:
Putnam:[talking on the phone about Haley] I touched her breast. She doesn't have any breasts!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Roaming (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Send Me An AngelSee more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Lucas Barton, American Anti-Hero, 3 February 2003
Author: McGrath (frenzy617@aol.com) from quincy, ma

This movie explores the depths of human emotions. It incorporates dramatic struggles ranging from a family being ripped apart because of a divorce (all too common in this work-a-day society), and a complex friendship being stretched to the limit because of the legendary California Videogame Championship. Corey and Jimmy are half-brothers. Jimmy has a dead twin sister. Mom has a new boyfriend. Dad owns a landscaping business. Throw in Christian Slater as a bad-ass older brother, a love triangle with three 13 year olds, the power-glove, and the song "Send Me and Angel" by Real Life and you have 1 intense peice of cinema. Watch out for cameos by the black dude from Batteries Not Included*, a guy with the same voice as Dicky Barrett, and Las Vegas. I've seen this movie over 3 times, and I still get chills when Corey and Jimmy have to sleep in Goblin Valley. Damn.

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