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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 » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Lucas Barton, American Anti-Hero See more (103 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
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Steven Patrick McCormick .... dialogue/adr editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
Mortesa Rezvani .... sound mixer
Brad Sherman .... sound effects editor
Joel Valentine .... 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
Shawn Stevens .... crafts service/catering
 

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Runtime:
96 min | USA:100 min
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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 | South Korea:All (1991) | UK:PG | USA:PG (Certificate No. 30083)
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Trivia:
In the opening scenes of The Wizard, Jimmy is walking along a highway and is stopped by a police officer whose vehicle and uniform patch indicates he is a member of the Farleigh County Sheriff Department. Farleigh County is a fictional location, as there is no real Farleigh County in Utah.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the Video Armageddon scene, it is said that there are two minutes left, even though the timer visibly shows one minute.See more »
Quotes:
[Sam is playing Zelda II The Adventures Of Link]
Nick:Pop I think we got it.
Sam:Wait a second. I'm on the sixth palace of Hyrule. Yeah! I got past the river devil.
Nick:Terrific.
[Turns off the Nintendo]
Sam:What the hell are you doing? I had the magic key. I got the cross. I was closing in on the barbarian!
Nick:You're losing it pop.
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Soundtrack:
Hangin' ToughSee 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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