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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 »
NewsDesk:
(56 articles)
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LOVED this as a kid See more (100 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:
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:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 stepsSee more »
Quotes:
Bateman:Jimmy just picks up his little lunch pail. What is in that thing? And off he goes. He can go anywhere: downtown, the canyons, the river...
Christine Bateman:He doesn't go to the river! He never even goes near the river!
Bateman:Okay, he stays away from the river. But I'm telling you anytime, I mean he could just pick up and go, The Happy Wanderer at the stroke of midnight, if he feels the urge, in the middle of his Frosted Flakes. "I've got the neighborhood on red alert and I'm putting the cops on overtime!"
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Soundtrack:
Hangin' ToughSee more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
LOVED this as a kid, 22 April 2003
Author: wwjd1983ad from Green Bay, WI

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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