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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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Writer (WGA):
David Chisholm (written by)
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Release Date:
15 December 1989 (USA) See more »
They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a's the chance of a lifetime. See more »
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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What can I say? This was My Childhood See more (101 total) »


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Directed by
Todd Holland 
Writing credits
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
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.)

Additional Details

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96 min | USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Did You Know?

The dinosaurs in the film are an actual tourist attraction, located at the Wheel Inn Restaurant in Cabazon, CA (near Palm Springs). They also appear in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) and in the music video for the Night Ranger song Sing Me Away.See more »
Miscellaneous: While playing Adventures of Link while at the mechanic, Nick gets his father, Sam, to stop playing the game by unplugging his controller. This turns the machine off, which doesn't happen in reality. The machine will normally remain on even without a controller plugged in.See more »
Lucas:I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.See more »
Movie Connections:
Hangin' ToughSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
What can I say? This was My Childhood, 12 January 2009
Author: TheOliveBranch from United States

Well, not really. My life story doesn't resemble that of the characters in any way except for our collective love of video games. That said:

I watched this movie so many damn times as a kid it'll make your head spin. What can I say about this movie that you don't already know yourself? Fred Savage. Beau Bridges. Christian Slater. The chick from Rilo Kiley. Spanky.

And then Jimmy brings it all home.

First of all, I want to say that whatever pills the video game contest host was on, I want me some of that. Two, they should bring back the Powerglove. And three, road trip movies will never, ever die.

From Double Dragon to Ninja Gaiden or the nostalgic dinosaur park in the middle of no where, this movie will always remain a classic for me.

"Gimme, gimme, gimme...Jimmy...Woods!!!"

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