The Wizard (1989) Poster



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Frankenstein (1931)
Putnam is chased by someone dressed up as Frankenstein's monster.
King Kong (1933)
King Kong is seen on the studio ride.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The announcer refers to the contestants as "my little Munchkins."
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The sounds made by Lucas' Power Glove as he punches its keys are the famous five tones from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
Alien (1979)
The female announcer voice at before the final game at the tournament says a line from Alien.
The Legend of Zelda 2: Rinku no bôken (1987) (Video Game)
Referenced by Corey
Dorakyura II: Noroi no Fûin (1987) (Video Game)
Haley asks a tech support person about the game.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) (TV Series)
Ninja Ryû Ken-den (1988) (Video Game)
Mentioned by Fred Savage's character in the diner scene

Referenced in 

Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Power Glove (2006) (TV Episode)
At the beginning, The Nerd says "I love the power glove. It's so bad.", which is the same thing Lucas says in The Wizard. The Nerd also plays the game "Rad Racer" with the power glove, which is the same game Lucas plays using the power glove.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Nintendo Power Memories (2007) (TV Episode)
"Remember that shitty movie The Wizard?"
Retro Game Challenge (2007) (Video Game)
Arino mentions he saw a movie, and his description fits this movie
Nostalgia Critic: NC vs. AVGN Retrospect (2008) (TV Episode)
The Nerd is shown wearing the Power Glove and wearing the same outfit Lucas wore in one of the fan arts.
Nostalgia Critic: Double Dragon (2008) (TV Episode)
The Nostalgia Critic says this movie sucks.
Nostalgia Critic: A Tribute to Siskel and Ebert (2009) (TV Episode)
siskel & ebert review this movie
Mega64: The Wizard II (2010) (TV Episode)
Horatio mentions this as his favorite Fred Savage movie
Nostalgia Critic: Nostalgic Commercials (2010) (TV Episode)
He makes reference to Lucas
The Spoony Experiment: Lords of Magick (2011) (TV Episode)
Spoony has a movie poster on his wall
Atop the Fourth Wall: Batman and Spawn (2011) (TV Episode)
As Batman: "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."
Nostalgia Critic: Suburban Knights: Part VII (2011) (TV Episode)
Malachite: "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Nintendo World Championships (2011) (TV Episode)
mentions the game tournament
Suburban Knights (2011) (Video)
"I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."
Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (Video Game)
The character that gives Marty powers is named "The Wizard", looks like one of the kids from this film and wields a Power Glove.
Nostalgia Critic: Digimon the Movie (2012) (TV Episode)
Critic - "Isn't that the kid from the Wizard?"
OAF: Our Alien Friend (2013) (Short)
Driving montage
Roaming (2013)
"The Wizard" is referenced in several scenes as the two films have similar subject matter.
James & Mike Mondays: Taboo the Sixth Sense (2013) (TV Episode)
Mike says the word California in the same manner as Jimmy Woods from this movie.
Holliston: Farm Festival (2013) (TV Episode)
In referring to Adam as "Young Fred Savage", Joe tells Sid Haig not to forget to tell Adam how much he liked THE WIZARD.
Top 40 Shitty Shark Movies (2013) (Video)
A sticker of the power glove is shown with the tagline "It's so bad".
Shameful Sequels: Free Willy 4: Escape from Pirate's Cove (2013) (TV Episode)
Jeavons remarks that Beau Bridges looks younger in Free Willy 4 than he did in The Wizard
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Wish List: Part 1 (2013) (TV Episode)
"We never should've listened to Lucas about the Power Glove."
Brows Held High: Beauty and the Beast: Part 3 (2014) (TV Episode)
"I love the birthing wall. It's so bad."
The Goldbergs: A Goldberg Thanksgiving (2014) (TV Episode)
Adam and Uncle Marv talk about the movie.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure (2014) (TV Episode)
Nerd remembers the plug for Universal Studios in Florida
Shameful Sequels: Marmaduke (2015) (TV Episode)
Mike says "California" in the same way Luke Edwards did
Regular Show in Space: Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special (2015) (TV Episode)
The Power Glover is used on Mega-Goose's arm
Half in the Bag: Pixels (2015) (TV Episode)
Rich Evans says instead of Pixels he preferred a movie about young kids who are practising for a video game competition, to which Mike mentions The Wizard
Ashens: London Tat Extravaganza (AD) (2015) (TV Episode)
"Altogether now: I love the Power Glove it's so bad. Now we've got that out of the way."
Project X Zone 2 (2015) (Video Game)
Xiaomu: "I love your Power Gloves, they're so bad!"
Good Bad Flicks: Pixels Review (2015) (TV Episode)


Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963) (TV Series)
Seen on TV.
Metoroido (1986) (Video Game)
The New Hollywood Squares (1986) (TV Series)
Seen on TV.
Highway Star (1987) (Video Game)
The game that Lucas plays with the Power Glove
Double Dragon (1987) (Video Game)
Full Throttle (1987) (Video Game)
seen in an arcade
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) (Video Game)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) (Video Game)
Mega Man 2 (1988) (Video Game)
Gekikame Ninja Den (1989) (Video Game)
Sam Woods plays the Ninja Turtles game on the NES.

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: Family Business/Blaze/We're No Angels/The Wizard/The Rosegarden (1989) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the review. Two thumbs down.
Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1989 (1990) (TV Episode)
One of their picks.
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: The Best and Worst Gaming Peripherals (2007) (TV Episode)
Footage from the film is shown.
ScrewAttack's Top 10s: Top 10 Best Mario Games (2007) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Wizard and Super Mario Bros 3 (2008) (TV Episode)
The Nerd reviews this movie.
Nostalgia Critic: AVGN Wizard Rant (2008) (TV Episode)
Clips shown.
Nostalgia Critic: The Wizard (2008) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown
Nostalgia Critic: Nicktoons (2009) (TV Episode)
A clip of Lucas from the film is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Captain N: The Game Master (2009) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The Angry Video Game Nerd: Winter Games (2009) (TV Episode)
Nerd remarks how the dad from this movie was pretending he was playing an actual video game in one scene.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Best of the Worst in Movies - Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
Brett's #3 Worst Fad Movie
Nostalgia Critic: Free Willy (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip of Jimmy saying "California"
Nostalgia Critic: Little Monsters (2010) (TV Episode)
The climax is recalled, and both films star Fred Savage
Bad Movie Beatdown: BMB Spoony Experiment: Tekken (2011) (TV Episode)
Lucas: "I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."
Pop Fiction: Cheating a Cheetah (2012) (TV Episode)
A clip from the movie is shown
Nostalgia Critic: The Top 11 Best Nostalgia Critic Moments (2012) (TV Episode)
His review of the film is a runner-up
Shameful Sequels: Jeepers Creepers 2 (2012) (TV Episode)
Jimmy from ths movie grew up to be in JC 2.
Nostalgia Critic: The Cat in the Hat (2013) (TV Episode)
calls Cat in the Hat an even bigger sell-out than this movie
The Goldbergs: A Goldberg Thanksgiving (2014) (TV Episode)
Uncle Marv takes Adam to watch The Wizard at the movie theater.
Nintendo Quest (2015)
Clips are shown.
Honest Trailers: Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2016) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Atop the Fourth Wall: US-1 #6 (2016) (TV Episode)
clip shown


Rain Man (1988)

Spoofed in 

Regular Show in Space: Video Game Wizard (2012) (TV Episode)
The Glove that is the grand prize in this episode is a Version of the Power Glove that Lucas uses in this movie
The Reviewers (2013) (Short)
Pike starred in a fictional 1986 movie called The Geniuses, which features a young Nintendo whiz who "loves the Roll'n Rocker"

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