Kazaam (1996)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  17 July 1996 (USA)
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Being a lone young boy in the 'hood" is dangerous and unpleasant. This is what Max experiences when he fools a gang of local toughs who cornered him at school. The gang finds out that the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mother Love ...
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Being a lone young boy in the 'hood" is dangerous and unpleasant. This is what Max experiences when he fools a gang of local toughs who cornered him at school. The gang finds out that the key he gave them is of no value in committing a robbery, and they chase him through the streets of his neighborhood, bent on revenge. He tries to escape by slipping into the open door of an old warehouse, but they follow him there, too. While running from them through aisles filled with all kinds of stuff, he bumps into an old boom box. By doing that, he manages to release Kazaam, a genie who has been held captive for thousands of years. In order to stay free, Kazaam must give Max three wishes. Written by Anonymous

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The world's most powerful genie has just met his match. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kazaam - Der Geist aus der Flasche  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,131,000 (USA) (19 July 1996)


$18,876,581 (USA) (1 November 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shaquille O'Neal is well known for his basketball career. See more »


When Kazaam is singing the song "We genie" with Max, if you look closely, when he raps the part, "...and we was in Hades 'cause we moved with the Harem of the Prince of Akabrem..." His mouth is still moving for that split second after he finishes the line, but before they show Max's Face. See more »


Kazaam: Don't get all hysterical! Say thank you for your miracle!
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Performed by Pato Banton
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Am I the only one who thought this was actually a good movie?
9 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, I will not sit here and say that the movie was perfect.However, I feel like everybody did great in their roles for their character portrayals. Personally, giving the overall movie a rating of 2.6 is a little harsh,don't ya think?It wasn't that bad,but then again I enjoy ALL movies and I only know of a few that was a waste of film!It all depends on the viewer and their perspective of things.Im an artist so naturally Im a little more open minded than some,but honestly,what did you TRULY expect from this movie?What would YOU have done differently?This is a general question.For me,once you can answer that, then you'll see how ridiculous panning this movie is.lol ^_^

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