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Kazaam (1996)

A troubled kid inadvertently releases a genie, who must grant him any three wishes he requests.

Director:

(as Paul M. Glaser)

Writers:

(story) (as Paul M. Glaser), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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Nick
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Travis
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Mother Love ...
Mrs. Duke (as JoAnne Hart)
Brandon Durand ...
Vasquez
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Elito (as Wade J. Robson)
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Jake
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Carlos
Jonathan Carrasco ...
Z-Dog
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Vasquez's Sidekick
Todd Sible ...
Engineer Ed
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Storyline

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

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$18,876,581 (USA) (1 November 1996)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the fact that this film was a critical and financial disaster, Shaquille O'Neal has not expressed regret for his involvement. He said in a 2012 interview, "I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, 'Hey, here's $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.' What am I going to say, no? So I did it." See more »

Goofs

Even though the movie is based in Brooklyn, while Max is talking with his dad in the car, you see a bus with Red and Orange stripes roll by. Buses in New York have blue stripes. Red and Orange were the colors of the Metro buses in Los Angeles in the early to mid-1990s. See more »

Quotes

Kazaam: I am... Kazaam!
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Groovin
Performed by Pato Banton
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21 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shaquille O'Neal delivers an Oscar worthy performance in what might be the most powerful performance of the 90's. All around, it is brilliant. This is a gripping and amazing tale about a genie and his friendship with a lonely child. Acting is purely amazing and the story is beautifully played out like poetry in motion. Honestly, this film goes down as one of the all time greats. Top to bottom, this film is perfectly mastered. Every actor in this film comes through and nails the role perfectly. 11/10

Now, imagine the exact opposite of that. Got it? Okay, the truth is...the movie isn't even *that* good. Shaq, what were you thinking?


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