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

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Mrs. Duke (as JoAnne Hart)
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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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Trivia

Paul Michael Glaser's last movie as a director. 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: [while rapping] Let's green egg and ham it!
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Good Burger (2009) See more »

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Groovin
Performed by Pato Banton
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Shaq stars as a rapping genie.
18 July 2004 | by (Little Rock, AR) – See all my reviews

This is, by far, without a doubt, the best movie that has ever been produced on film. Shaq's awesomely realistic portrayal of a rapping genie is the best thing to be displayed on screen in decades, rivaling performances of Al Pacino, Kerry Grant, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, and all of the other great actors of our time. Now Shaquille O'Neal shall be added to that list. This uniquely told tale of a boy who finds a whimsical boom box wherein lies a magical genie is one hundred percent genius. This film came at a time when good writing and good casting was scarce in Hollywood; but this film renews hope in a new generation of audiences, and renews hope in a culture. >From the musical score to the costume design, this film is purely golden; the 'Citizen Kane' of a new generation.


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