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Kazaam (1996)

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

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(as Paul M. Glaser)

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

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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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He's A Rappin' Genie With An Attitude... And He's Ready For Slam-Dunk Fun! 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) (21 July 1996)

Gross:

$18,876,581 (USA) (3 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

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 »

Quotes

Kazaam: Grab my belly and make a wish.
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Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Kazaam (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Groovin
Written by Felix Cavaliere (uncredited) and Edward Brigati (uncredited)
Performed by Pato Banton
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12 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this has got to be the greatest film of all time. Shaq should have won an Oscar for his great acting. The musical score is the best i ever heard in modern cinema. I will be trying to find the DVD movie of this next weekend..i would gladly pay 99.00 bucks to own it on DVD. what i like even most about the film is the attention to detail..even the boombox..awesome..i want to own it. I only wish this movie was five hours long...or at least make at least five sequels..with shaq singing and rapping in all films..what an awesome movie. The wishes he makes in the film were the correct ones. It had a very emotional ending. I think about this movie every day. I believe half the audience in the theatre cried with emotion also. I have been meaning to comment on this film a long time ago..but was filled with too much emotion even to this day to come to grips in writing a review for such a gripping wonderful masterpiece in American cinema.


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