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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
17 July 1996 (USA) See more »
The world's most powerful genie has just met his match. See more »
Being a lone young boy in the 'hood" is dangerous and unpleasant. This is what Max experiences when... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Shaquille O'Neal ... Kazaam

Francis Capra ... Maxwell 'Max' Connor

Ally Walker ... Alice Connor

James Acheson ... Nick

John Costelloe ... Travis

Marshall Manesh ... Malik

Fawn Reed ... Asia Moon
Mother Love ... Mrs. Duke (as JoAnne Hart)
Brandon Durand ... Vasquez

Wade Robson ... Elito (as Wade J. Robson)

Jake Glaser ... Jake

Efren Ramirez ... Carlos
Jonathan Carrasco ... Z-Dog

Jesse Perez ... Vasquez's Sidekick
Todd Sible ... Engineer Ed
Juan Gabriel Reynoso ... Hassem (as Juan 'Rambo' Reynoso)

Said Faraj ... El-Baz (as Anthony Ferar)

Randall Bosley ... Foad

Steven Barr ... Sam (as Steve Barr)
Spinderella ... Spinderella (as Deidra 'Spin' Roper)
Kashi Barrett ... KEl
Eboni Parson ... KEl
Iris Burruss ... KEl

Da Brat ... Da Brat (as Shawntae Harris)
Nicole Jackson ... Da Brat's Assistant
Altameza Reeves ... The Kazettes
Sandra Chriss ... The Kazettes

Shana Mangatal ... The Kazettes (as Shana Renee)
Davidson King ... Rasta Singer

Deborah Rennard ... Malik's Dinner Mate
Kelly Duncan-Joiner ... Cindi (as Kelly Duncan)

Bob Clendenin ... Stage Manager
Eugene McCarthy ... Kitchen Worker #1
Jeffrey Paul Johnson ... Kitchen Worker #2
Brad Wilson ... Club Curmudgeon
Miguel Escobar ... Additional Gang Kid
Hector Jimenez ... Additional Gang Kid
Michael Wajacs ... Truck Driver
Rory Leidelmeyer ... Bouncer
Charles Edward Bennett ... Roadie (as Charles E. Bennett)
Larry Clardy ... Fireman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Baltes ... Waiter (uncredited)

Hernando Bansuelo ... Student (uncredited)
Maurizio Dotto ... School Guard (uncredited)
Jay Hopkins ... Dancer (uncredited)

Emmett James ... Music Manager (uncredited)
Lucinda Lewis ... (uncredited)

Guy Marcot ... Spanky (uncredited)

Brandon Trost ... Student (uncredited)

Jason Trost ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Michael Glaser  (as Paul M. Glaser)
Writing credits
Paul Michael Glaser (story) (as Paul M. Glaser)

Christian Ford (screenplay) &
Roger Soffer (screenplay)

Produced by
Leonard Armato .... executive producer
Bruce Binkow .... co-executive producer
Robert W. Cort .... executive producer
Robert Engelman .... producer (as Bob Engelman)
Ted Field .... executive producer
Paul Michael Glaser .... producer (as Paul M. Glaser)
Michael A. Helfant .... co-executive producer
Beth Maloney Jelin .... co-executive producer
Scott Kroopf .... producer
Shaquille O'Neal .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Tyng 
Cinematography by
Charles Minsky 
Film Editing by
Tom McMurtry 
Michael E. Polakow 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
Donald Graham Burt 
Art Direction by
Mick Strawn 
Set Decoration by
Kate J. Sullivan 
Costume Design by
Hope Hanafin 
Production Management
Graham Stumpf .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director
Thomas Schellenberg .... second assistant director
Meta Valentic .... dga trainee (as Meta A. Puttkammer)
Art Department
Larry Bellantoni .... construction foreman
Martin Charles .... graphic designer
Kerry Colonna .... additional art director
Bruce Di Valerio .... construction coordinator
Nathan Haas .... set dresser
Archie Hankins .... carpenter
W.D. Hogan .... storyboard artist (as David Hogan)
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... assistant property master
Lauren Lustig .... props
Eugene McCarthy .... property master
Ralph Mock .... lead painter
Cynthia C. Rebman .... property assistant
Pamela M. Rogers .... set dresser
Michele Tedlis Sorbo .... art department coordinator (as Michele Tedlis)
Michael Whetstone .... lead man
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... re-recording mixer
Lance Brown .... sound designer
Tom Fox .... utility sound
Rick Hart .... re-recording mixer
Jeff Hook .... adr recordist
Victor Iorillo .... sound designer
Robert Janiger .... sound mixer
Lee Lemont .... adr editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Piero Mura .... sound editor
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
George W. Scott .... boom operator
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
David Wolowic .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Chris Bailey .... special effects technician
Tom Chesney .... special effects foreman
James Hurley .... special effects technician
Al Marangoni .... special effects crew
Jeff Miller .... special effects technician
Chris Nelson .... special effects technician
Chris Perry .... technical director: preproduction R&D
Frederic Soumagnas .... technical director
Brandon Trost .... special effects assistant
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Brian Daniel Young .... effects technical director
Visual Effects by
Olivier Barbeau .... technical director
Jacquie Barnbrook .... visual effects coordinator
Alan Barnett .... digital effects supervisor: Sight Effects
Tony Barraza .... editorial production assistant: Rhythm & Hues
Mike Bellamy .... lead colorist
Barbara A. Bordo .... digital paint & roto artist
Jeffrey Castel De Oro .... scanning and recording operator
Yeen-Shi Chen .... cg modeller: Rhythm & Hues
Melissa Davies .... digital effects supervisor: Sight Effects
Daniel Fazel .... filming technician
Julia Frey .... visual effects producer
Brian Gardner .... technical director
Charles Gibson .... visual effects supervisor
John Goodman .... digital artist
Mark Hamilton .... digital artist
Greg Hanigan .... digital imaging supervisor
Rudy Hassen .... digital effects supervisor: Sight Effects
Ian Hulbert .... digital artist: Rhythm & Hues
Evan Jacobs .... effects producer: Vision Crew Unlimited
Alessandro Jacomini .... lighter: Rhythm & Hues
Jongo .... lighting technical director
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Don Lee .... digital compositor
John Lockwood .... digital artist: Rhythm & Hues
Robert Lurye .... technical director
Jim May .... visual effects editor
Chad Merriam .... visual effects coordinator
Chris Olivia .... technical director
Scott Peterson .... technical director
Liz Ralston .... visual effects producer
Jay Redd .... CG supervisor
Theresa Ellis Rygiel .... digital effects supervisor (as Theresa Ellis)
Douglas Sayre .... technical director
Jerome Solomon .... CG supervisor
Suponwich Juck Somsaman .... digital artist
Bill Westenhofer .... CGI supervisor
Julius Yang .... computer graphics animator
Steve Ziolkowski .... digital artist
Robert Zival .... technical director
Jeff Heusser .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Barb Meier .... visual effects animator (uncredited)
Billy Blanks .... stunts
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
Danny Epper .... stunts
James Lew .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts (as Hugh A. O'Brien)
Jason Trost .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Bauer .... best boy grip
Michael Condro .... first assistant camera
Maurizio Dotto .... assistant camera
Paul A. Edwards .... camera operator
John V. Fante .... director of photography: second unit
Jay M. Huntoon .... video assist operator: second unit
Doug Hyun .... still photographer
Richard Jones .... rigging grip
David Katz .... video assist operator
Josh Levy .... second video assist operator
Roger Meilink .... rigging best boy electric
Eric Parker .... lighting technician
Stephen St. John .... steadicam operator
Pattie Stone .... light board operator (1996)
Michael Tolochko .... best boy electric
Rico Torres .... still photographer
Wayne Baker .... vista vision technician (uncredited)
Vojislav Mikulic .... gaffer (uncredited)
Brian Rosso .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Nancy Kato .... animator
Casting Department
Christopher Gray .... extras casting (as Chris Gray)
Cheryl Kloner .... casting assistant
Anna Liza Recto .... casting assistant: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie McCown .... assistant costume designer
Valerie Zielonka .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mary Blee .... assistant film editor
Carol Folgate .... assistant editor
Location Management
Gerrit V. Folsom .... location manager
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Lisa Brown .... production music coordinator
Christine Cholvin .... music editor
Bonnie Greenberg .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Daryl B. Kell .... supervising music editor
Larry Kenton .... additional orchestrator
Michelle Perone .... music coordinator
Frankie Pine .... music licensing manager
Scott Schirle .... scoring assistant
Tim Simonec .... conductor
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Dawn Soler .... executive in charge of music: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (as Dawn Solér)
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
Steve Zuckerman .... additional orchestrator
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Richard Ziegler .... music editor: playback (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William M. DeLuca .... driver
Chris Haynes .... driver
Other crew
Kimberly Adams .... assistant effects editor (as Kim Jorgensen)
Brian A. Deitch .... production assistant
Dawn Gilliam .... script supervisor
Beverly Jusi .... first assistant accountant (as Beverly Meade)
Doug Moreno .... production accountant
Marie Nashold .... medic
Lori H. Schwartz .... assistant to director
Brad Wilson .... craft service
Malcolm Ritchie .... special thanks

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Rated PG for action violence and language
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Philippines:G | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:12 (video premiere) | USA:PG (certificate #34636)

Did You Know?

In the movie Max didn't know much about his dad. In real life, Francis Capra also didn't know much about his own dad.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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:Is that a wish?See more »
Movie Connections:
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61 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
I feel enlightened after watching this movie (in the good way, not the naked after a party way)., 5 September 2006
Author: DrMongol from United States

I remember watching this film as a semi-retarded adolescent and not enjoying it due to the vague underlying themes that flew over my head at such a young age. However, last week, passing this movie in the Blockbuster Mega-Discount bin, I decided to re-watch it and see if my opinion has changed.

(I tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, without losing some of the movie's flair. I feel I have succeeded) I must say, spending that 2.50$ plus tax was the greatest decision of my pitiful and shameful life. In the 5 days I have had the VHS, I have watched this film at least 15 times, I unfortunately lost track after blacking out naked on my carpet on the 2nd day. This movie goes down in history as one of the 5 greatest drama sequels of all time, and If I had to put a rating on it's comedy factor, I would give it 4 thumbs way up. I found myself laughing throughout the entire film, calling my friends and family to repeat jokes I had heard. The casting in this film is absolutely excellent, with Shaq leading the performance like a Frenchman in a yogurt factory. The story revolves around a genie named Shaq, and a small Italian boy named Max. Upon finding a magic stereo player, Max discovers a small black genie living inside, and offers to give him a place to sleep and eat for a week. Ironically, this is where the theme of pedophilia comes into play, with multiple scenes of Max and Shaq showering together and close up shots of them smiling. I hate to repeat myself, but as a child, I understood nothing about this subject. However, as a fleshy man, I see it in a new and blinding light.

There are several moments throughout the play where the development of the characters and storyline drag, but the rest of the film certainly make up for it. The end is griping, and keeps me on the edge of my seat every time I watch it. At the same time, I cry when the credits roll and long to see Shaq's black face one more time (of course, I will rewind the movie at this point and watch it over again).

On a final note, this movie is almost perfect in every aspect. This is the epitome of what a Hollywood blockbuster should be. The casting is amazing, the special effects are mind-blowingly realistic and stunning, the fully orchestrated soundtrack fits the mood perfectly and amplifies the experience. If I were to put a grade on this, I would have to give it a 9/10, losing a point because of the slight nudity (i'm not the biggest fan, but I won't say no!). But, this is not a movie to be rated, it is a movie to be bought, watched, and enjoyed. Do yourself a big favor and buy this movie, your taste buds will thank you.

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