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A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches.

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Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Written by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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witch | magician | circus | magic | illusion | See more »

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In Oz, nothing is what it seems See more »


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Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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8 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$79,110,453 (USA) (8 March 2013)

Gross:

$234,903,076 (USA) (12 July 2013)
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Sam Raimi:  [Object POV]  During the tornado sequence in the hot air balloon, Raimi follows the point-of-view of one of the posts from the picket fence. See more »

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When Oscar takes off, the hot air balloon would not have traveled far as the burner was off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Front Gate Barker: Hurry, hurry, step this way. Get your tickets now. Don't be shut out, friend. Step this way. See the most wondrous sights imaginable. pulled from the four corners of the Earth. Acts to delight, to thrill and to mystify! Walk through these gates and into the world of wonder.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a 1930s nickelodeon, with certain credits having their own qualities:
  • James Franco's credit appears in a puff of smoke


  • Mila Kunis' credit appears alongside a couple dancing (whose shadow turns into that of the Wicked Witch)


  • Rachel Weisz's credit is held by monkeys


  • Michelle Williams' credit is contained within a bubble


  • Zach Braff's credit appears with a puppet of Finley


  • the make-up credits Greg Nicotero and Howard Bergman are seen with an eye mask


  • VFX supervisor Scott Stokdyk's credit is seen within an optical illusion


  • composer Danny Elfman's credit is seen with a trumpet


  • the costume designers' credits are seen fitting clothes on an elephant


  • production designer Robert Stromberg's credit is seen in China Town


  • cinematographer Peter Deming's credit is seen with the projector


  • the screenwriters' credit is seen within a tornado


  • and director Sam Raimi's credit is seen within a crystal ball.


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Almost Home
Performed by Mariah Carey
Written by Simone Porter, Justin Gray, Lindsey Ray, T.E. Hermansen (as Tor Erik Hermansen), Mikkel S. Eriksen (as Mikkel Eriksen) and Mariah Carey
Produced by Mariah Carey, T.E. Hermansen (as Stargate) and Mikkel S. Eriksen (as Stargate) for 45th & 3rd Music LLC
Mariah Carey appears Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group/Universal Music Group
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Oz the Fake and Awful!
31 March 2013 | by (Sri Lanka) – See all my reviews

I'm curious as to how the screenwriters constructed the plot to this prequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939). It's as if the writers took the story of the predecessor, hurled it into a tornado and then built this story with collected debris. The story is humdrum and lacks a sense of wonder and mystery. Weisz and Williams are thankworthy in their performances, Kunis is under par most of the time, but it is the wizard himself, James Franco who is simply baffling in his mediocrity. His portrayal of Oz is cringe inducing and a prime example of 'phoning it in!' His incessant grinning and dreadful delivery is unforgivable especially from a leading actor. Considering the massive budget the filmmakers had to work with, the cinematography is run-of-the-mill and the special effects are artificial. It's obvious that this entire film was created behind a green screen but bringing attention to this is amateurish. Director Sam Raimi's unconventional style has been his forte in the past but his decision to helm this irksome script and miscast Franco as the title character proves that he has become a conventional director-for-hire. The back story about the mysterious man behind the curtain had so much potential but the curtain ripped considerably. Oz the Fake and Awful is more likely!


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