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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  8 March 2013 (USA)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In Oz, nothing is what it seems See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brick  »

Box Office


$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$234,903,076 (USA) (12 July 2013)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producer Joe Roth was intrigued by the prospect of exploring the origins of the Wizard of Oz character: "During the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios, I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You've got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices, but a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing." Screenwriter Mitchell Kapner felt the same way about the character. See more »


When Oz is talking to Glinda about leaving and packing his bag, he puts the deck of cards into his bag and the table is mostly empty. Next shot the cards are laying on the table again. Finally, he picks the deck up for a second time and places them in the bag. See more »


[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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Oz's Magic Show Piano
Written by David Reinstein
Performed by David Reinstein
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User Reviews

Not quite over the rainbow
7 March 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Oz the Great and Powerful .. or maybe not so great, but still highly watchable.

Franco plays the little man behind the curtain, while Kunis, normally a favourite of mine, appears to be stuck in that tornado. Neither manage to defy gravity but the rest of the cast were pleasant, especially Weisz - even with her Emperor-like green force lightning.

It would have been a more visually stunning Oz had the effects been simplified. Conversely, the story lacked depth and with some rather clumsy dialogue (especially for Kunis), it was all perhaps a little too light and "Disney".

Doesn't quite get the ruby slipper, but maybe 3 out of 5 wands.

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