Dorothy, a twenty-four-year-old kindergarten teacher, born; raised; and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn't seem to be thankful for much in life. She lives a self-imposed sheltered life; she is shy and unfulfilled. Things change for her when she is caught in a snowstorm while chasing after her dog, Toto. They are transported to the mysterious Land of Oz, where she is informed that the only possible way to find her way back home is through the assistance of the powerful wizard in Emerald City. As she goes searching for him, she befriends some creatures who are facing problems in life just as she is. In their quest to find and get help from the wizard, they also face Evillene, the equally evil sister of Evermean, the wicked witch, whom Dorothy inadvertently killed when she arrived in Oz, and who may be their biggest obstacle in achieving their goals.Written by
Original Director John Badham was fired when he objected to 33-year-old Diana Ross being cast as 14-year-old Dorothy. The character was changed to a 24-year-old kindergarten teacher. See more »
In the scene just after the Cowardly Lion joins the group, all
four of them do a dance that begins with them walking over some taxis, and one of them clearly bounces somewhat, revealing that they're inflatables. See more »
Success, fame, and fortune, they're all illusions. All there is that is real is the friendship that two can share.
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I have read some of the reviews and I don't see how anyone could praise this movie. To me this was just a vanity piece for Diana Ross. The stage version of the Wiz, was pretty much a straight remake of the original only with a black cast. In this version however, the film was pretty much changed around to fit Diana and her whims. To me, Diana Ross peaked with her first film, "Lady Sings the Blues". This film was a mess and a very schmaltzy for my taste.
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