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The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

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Mike Jittlov

Writers:

Mike Jittlov, Richard Kaye (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Jittlov Mike Jittlov ... Mike Jittlov / The Wizard / Torch Carrier (Wizard Film)
Richard Kaye Richard Kaye ... Harvey Bookman
Paige Moore Paige Moore ... Cindy Lite / Dancer / Pretty Hitchhiker (Wizard Film)
Deven Chierighino Deven Chierighino ... Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
Steve Brodie ... Lucky Straeker
John Massari ... Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)
Gary Schwartz ... Canadian Thug
Frank LaLoggia Frank LaLoggia ... American Thug
Philip Michael Thomas ... Policeman Mickey Polanko
Lynda Aldon Lynda Aldon ... Policewoman Minnie Smith
Baron Baron ... Policedog Pluto
Arnetia Walker ... Tina Dreem / Running Girl
Ben Kronen Ben Kronen ... C.C. de Schwartz
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Dora Belair
Will Ryan ... All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)
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Storyline

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends. Written by Magnus Y Alvestad <magnus@johanna2.hsr.no>

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Details

Official Sites:

Mike Jittlov's domain

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarnoksieznik predkosci i czasu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,535,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Features the LandMaster from Damnation Alley (1977) as a background prop. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1977 but you can see an 83 spray painted on the back of the Hollywood sign. Students graduating high school in 83 would have been 12 years old in 1977 and thinking far ahead to paint their graduation year on the sign. See more »

Quotes

[Mike tries to join the Camera Union:]
Camera Union Clerk: No sir, the studio hires the next man on the roster.
Mike: Well, how do I get on the roster?
Camera Union Clerk: You have to be in the union.
Mike: Well, how do I get *in* the union?
Camera Union Clerk: When you're on the roster.
Mike: You mean I can't join unless I'm already a member?
Camera Union Clerk: That's correct. Then you need thirty consecutive days camera operation, a complete physical exam, the producer sends a letter, and *you* pay your fees.
Mike: Well, fine, I've done ten years of camera work!
Camera Union Clerk: Then you've worked in violation ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The cast scroll begins: Mike Jittlov--The Wizard The Wizard--Himself See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) See more »

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Happy Wizard
by Steve Mann
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the ultimate trip
26 September 2000 | by Mbira314See all my reviews

I finally managed to track this down at a cult-film video store, and it was worth all the effort. Do whatever you have to do to see this one! It vaguely reminded me of the low-budget inventiveness of Weird Al's "UHF," only multiplied 1000 times, and the "let's make a movie while the executives are out to lunch" zaniness of "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure."

There's a lot more to this movie (or movie-within-a-movie, or is it a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-movie?) than might appear. Subliminal messages, Hollywood major-studio politics, art vs. commerce, a startling new use for a chrome bust of Mickey Mouse, fantasy vs. reality, the horrors of dealing with unionized labor, some plugs for the Church of the Sub-genius, lots of deftly-employed stock footage, and the most terrifying "pizza with everything" you'll ever see. And there's even an intentionally-horrible musical number about the creation of the universe, which is thankfully interrupted by a ridiculous Presidential announcement.

You'll also get a fascinating look at the art of low-budget special effects production. Some of the visual treats Jittlov comes up with are astonishing, even in the post-CGI era, and particularly since he shows you how a lot of it is done.

There are some profound insights and a lot of laughs. I nearly fell on the floor laughing during the scene with the police helicopters, and why is one of the thugs Canadian? (why not?) How in the world did Jittlov film the suitcase/car chase at the end? Look for Philip Michael Thomas in a rare post-Miami Vice role. And make sure you stick around for all of the credits!

Mike Jittlov may not think of himself as a "real" actor, but he's got a lot of charm and he comes off as a genuinely likeable guy. And it was nice of him to cast his friends and family as themselves.

It might be too weird for some viewers, but if you're game, "The Wizard of Speed and Time" will put a smile on your face like few other films.


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