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Return to Oz (1985)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Director:

Walter Murch

Writers:

Walter Murch (screenplay), Gill Dennis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fairuza Balk ... Dorothy
Nicol Williamson ... Dr. Worley / Nome King
Jean Marsh ... Nurse Wilson / Mombi
Piper Laurie ... Aunt Em
Matt Clark ... Uncle Henry
Michael Sundin ... Tik-Tok
Tim Rose ... Tik-Tok
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Tik-Tok (voice)
Mak Wilson ... Billina
Denise Bryer Denise Bryer ... Billina (voice)
Brian Henson ... Jack Pumpkinhead (voice)
Stewart Harvey-Wilson Stewart Harvey-Wilson ... Jack Pumpkinhead (as Stewart Larange)
Lyle Conway ... Gump (voice)
Stephen Norrington ... Gump (as Steve Norrington)
Justin Case ... Scarecrow
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Storyline

Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz and is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure. Written by Nichola McDougall

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Return to the land where the adventure began. See more »


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Trivia

Walter Murch had scouted a number of filming locations to double as Oz in the film. Last-minute budget cuts forced the production to shoot almost entirely on soundstages and backlots. See more »

Goofs

When Tik-Tok lands on the Nome King's mountain, the amount of him sticking out of the sand changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aunt Em: Can't you sleep?
[Dorothy shakes her head]
Aunt Em: It's past 1:00 in the morning, Dorothy.
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Alternate Versions

A bootleg of a longer "Work-In-Progress" version has circulated among fans. The difference between this and the released theatrical cut as follows: -There is no musical score, except during the climactic scene in the Ornament Room. -Aunt Em's role is slightly longer and more sympathetic. When telling Dorothy it's past one in the morning, she gently pretends to "paint Dorothy's face." Later she comments that Uncle Henry's leg is really mended but his spirit is broken. -Uncle Henry and the newspaper clipping of Dr. Worley do not appear at the beginning. Instead we see an alternate scene with a different clipping about Dorothy surviving the tornado. -When Dorothy and Aunt Em arrive at the clinic, they are greeted by Nurse Wilson and Dr. Worley, who mistakenly calls her "Dottie." -Ozma's voice is different, revealing she was dubbed in the finished film. -Ozma and Dorothy run through the house a bit more before being seen by Nurse Wilson. -When Dorothy and Billina first come to Oz, several times a blue screen and sound stage can be seen in the background, as visual effects had not yet been completed. Also Billina, Tik Tok, and The Gump all have different voices, but Jack Pumpkinhead's remains the same. -There are NO visual effects for the scene when the Nome Messenger first alerts the Nome King of Dorothy's return; it is simply a shot of Pons Maar making faces as he reads the line, and Nicol William's offscreen (and unaltered) voice responding. Strangely enough, for the second scene, when the Nome Messenger says she's on her way to the Emerald City, the claymation HAS been finished, but Williamson's voice is still unaltered. -Ozma's ghostly figure in Mombi's house does not appear, so when Mombi says: "There's no one left who even remembers who you are" she is talking to no one. -The scene of our heroes landing on the Nome King's mountain is extended. Jack, unaware that his head's on upside down, continues to comment about how the sky is beneath the land. As Dorothy goes to fix him, Billina remembers how the Nome King seems to hate chickens, and Dorothy wonders what to do with her. This explains why it is that Billina is hiding inside Jack's head in the next scene. -The following scene of the Nome Messenger and the Nome King again features no claymation of any kind, and Williamson's voice is unaltered, which continues in the next scene when the claymation face appears on the outside of the mountain. -When the Wheelers return to Mombi's palace, there is a longer scene of her realizing that Dorothy has gone to the Nome King's mountain, and then of her beating the Wheelers and leading them to her underground tunnel, which we later see her traveling in. -The scene of Dorothy eating the rock cakes is extended, and she pretends to offer some to Jack, but is really feeding Billina inside his head. -When Tik Tok is restored, he greets the Scarecrow "Your Majesty" before telling Dorothy his thinking must have run down. -The most notable extended scene is the celebration in the Emerald City. The victory march is extended and more characters can be seen. Just as Dorothy is about to re-crown the Scarecrow, he comments that being king is too difficult for him, and instead the characters rally Dorothy to be their queen (the Tin Man actually speaks during this scene). Dorothy explains she could never leave her family in Kansas, and comments that Toto always believed her story. Ozma then appears (music plays over this scene which is different from the finished film, and the mirror effect is not completed). -After being reunited with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, the Constable (played by Bruce Boaw) on horse buggy rides by and is happy that Dorothy's been found, but asks about "the other one" (presumably Ozma). Uncle Henry and Aunt Em comment she hasn't been found and so the search will continue upriver. As the buggy drives off is when Dorothy sees Nurse Wilson incarcerated in the back. -There are no credits, so the final shot of Dorothy playing with Toto on the farm goes on for about a minute. See more »

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Nothing like a new classic!
25 January 2006 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

Though this movie never picked up where Dorothy(Fairuza Balk) left off, this movie seemingly tries to be the update version of the original. Far scarier than the original movie in 1939, the new characters in Oz like Tik-Tok, Jack Pumkinhead, Mombi(Jean Marsh), and the Wheelers. They didn't show the Munchkins, and Dorothy's original friends The Tin Woodsman, and The Cowardly Lion have turned to stone. And to me, The Wheelers replaced the Flying Monkeys which makes this movie a classic of its own. The funny parts in the movie is when Tik-Tok took out the Wheelers, and Jack Pumkinhead's head lands upside down, and he asks, "Why are you standing on your heads?" And that character Mombi, she has more heads than Albert Eistein. That's what makes her a dangerous character. I enjoyed every bit of this movie, it was different, original, and definitely not a sequel to the first. Otherwise, it would be a no-brainer. Hard to rent, easy to buy, it's a neo-classic for all ages. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oz See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,844,895, 23 June 1985

Gross USA:

$11,137,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,137,801
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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