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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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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 Michael Sundin ... Tik-Tok
Tim Rose ... Tik-Tok
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 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 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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An all-new adventure down the yellow brick road. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oz See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,137,801, 31 December 1985
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (cut)

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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Trivia

Directorial debut of known editor Walter Murch. As of 2015, it remains as the only film he ever directed. See more »

Goofs

The melting point of silver is 961.78°C, or 1763.2°F. Its boiling point is 2162°C, or 3924°F. Therefore, Dorothy would not have been able to drink "hot liquid silver", or even hold the cup for that matter. See more »

Quotes

Mombi III: [tilting Dorothy's chin upwards to examine her face] You will be rather attractive... one day. Not at all beautiful, you understand, but you have a certain... prettiness. Different from my other heads. I believe I'll lock you in the tower for a few years until your head is ready, and then I'll take it.
Dorothy: [jerks her head out of Mombi's grasp] I believe you will NOT!
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User Reviews

 
Dark, disturbing, captivating... where did the first movie go so wrong?
19 February 2001 | by stufffSee all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie I was about 6 or 7. It really scared me, I remember having nightmares of Mombie for weeks... I also remember rewatching it week after week. Now 10 years later I've rediscovered it and it's still chilling. Not because it was meant to be a horror, but because the imagery and plot is so vivid and captivating I can't help but feel like I'm really drawn into another world. Very few movies have done that for me... this is right up there with movies like Willow, Labrynth, and The Neverending Story. If you like musicals, bright colors and munchkin's dancing around, then stay away from this one, but if you want to go on a journey of pure imagination that will leave you breathless on the edge of your seat, rediscover Oz for yourself!


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