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The Wizard (1989)

A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jimmy Woods / The Wizard
Vince Trankina ... Tate (as Vincent Leahr)
... Christine Bateman
Dea McAllister ... Counselor
... Bateman
... Sam Woods
... Corey Woods
... Nick Woods
Will Seltzer ... Putnam
Roy Conrad ... Bus Clerk
... Haley
Roderick Dexter ... Trucker #1 / Wrecking Yard Man
Ray Bickel ... Trucker #2
Chuck Skinner ... Grease Monkey
W.K. Cowan ... Salesman #1


Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away. Written by Anonymous

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It's more than a game... It's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


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Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vidéokid  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred Savage plays a boy named Corey who is the middle child in his family. Four years later his younger brother Ben Savage played a boy named Cory on Boy Meets World (1993) who was also the middle child in his family. See more »


When Corey is throwing darts at the map, in one scene there are two yellow darts on Wyoming and Arizona, but in the next scene they are gone, and there is a blue dart on Utah. See more »


Lucas: I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.
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Features The New Hollywood Squares (1986) See more »


My Way
Written by Claude François and Jacques Revaux with English lyrics by Paul Anka
Performed by Paul Anka
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You got 50,000 on Double Dragon?!?
8 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

If you were born between the years 1974 and 1984 and were as obsessed as most of us were about Nintendo games, you will enjoy this movie. Yes, the plot is predictable and cheesy and the writing leaves a lot to be desired, but I guarantee if you fall into the above group, you will enjoy regressing back to 1989 where having "all 97 games," and "the power glove (it's so bad...)" were major status symbols. If you don't fall into this group, or couldn't really care less about old video games, then you should probably pass on this film. But for the rest of us, (I used to watch the commercial for this film just to get a glimpse at Super Mario Bros. 3) watch it and enjoy it time after time.

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