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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.

Director:

Todd Holland

Writer:

David Chisholm
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Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a game...it's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Brazil

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidéokid See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,278,900
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie has developed a cult following, with movie-themed retro gaming tournaments hosted across the country. Luke Edwards, Fred Savage, and Jenny Lewis have made appearances at these events. See more »

Goofs

The glass of chocolate milk in the beginning at breakfast. See more »

Quotes

Sam: [shouting out to Putnam, who is escaping after bumping into his truck] CHICKEN SHIT!
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Alternate Versions

When shown on Nickelodeon, all profane language is cut, along with the "he touched my breast" line (and, of course, all subsequent references to that line.) See more »

Connections

Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Captain N: The Game Master (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I Live By The Groove
Written by Paul Carrack and Eddie Schwarz
Performed by Paul Carrack
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A Commercial Classic
25 February 2005 | by TrippDigitalSee all my reviews

A touching drama about a young boy's quest to help his autistic younger brother and a troubled young girl they meet along the way running from her own demons.....

Okay, so it's mostly just a 90 minute commercial for Super Mario Brothers 3, but it's also a great road movie with plenty of classic 80's quotable material ("I love the Power Glove. It's so bad."). It has a good soundtrack as well.

I think if a person sees the film for the first time nowadays they might not enjoy it as much as those who saw the film growing up and enjoy that oh so good feeling of nostalgia.


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