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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

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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

Beau Bridges and Christian Slater both admitted they had little to no interest in video games when they were cast. They played games during filming, and became fans. See more »

Goofs

In the first encounter between Putnam and Sam, Sam pulls out a shovel and repeatedly hits Putnam's car as he tries to leave. If you watch closely, Sam destroys the front left headlight twice. After smashing it the first time, a few seconds later it shows him hit it again as if it had not been hit yet. See more »

Quotes

Haley: Hi, I'm Haley. If you don't tell me what you're doing, I'm going to scream.
Corey: Could you scream quietly?
Haley: What do you think I'm stupid?
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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: AVGN Wizard Rant (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Live By The Groove
Written by Paul Carrack and Eddie Schwarz
Performed by Paul Carrack
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LOVED this as a kid
22 April 2003 | by wwjd1983adSee all my reviews

Being 6 when this movie came out, ALREADY obsessed with Nintendo, I wanted to see this movie so bad when it came out. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it in the theater. But I saw it on video and checked it out like 20 times seriously. Watching it today it seems a little hokey, but still it brings me back to the days when video games were user friendly and fun.


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