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Kazaam (1996)

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A troubled kid inadvertently releases a genie, who must grant him any three wishes he requests.

Director:

Paul Michael Glaser (as Paul M. Glaser)

Writers:

Paul Michael Glaser (story) (as Paul M. Glaser), Christian Ford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Bottom Rated Movies #28 | 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaquille O'Neal ... Kazaam
Francis Capra ... Maxwell 'Max' Connor
Ally Walker ... Alice Connor
James Acheson ... Nick
John Costelloe ... Travis
Marshall Manesh ... Malik
Fawn Reed ... Asia Moon
Mother Love ... Mrs. Duke (as JoAnne Hart)
Brandon Durand Brandon Durand ... Vasquez
Wade Robson ... Elito (as Wade J. Robson)
Jake Glaser ... Jake
Efren Ramirez ... Carlos
Jonathan Carrasco Jonathan Carrasco ... Z-Dog
Jesse Perez ... Vasquez's Sidekick
Todd Sible Todd Sible ... Engineer Ed
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Storyline

Being a lone young boy in the 'hood" is dangerous and unpleasant. This is what Max experiences when he fools a gang of local toughs who cornered him at school. The gang finds out that the key he gave them is of no value in committing a robbery, and they chase him through the streets of his neighborhood, bent on revenge. He tries to escape by slipping into the open door of an old warehouse, but they follow him there, too. While running from them through aisles filled with all kinds of stuff, he bumps into an old boom box. By doing that, he manages to release Kazaam, a genie who has been held captive for thousands of years. In order to stay free, Kazaam must give Max three wishes. Written by Anonymous

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He's A Rappin' Genie With An Attitude... And He's Ready For Slam-Dunk Fun! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kazaam - Der Geist aus der Flasche See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,131,000, 21 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,876,581, 3 November 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shaquille O'Neal is well known for his basketball career. See more »

Goofs

Even though the movie is based in Brooklyn, while Max is talking with his dad in the car, you see a bus with Red and Orange stripes roll by. Buses in New York have blue stripes. Red and Orange were the colors of the Metro buses in Los Angeles in the early to mid-1990s. See more »

Quotes

Kazaam: [lifting malik by the neck] Now, where's Max?
Malik: Uh... du... du... du... uh... he... uh... he went down that shaft.
Kazaam: WHAT?
Malik: Umm... uh... uh... there was nothin I could do, now put me down...
[starts choking]
Malik: ... I'm afraid of heights.
Kazaam: Wish not granted!
[Shapes Malik into a basketball, and then slam-dunks him into the Air duct]
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Beyond Blunderdome (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Groovin
Written by Felix Cavaliere (uncredited) and Edward Brigati (uncredited)
Performed by Pato Banton
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21 May 2006 | by tokyostreetkillerSee all my reviews

Shaquille O'Neal delivers an Oscar worthy performance in what might be the most powerful performance of the 90's. All around, it is brilliant. This is a gripping and amazing tale about a genie and his friendship with a lonely child. Acting is purely amazing and the story is beautifully played out like poetry in motion. Honestly, this film goes down as one of the all time greats. Top to bottom, this film is perfectly mastered. Every actor in this film comes through and nails the role perfectly. 11/10

Now, imagine the exact opposite of that. Got it? Okay, the truth is...the movie isn't even *that* good. Shaq, what were you thinking?


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