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The Wiz (1978)

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Starring (View all)
Diana Ross Diana Ross
Dorothy
Michael Jackson Michael Jackson
Scarecrow
Ted Ross Ted Ross
Lion / Fleetwood Coupe de Ville
Mabel King Mabel King
Evillene
Theresa Merritt Theresa Merritt
Aunt Em
Lena Horne Lena Horne
Glinda the Good
Richard Pryor Richard Pryor
The Wiz


Written by
Joel Schumacher Joel Schumacher
(screenplay)


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An average movie

12 years, 9 months ago at Aug 12 9:52
Honestly, I wasnโ€™t expecting much from this flick but since I always had a weak spot for Sydney Lumetโ€™s work, I still wanted to check it out. Honestly, I have never been a huge fan of the genre but it is probably one of the worst musicals I have ever seen. At the time, it was the most expensive film musical ever made but it turned out to be a flop and it was universally panned when it was rele... read more

The Wiz

8 years, 11 months ago at Jun 30 2:48
A musical seems like an absolutely odd choice for a director like Sidney Lumet, a director that was preoccupied with grit and realism. But that eye towards grit and realism made for a unique collaboration with The Wiz, which creates an imagined, fanciful New York, a New York in which graffiti comes alive and dances, and the yellow brick road extends from Harlem to Manhattan and beyond. And the fil... read more
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Description: Dorothy, a twenty-four-year-old kindergarten teacher born, raised, and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn't seem to be thankful for much in life. She lives a self-imposed sheltered life; she is shy and unfulfilled. Things change for her when she is caught in a snowstorm while chasing after her dog, Toto. They are transported to the mysterious Land of Oz, where she is informed that the only possible way to find her way back home is through the assistance of the powerful wizard in the Emerald City. As she goes searching for him, she befriends some creatures who are facing p ... (more)
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Tags: Musical (10), Adventure (8), Fantasy (6), Remake (6), Family (5), Dancing (4), Amusement Park (4), 1978 (4), Based On A Novel (4), Library (4), Politician (4), Crow (3), Melancholy (3), African American (3), Brooklyn Bridge (3), 1970s (3), Statue (3), Shoe (3), Spiritual Cinema (2), Scarecrow (2)
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Academy Award for Best Production Design: 1970s (50 movies items)

"Tony Walton and Philip Rosenberg (Art Director), Edward Stewart and Robert Drumheller (Set Decorator) "


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"Based on the stage musical, this updated version of The Wizard of Oz has Diana Ross as Dorothy finding herself in a strange land longing to get home. Michael Jackson is the Scarecrow while Richard Pryor plays the Wiz. While the songs and the energy re strong, the visuals, impressive as they are, look dated now and the overall effect is messy and sometimes confusing. "


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