The Wiz Movie Review 1978

Information and Film Reviews for The Wiz the Movie

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2.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Black version of the long-time favorite "The Wizard of Oz," based on the Broadway musical. Ross plays a Harlem schoolteacher who is whisked away to a fantasy version of NYC in a search for her identity. Some good character performances and musical numbers, but generally an overblown and garish effort with Ross too old for her role. Pryor is poorly cast, but Jackson is memorable as the Scarecrow. High-budget ($24 million) production with a ton of name stars, lost $11 million, and cooled studios on black films. Horne's number as the good witch is the best reason to sit through this one.

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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 133 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Disco Musicals, African America, Adapted from a Musical
Screenplay
Joel Schumacher
Cast
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Thelma Carpenter, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne
Cinematography
Oswald Morris
Director
Sidney Lumet
Music
Quincy Jones
Producer
Mark Huffam

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