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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 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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Stacey

The Wiz was released in 1978. The Wiz is a similar version to The Wizard of Oz and is based off the Broadway musical. The Wiz has a run time of 134 minutes. Dorothy (Diana Ross), Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), Tinman (Nipsey Russell), and the Lion (Ted Ross) are back but in an updated version of “The Wizard of Oz”. Dorothy is a young schoolteacher who gets caught in a snowstorm and brought to the Land of Oz. The Land of Oz is mysterious and nightmarish place. The movie has a bit of an urban setting and is similar looking to New York City. Dorothy is sent to the Land of Oz in search of her identity. There she meets her three great friends, Scarecrow, Tinman, and the Lion. Will she learn her identity and get home safely?