Wiz

Wiz

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell

     
 

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Sidney Lumet's The Wiz is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young African-American kindergarten teacher who's "never been below 125th Street." Leaving a large family dinner to chase her dog into a snowstorm, Dorothy (Diana Ross) isSee more details below

Overview

Sidney Lumet's The Wiz is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young African-American kindergarten teacher who's "never been below 125th Street." Leaving a large family dinner to chase her dog into a snowstorm, Dorothy (Diana Ross) is swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the land of Oz -- which looks suspiciously like a skewed version of the run-down Manhattan of the late '70s. Landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, the puzzled Dorothy is greeted by munchkins who peel themselves from a graffiti mural and sing to her about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a powerful wizard living in Emerald City who can help her get home. On her journey down the yellow brick road, she encounters a garbage-stuffed scarecrow (Michael Jackson) in a junkyard, a broken-down tin man (Nipsey Russell) caught in the decay of an old amusement park, and a cowardly lion (Ted Ross) posing as a stone statue outside a museum. The quartet tangles with a subway station that comes to life, a poppy den, and a gaggle of motorcycle henchman on their way to the Wiz -- who orders them to kill the Wicked Witch of the West (a sweatshop tyrant) before he will grant them their wishes. The Wiz has about double the large-scale production numbers of The Wizard of Oz (1939), with songs written and composed by Charlie Smalls. ~ Derek Armstrong

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2013
UPC:
0025192183652
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Diana Ross Dorothy
Michael Jackson Scarecrow
Nipsey Russell Tinman
Lena Horne Glinda the Good
Richard Pryor The Wiz (Herman Smith)
Ted Ross Lion
Mabel King Evillene
Mariann Aalda Aunt Em's Party
Alvin Alexis Aunt Em's Party
Vicki Baltimore Green Lady
Clyde J. Barrett Subway Peddler
Claude Brooks Aunt Em's Party
Johnny Brown Actor
Ted Butler Actor
Thelma Carpenter Miss One
Willie C. Carpenter Aunt Em's Party
Dorothy Fox Aunt Em's Party
Stanley Greene Uncle Henry
Carlton Johnson Head Winkie
Donald King Actor
Joe Lynn Gold Footman
Harry Madsen Cheetah
Theresa Merritt Aunt Em
Jaime Perry Actor
Mabel Robinson Munchkin #2
Glory Van Scott Rolls-Royce Lady
Ted Williams Munchkin #1

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Tony Walton Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Charlie Smalls Score Composer,Songwriter
Joel Schumacher Screenwriter
L. Frank Baum Source Author
Burtt Harris Associate Producer
Louis Johnson Choreography
Dede Allen Editor
Kenneth Harper Executive Producer
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects
Rob Cohen Producer
Albert Griswold Special Effects
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Steve James Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Wiz
1. Main Titles [4:22]
2. "The Feeling That We Have" Theresa Merritt and Family Choir [2:25]
3. "Can I Go On" Diana Ross [12:13]
4. "He's the Wizard" Thelma Carpenter and Munchkins [5:21]
5. "Soon as I Get Home" Diana Ross [6:56]
6. "You Can't Win" Michael Jackson [7:12]
7. "Ease On Down the Road" Diana Ross and Michael Jackson [5:50]
8. "What Would I Do If I Could Feel?" Nipsey Russell [3:29]
9. "Slide Some Oil to Me" Nipsey Russell [2:49]
10. "Ease On Down the Road" Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Nipsey Russell [1:53]
11. "I'm a Mean Ole Lion" Ted Ross [5:35]
12. "Ease On Down the Road" Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross [10:27]
13. "Be a Lion" Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross [:30]
14. "Emerald City" Emerald City Citizens [5:49]
15. "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News" Mabel King and the Winkles [17:31]
16. "A Brand New Day" Full Company [11:41]
17. "Believe In Yourself" Diana Ross [13:41]
18. "Believe In Yourself" Lena Horne [4:21]
19. "Home" Diana Ross [4:57]
20. End Titles [4:01]

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