Wizard

The Wizard

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Director: Todd Holland

Cast: Fred Savage, Beau Bridges, Christian Slater

     
 
In this comedy, Corey Woods (Fred Savage) sneaks his emotionally disturbed little brother, Jimmy (Luke Edwards) out of the home he has been placed in, and sets off on a trip across the country. Along the way they team up with young Haley (Jenny Lewis), and together they discover that the silent Jimmy has a gift for playing video games. With this newfound information,

Overview

In this comedy, Corey Woods (Fred Savage) sneaks his emotionally disturbed little brother, Jimmy (Luke Edwards) out of the home he has been placed in, and sets off on a trip across the country. Along the way they team up with young Haley (Jenny Lewis), and together they discover that the silent Jimmy has a gift for playing video games. With this newfound information, the trio sets off for a video game competition in California, pursued by a number of concerned relatives.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
In a move right out of the genius book of movie marketing, The Wizard exploded onto screens in 1989 to a resounding roar from the legion of original Nintendo adopters in anticipation for the first glimpse of the Super Mario Bros. 3 game. Though it didn't skyrocket into box office bonanza-land, the film did exactly what it set out to do -- prepping hoards of fans for the new incredible lands for which they were about to play in the upcoming months. As if having the big reveal of anticipated sequel wasn't enough, the movie is jam-packed with enough other Nintendo promotions to secure it as a time capsule of the second ascent of home gaming after Atari. If the young leads aren't playing Double Dragon at a truck stop, then they're wide-eyed over the local pro as he deftly maneuvers the car in Rad Racer with the Power Glove. Sure, the dialogue is dreadful, as is Fred Savage, but the audience at the time could have cared less. Also making a supporting appearance is Christian Slater, still in full Jack Nicholson via-Heathers mode, as well as a young Jenny Lewis of future indie rock songstress fame. The Wizard might age a bit worse than the games it was pimping (which says a lot), but it does stand as a fine reminder to how exciting it was to be a kid in those days.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
UPC:
0025192932427
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
24,676

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Savage Corey Woods
Beau Bridges Sam Woods
Christian Slater Nick Woods
Luke Edwards Jimmy Woods
Jenny Lewis Haley
Will Seltzer Putnam
Sam McMurray Bateman
Wendy Phillips Christine
W.K. Cowan Salesman
Zed James Frizzelle Lucas' Buddy
Vincent Leahr Tate
Dea McAllister Counselor
William Thompson Salesman
Jackey Vinson Lucas
Blair Anthony Hotel Security
Lee Arenberg Armageddon Registrar
Ray Bickel Trucker
Roy Conrad Bus Clerk
David D'Ovidio Armageddon Official
Marisa de Simone Mora Grissom
Roderick Dexter Trucker #1
Sonny Dukes Biker
Beth Grant Diner Manager
Stephen Grives Armageddon Announcer
Valana C. Hatter Diner Waitress
Gregor Hesse Younger Boy
T. Dan Hopkins Old Navajo
Tom Kerley Pinball Teen
Jacqueline Lear Bubblegum Girl
Preston Scott Lee Tough Teen
Frank McRae Spanky
Rowdy Metzger Tough Teen
Terri Lynn Neish Poolside Waitress
Jason Oliver Tough Teen
Jim Pirri Studio Tour Guide
Gene Skillen Stickman
Chuck Skinner Grease Monkey
Thomas Stanczyk Rick, the Video Counselor

Technical Credits
Todd Holland Director
Scilla Andreen-Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Claire Jenora Bowin Set Decoration/Design
David Chisholm Co-producer,Screenwriter
Lynne Eagan Makeup
Tom Finan Editor
James M. Halty Stunts
Michael Mayer Production Designer
Lindsley Parsons Producer
J. Peter Robinson Score Composer
Rob Sissman Art Director
Eddie Surkin Special Effects
Ken Topolsky Co-producer
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

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The Wizard 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
I like this movie because of Christian Slater. He is so cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i remember growing up and watching this movie over and over again on vhs and i wore it out now i am excited to see it on dvd awesome good movie to watch with old friends
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is fantastic, brings you right back to that fun and wonderful time in your childhood, If you like Goonies, War Games, Fred Savage, you will love this movie.
Trina_B_Wicked More than 1 year ago
Brings back the memories of those early days of nintendo. great fun.

with an additional plus for music fans to catch a glimpse of Jenny Lewis of the indie band Rilo Kiley starting out.