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Wizard of Oz, The (1939) Movie Information

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55

Avg. Rating:

3.19/4

# of Ratings:

1095

Genres:

Fantasy, Musical

Rating:

G

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/25/1939

DVD Release:

10/01/2013

Director:

Victor Fleming

Actors:

Judy Garland
Frank Morgan
Ray Bolger
Bert Lahr
Jack Haley
Billie Burke

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Dorothy gets swept to a far away land full of beautiful landscapes and treacherous witches. She meets some improbable friends that try to help her get back home by following the yellow brick road.

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Matthew 12/31/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

If you hate this movie then you have you soul at all. this movie takes you to a yellow brick road with Dorothy and her odd friends.

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mitchellyoung 02/10/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

There's an infectious cinematic magic about the Wizard of Oz that covers some of its more obvious faults (fake production value, convenient screenplay.) The energy of the cast carries the film, as does the iconic soundtrack that features one of the most beloved songs of all time. It's impossible not to get caught up in the colorful and inventive adaptation that does admirable justice to Baum's classic book.

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Yojimbo 09/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

Classic musical full of memorable songs and inventive imagery and a creative use of the newly developed Technicolor. Not really my kind of thing but far superior to the kind of soulless nonsense that passes for children's entertainment these days.

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  memento_mori
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08/19/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The pinnacle of children's movies.

Okay, I have humility.
In my original review of this film, I was too critical. I was expecting too much, because I didn't grow up with The Wizard of Oz. I only watched it three months ago.
I stand by a lot of my original comments, though. I think some of the characters are a little weak and I'm not too fond of the wicked witch's big weakness: water.

But after re-watching it a few times, this movie grew on me. It makes me feel like a child again, with its excellent enthusiastic acting and colorful sets. I absolutely love the transition from black and white to color, it just emphasized the beauty in the picture. It was a wonder to have technicolor during those times.
Victor Fleming knew exactly how to plan and shoot it scene by scene. The cinematography brings out the good in every ch...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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04/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Wizard of Oz review

People watch movies to be entertained, pick up an important subliminal message, timeless songs, watch wonderful characters, see an enticing story, just enjoy the way it was crafted or all of the aforementioned. For it's time, this picture was all of the above, even upon revisiting again after several years as an adult. This critic saw this before High-school so certain scenes were memorable. Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto suddenly wakes-up after enduring a cyclone and enter a different place far from Kansas. In the land of Oz, she encounters Glinda the Good, the Munchkins, Scarecrow, Tin man, and the Cowardly Lion. The Evil Witch of the West have plans of getting the magical Ruby Slippers from Dorothy.

Despite its flaws (painted background, the tail of the Lion moved by a visible ...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Jenna
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06/28/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Dark Side of Oz

I don't have to tell anyone how truly amzing this film is. It has truly passed the test of time, and as wonderful and perfect as it is, it's beauty is experienced in an entirely different light, a darker one, when played alongside Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album. Call me a bit of a conspiracy nut, but there are lots of coincidences that are quite intereresting. I'm not sure whether or not Pink Floyd wrote the album particularly for the film as some say, but I have to wonder how one figured out that if you press play as soon as the third roar of the MGM lion ends. I must admit it's a fabulous spin on the classic, if you're a Pink Floyd fan or would like a slightly psychedelic, more adult version on the childhood classic. You can find a list of coincidences online if you want to ...

Rating of
4/4 

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