- Status: Released
- Movie Tagline: From the book that’s an American tradition… from the smash-hit Broadway show… the entertainment of the year!
- Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Music
- Release Date: 1978-10-24
- Runtime: 134.0 min
- Budget: $24.0 million
- Revenue: $21.0 million
- Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Motown Productions
Cast & Crew
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Theresa Merritt, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Mabel King, Thelma Carpenter, Stanley Greene, Quincy Jones, Iman, Clyde J. Barrett, Harry Madsen, Mabel Robinson
Synopsis – What to Expect from “The Wiz”
The Wiz is a 1978 musical fantasy film based on the Broadway musical of the same name. It is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with an all-black cast starring Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man, Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion, and Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch of the South.
The movie follows Dorothy Gale, a young black girl living in Harlem, New York, who is transported to an alternate universe called Oz. There, she meets a group of misfit characters, including the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, who are all in search of their own special gifts.
Dorothy and her newfound friends set off on a journey to the Emerald City, the home of the mysterious Wiz, who they believe can help them. Along the way, they must confront the Wicked Witch of the West and her evil minions.
The Wiz eventually reveals himself to be a powerful wizard, and he grants each of Dorothy’s friends their wishes. Dorothy is then able to return home with the help of Glinda the Good Witch of the South.
The Wiz is a visually stunning and musically captivating film that celebrates the power of friendship and the joy of self-discovery. It is an uplifting story that will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful.
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