G | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well.
The Scarecrow face makeup that Ray Bolger wore consisted, in part, of a rubber prosthetic with a woven pattern to suggest burlap cloth. By the time the film was finished the prosthetic had left a pattern of lines on his face that took more than a year to ... ...
She isn't coming yet, Toto. Did she hurt you? She tried to, didn't she? Come on. We'll go tell Uncle Henry and Auntie Em.
The footage of the ruby slippers disappearing from the feet of the Witch of the East was originally projected on a process screen with the Witch of the West kneeling in front of the screen reaching for the slippers. This explains why the slippers are positioned at the far left of the shot, with the Witch of the West kneeling in front of the screen on the right. The film of the disappearing slippers was fuzzy and unconvincing when projected on the process screen so this scene was not used. This caused the continuity error of the Witch being inches from the slippers when she bends down to get them and the following shot where she is absent from the shot. In the current film there is footage remaining of the original shot with the process screen: when the Witch turns around and says "They're gone!". The process screen can be seen in this shot.
Dedication right after opening credits - "For nearly forty years this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart; and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to it in return ...and to the Young in Heart ...we dedicate this picture."
$5,354,311 (USA) (6 November 1998)
$22,202,612 (USA) (11 October 2013)
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