The Wiz (1978)

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An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.




  • Richard Pryor in The Wiz (1978)
  • Sidney Lumet and Joel Schumacher in The Wiz (1978)
  • Michael Jackson and Diana Ross at an event for The Wiz (1978)
  • Joel Schumacher in The Wiz (1978)
  • Candice Bergen and Joel Schumacher at an event for The Wiz (1978)
  • Michael Jackson in The Wiz (1978)

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13 December 2002 | Sargebri
I have read some of the reviews and I don't see how anyone could praise this movie. To me this was just a vanity piece for Diana Ross. The stage version of the Wiz, was pretty much a straight remake of the original only with a black cast. In this version however, the film was pretty much changed around to fit Diana and her whims. To me, Diana Ross peaked with her first film, "Lady Sings the Blues". This film was a mess and a very schmaltzy for my taste.

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Sidney Lumet was chosen to direct primarily because of his reputation for finishing his pictures on time and within budget. The movie became the most expensive ever shot in New York City at the time


Lion: Don't give her the slippers, Dorothy!
Evillene: Is this enough for you? No? Well, how about your metal friend over there?
Tinman: Don't worry, Dorothy! I'm just an empty shell! This doesn't hurt me!


During the wide shot in "Slide Some Oil to Me" when Nipsy Russell is dancing in front of the mirrors, there's a large hole in the canvas behind him. You can see a camera through the hole, and a couple of times, you can see a reflection of him dancing in the camera lens.

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Alternate Versions

When this movie debuted on CBS, the network trimmed several scenes to fit in a 3 hour block with commercials. Several scenes cut included: The arrival of the baby and its family at Aunt Emme's party. Some of the dancing and the Poms sequence with the Munchkins (it cut from them going down the stairs to some of them doing acrobatics). Portions of Mean Ole Lion were cut out. The chase sequence in the subway platform omitted how the Scarecrow and the Tin Man are rescued by the Lion. The Poppy Girls close-up shot was cut. Dance portions in the Emerald city during the Green and Red clothing were cut. The entire Emerald City Motel sequence was omitted plus Dorothy asking the guards of the gate how to get to Evilynn's. (It cut from RIchard Pryor peeking out to the time clock at the sweat shop).


What Would I Do If I Could Feel?
Written by
Charlie Smalls
Performed by Nipsey Russell


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Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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