The Wizard of Oz

  • U
  • Victor Fleming, King Vidor (1939)
  • US
  • 98 min
The Wizard of Oz
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Film Review
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5 out of 5

One of Hollywood's quintessential productions, this musical adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic fable is probably the most beloved fantasy film of all time and the ultimate family picture. It has something for everyone: wonderfully strange lands, fun-scary moments, a dazzling assortment of fairy-tale characters, fabulous songs to take us all somewhere over the rainbow, a peerless Judy Garland performance, and meaningful messages in abundance. Continuously enthralling, this is one hardy perennial you can never tire of watching. Uncredited King Vidor directed some of the sequences.

Plot Summary

Classic musical fantasy starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. When a huge tornado hits Dorothy's home in Kansas, she is whisked off far away into a strange and dazzling world. There she must escape the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West and find her way to the Emerald City.

Cast and crew


Dorothy Gale
Judy Garland
Scarecrow / "Hunk"
Ray Bolger
Cowardly Lion / "Zeke"
Bert Lahr
Tin Man / "Hickory"
Jack Haley
Billie Burke
Wicked Witch of the West / Miss Almira Gulch
Margaret Hamilton
Prof Marvel / Wizard of Oz / Doorkeeper of the Emerald City / Coachman / Wizard's doorkeeper
Frank Morgan
Uncle Henry
Charley Grapewin
Auntie Em
Clara Blandick
Pat Walshe


Victor Fleming
King Vidor

Other Information

Colour and sepia
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Sep 2014
Certificate U
Warner Brothers Entertainment UK Ltd