The Wiz

The Wiz

Sidney Lumet (1978)

128min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A 34-year-old Diana Ross plays Dorothy in this all-black version of The Wizard of Oz, which casts a pall over memories of the 1939 classic. It's easy to see why director Sidney Lumet's clunker ranks as one of the most expensive movie flops of all time. While the Tony Walton sets are fabulous, the famous plot is immersed in a dark inner-city impressionism, the quasi-rocker songs are lacklustre, and diva Ross is just ludicrous in the Judy Garland role. Michael Jackson is surprisingly good as the Scarecrow, though, and among the songs is the hit Ease on down the Road.

Summary

Musical based on The Wizard of Oz, featuring an all-black cast. Dorothy is suddenly whisked off to a magical land and makes some unusual friends as she tries to get back home, while avoiding the malevolent attentions of a wicked witch. Directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Richard Pryor.

Cast & Crew

Dorothy Diana Ross
Scarecrow Michael Jackson (3)
Tin Man Nipsey Russell
Lion Ted Ross
Evillene Mabel King
Aunt Em Theresa Merritt
Miss One Thelma Carpenter
Glinda the Good Lena Horne
The Wiz Richard Pryor
Uncle Henry Stanley Greene
Director Sidney Lumet
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
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