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Twentieth Century Oz (1976)

Oz (original title)
Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old groupie riding with a rock band when, suddenly, the van is in a road accident, and she hits her head. She wakes up in a fantasy world as gritty and realistic ... See full summary »

Director:

Chris Löfvén

Writer:

Chris Löfvén
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joy Dunstan Joy Dunstan ... Dorothy
Graham Matters Graham Matters ... Wally / The Wizard / Record Salesman / Tram Conductor / Doorman / Face at Party
Bruce Spence ... Bass Player / Surfie
Michael Carman Michael Carman ... Drummer / Mechanic
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Guitarist / Bikie
Robin Ramsay Robin Ramsay ... Good Fairy
Paula Maxwell Paula Maxwell ... Jane
Ned Kelly Ned Kelly ... Bouncer / Truckie
Lorraine West Lorraine West ... Waitress
Beris Underhill Beris Underhill ... Receptionist
Russell Thompson Russell Thompson ... 1st Gay
Gino Lattore Gino Lattore ... 2nd Gay
Roland Bonnet Roland Bonnet ... Manager
Jim Slade Jim Slade ... Promoter
Martin Allen Martin Allen ... 1st Boy at Dance
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Storyline

Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old groupie riding with a rock band when, suddenly, the van is in a road accident, and she hits her head. She wakes up in a fantasy world as gritty and realistic as the one she came from and learns she killed a young thug in the process. A gay clothier called the Good Fairy gives her a pair of red shoes as a reward to help her see the last concert of the Wizard, an androgynous rock singer. She is pursed by the thug's brother who attempts to rape her on several occasions. She also meets a dumb surfer, a heartless mechanic, and a cowardly biker. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Take a trip down the highway with Dorothy See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twentieth Century Oz See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Director Chris Löfvén's introduction to this movie on the DVD is "Dedicated to Lynn Helms 1951-2003". Helms was this film's producer and co-story writer. See more »

Goofs

When Dorothy asks Greaseball why he didn't help Surfie, the scene cuts to a close up of his face. Prior to the cut, the background shows a built up area, with houses and garbage bins by the side of the roadway. In the close-up, the background suddenly shows a long, sweeping hill on a country road. See more »

Quotes

Drummer: We're off to see the fucking Wizard!
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Connections

Featured in The Whimsical World of Oz (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Greaseball
Written by Ross Wilson (uncredited)
Performed by Ross Wilson
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some-where, under the radar...
8 April 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

Yes, THE WIZARD OF OZ as a rock and roll Australian road movie and made in the Xanadu of screen musical decades, the 70s. I kid you not. So gobsmackingly awful that it is genuinely entertaining and with the nasal whining so endearing to International Audiences...and with rock songs, a surfing dude, grubby mechanic and a chick called...Dorothy, and a very camp fairy godmother (who would put Gerrit Graham from Phantom Of The Paradise back in queerschool) help to make OZ the dazzling home movie Aussie legend it is. Haven't seen it? track it down somehow and settle back for one of the best cinema treats of truly pre Priscilla campery (again) from Australia. It all ends up in Melbourne at a rock concert at the incredible 3000 seat Palais Theatre which is reason enough to watch. How Melbourne qualifies as a destination equal to any Emerald City is dubious. Everyone knows Emerald City is also Sydney's Australian nickname. We just can't help ourselves living here, can we! A guilty pleasure is OZ and a true pleasure is the land of Oz.


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