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The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

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Mike Jittlov

Writers:

Mike Jittlov, Richard Kaye (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Jittlov Mike Jittlov ... Mike Jittlov / The Wizard / Torch Carrier (Wizard Film)
Richard Kaye Richard Kaye ... Harvey Bookman
Paige Moore Paige Moore ... Cindy Lite / Dancer / Pretty Hitchhiker (Wizard Film)
Deven Chierighino Deven Chierighino ... Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
Steve Brodie ... Lucky Straeker
John Massari ... Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)
Gary Schwartz ... Canadian Thug
Frank LaLoggia Frank LaLoggia ... American Thug
Philip Michael Thomas ... Policeman Mickey Polanko
Lynda Aldon Lynda Aldon ... Policewoman Minnie Smith
Baron Baron ... Policedog Pluto
Arnetia Walker ... Tina Dreem / Running Girl
Ben Kronen Ben Kronen ... C.C. de Schwartz
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Dora Belair
Will Ryan ... All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)
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Storyline

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends. Written by Magnus Y Alvestad <magnus@johanna2.hsr.no>

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This is the kind of movie you would make, if you had nothing better to do! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Mike Jittlov's domain

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czarnoksieznik predkosci i czasu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,535,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of Steve Brodie. See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1977, a character uses a 1983 Pac-Man novelty phone. See more »

Quotes

Mike 'The Wizard' Jittlov: [thinking to himself] All the big things I should have done by now, but I was so busy doing little things. I wonder how many other people are out there? Writing stories and scripts that nobody else may ever read, making movies that nobody may ever see... discovering secrets, important things that could help everybody. Maybe I shouldn't make movies for a living... I could deliver Steve's pizzas...
[knocks over a jigsaw puzzle box and, via stop motion animation, the puzzle assembles itself]
Mike 'The Wizard' Jittlov: Oh, if ...
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Crazy Credits

In the cast credits the actor who played Ms. Belair's Playmate is listed as The Unknown Producer. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Happy Wizard
by Steve Mann
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Lights, Camera and Anguish!
20 June 2000 | by Speednik AbreactionSee all my reviews

Welcome to the church of Cinematology....

The story of one man's impossible dream: to create with the aid of Hollywood a feature length motion picture with a real story, with real people and special effects that mean something.

CAN it be done?

Mike Jittlov is employed by two producers to work an a special effects extravaganza for their network. Of course they make a bet whether he can do it all in time, cue: the sleaze trying to sabotage Jittlov at every turn.

Okay, babe.

It may not sound too original but the film's quirky sense of humour, staggering attention to detail, several thousand jokes and inspirational messages and cast of characters you actually CARE about set it apart from other formulaic hokey comedies.

What a way to make a living.

And as if that wasn't enough the film features some of the most amazing stop-frame work seen since Harryhausen (except less jerky and unnatural), all building towards the film's climax - Jittlov's finished piece the "Wizard Run".

Nothing can stop the creative spirit.

What more can I say? Be amazed, be happy and (you've guessed it) may all your good dream and fine wishes come true!


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