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The Wizard (1989)

A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.

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Todd Holland

Writer:

David Chisholm
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Edwards ... Jimmy Woods / The Wizard
Vince Trankina Vince Trankina ... Tate (as Vincent Leahr)
Wendy Phillips ... Christine Bateman
Dea McAllister Dea McAllister ... Counselor
Sam McMurray ... Bateman
Beau Bridges ... Sam Woods
Fred Savage ... Corey Woods
Christian Slater ... Nick Woods
Will Seltzer Will Seltzer ... Putnam
Roy Conrad Roy Conrad ... Bus Clerk
Jenny Lewis ... Haley
Roderick Dexter Roderick Dexter ... Trucker #1 / Wrecking Yard Man
Ray Bickel Ray Bickel ... Trucker #2
Chuck Skinner Chuck Skinner ... Grease Monkey
W.K. Cowan W.K. Cowan ... Salesman #1
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Storyline

Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away. Written by Anonymous

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It's more than a game... It's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Brazil

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidéokid See more »

Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,142,525, 17 December 1989

Gross USA:

$14,278,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,278,900
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Lucas shows his power glove for the first time before he plays rad racer with it the 5 tone you hear as he inputs the buttons to activate it is also the famous 5 tone heard in the film Close encounters of the third kind 1977. See more »

Goofs

While playing the three rednecks in the arcade, Haley announces that Jimmy has reached "470,000 and climbing on F-1 Dream." The marquee on the game is wrong; the game is actually Top Speed. See more »

Quotes

[about her mom]
Haley: She packed it in. She was a showgirl. Great legs. I got her legs, what do you think?
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Alternate Versions

When shown on Nickelodeon, all profane language is cut, along with the "he touched my breast" line (and, of course, all subsequent references to that line.) See more »

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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Nicktoons (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Send Me An Angel
Written by David Sterry and Richard Zatorski
Performed by Real Life
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22 November 1998 | by Spiffy-TiffySee all my reviews

I thought this movie was great. Luke Edwards was outstanding. Fred Savage and Jenny Lewis were great as well. The whole movie was an amazing look at the mind of a child through video games. It was excellent.


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