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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

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A frustrated circus magician from Kansas is transported to a magical land called Oz, where he will have to fulfill a prophecy to become the king, and release the land from the Wicked Witches using his great (but fake) powers.

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Sam Raimi

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Mitchell Kapner (screenplay), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Oz
Mila Kunis ... Theodora / Wicked Witch of the West
Rachel Weisz ... Evanora
Michelle Williams ... Annie / Glinda
Zach Braff ... Frank / Finley
Bill Cobbs ... Master Tinker
Joey King ... Girl in Wheelchair / China Girl
Tony Cox ... Knuck
Stephen R. Hart ... Winkie General
Abigail Spencer ... May (as Abigail Leigh Spencer)
Bruce Campbell ... Winkie Gate Keeper
Ted Raimi ... Skeptic in Audience
Tim Holmes ... Strongman
Toni Wynne ... Strongman's Wife
Rob Crites Rob Crites ... Firebreather
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Storyline

Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz), and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Written by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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In Oz, nothing is what it seems See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brick See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$215,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,110,453, 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$234,911,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$493,311,825
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Williams' character Annie is marrying a man named John Gale. Director Sam Raimi has confirmed that Annie and John are intended to be the (previously unnamed) parents of Dorothy Gale, the main character in The Wizard of Oz (1939) and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (book), and a primary or secondary character in most of the other books. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, the facial hair thickness of the Oz was not as it was at the beginning shots of the movie. The thickness of the hair slightly changed between short to shorter, then back to normal. See more »

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[first lines]
Front Gate Barker: Hurry, hurry, step this way. Get your tickets now. Don't be shut out, friend. Step this way. See the most wondrous sights imaginable. pulled from the four corners of the Earth. Acts to delight, to thrill and to mystify! Walk through these gates and into the world of wonder.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are seen behind a stage curtain (at first in different colors, then for the remainder it stays green). See more »

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The film was also shown in 3D. Some shots displaying 3D effects are exclusive to the 3D version, being altered or removed in the 2D cut. See more »


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Shofar
Written and Performed by Roberto Juan Rodriguez
Courtesy of Tzadik Records
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It was fun
14 March 2013 | by lagudafuadSee all my reviews

Oz the Great and Powerful is Disney's prequel to the 1939 classic movie The Wizard of Oz, and it is set 20 years before the tale of Dorothy Gale's (Judy Garland) journey into the Land of Oz. The movie characters are based on The Oz series by L. Frank Baum.

The movie is delightful and Disney paid homage to the old classic by starting the introduction of the movie's main character Oscar "Oz" Diggs (James Franco) in black and white and the moment he stepped into Oz the movie transformed to color, just like that of the 1939 classic which started in sepia tinted black and white, and the moment Dorothy got to Oz the movie transformed into colored.

I enjoyed the colorful bit of the movie I do have to give kudos to the story, it was interesting and involving, I found myself drawn in and the idea that showed that The Wizard of Oz was first truly a con man, a con man of mere magic tricks who travels with a circus, until one day he found himself in the Land of Oz where they await their savior a Wizard so great that he will be able to defeat the witch sisters.

Here our hero comes into Oz as a con man and we get to see him metamorphose into the wizard we know him to be in the The Oz Series.

The movie did face some hiccups during production, some of which were due to the cast having other roles that they had to leave to go fulfill, and then there was the legal rights as Warner Bros owned all the rights to the elements used in the 1939 classic such things like: the color of the wicked witch of the west (here her shade of green differs from the 1939 classic), her mole was not present, the yellow brick road was also nowhere to be seen, although there is a brick road.

Director Sam Raimi and James Franco worked together in the Spiderman trilogy where Franco played Osborne. Here Raimi did an impressive work coordinating the events that took place in this film.

This movie did make reference to the characters in the old classic, like a lady Oz was seeing told him she is getting married to a man whose last name was Gale (Dorothy Gale), we see the creation of the scarecrow, we get to see the men who created the Tin Man and we saw how the cowardly lion became coward when he got frightened away by Oz.

My take on this movie is that it is fun and a nice watch for those who have a mind that is ready to fly.

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