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The Wiz
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Directed By
Sidney Lumet

Written By:
Joel Schumacher

Cast:
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, Thelma Carpenter

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The Wiz (1978)
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Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie
April 16th, 2007

Disappointing

I haven't seen this movie since I was a kid. I remembering not liking it so much then, but I thought I would give it another shot. Unfortunately I was a pretty astute critic even as a kid.

It is a reimagining of 'The Wizard of Oz' as set in New York with an all black cast. Diana Ross plays Dorothy, Michael Jackson is the Scarecrow and Lena Horne is Glinda. The story is very cool, the sets are amazing, and the dancing is unbelievable.

However the music just doesn't have the same catchiness as the original. The only memorable song is 'East On Down The Road', this version's take on 'Follow The Yellow Brick Road'. Other than that the songs are all very literal or giving Diana Ross a chance to belt is out like a champion.

This film is far too long at over 2 hours and it loses its way at the end, with hardly any screen time for Richard Pryor as The Wiz.

A disappointing film, because it could have been so cool, but it falls so far short.

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Tim
Apr 18, 2007 4:14 AM
 
God 3 stars??? I cant sit through this disaster....and I am a huge Michael Jackson fan....
Jessica Film Junkie
Apr 18, 2007 4:04 PM
 
3 stars for the dancing, the sets and that one song
Tim
Apr 18, 2007 4:11 PM
 
Michael Jackson is an icon, I don't care about his personal dramatics that go on. This is just all too weird though how child like this movie is and he being an accused child molester years later.
Jessica Film Junkie
Apr 18, 2007 10:57 PM
 
Yeah I see that totally, it is actually weird to see him in this movie. It makes me uncomfortable.
Tim
Apr 18, 2007 11:30 PM
 
I constantly do the moonwalk and grab my crouch in my house.......Michael Jackson is the man!
Jessica Film Junkie
Apr 19, 2007 3:15 AM
 
that surprises me, from your photo I would have taken you for a more Billy Idol type.

Tim
Apr 19, 2007 4:52 PM
 
I get the billy idol comment all the time........dont get me wrong I dont normally sit around listening to him.....im more of a rap / hip hop / hard metal type of guy but I respect his musical talents.......he is a great entertainer!



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