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Wiz, The
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by Teen Movie Critic

"But I think you can manage to get through those two roadblocks to enjoy a fine musical."
4 stars

Based on the stage musical, a black version of "The Wizard of Oz", Diana Ross plays Dorothy, still following the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald city.

With her by her side (as always) are the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Woodman (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross). Not as memorable as the acclaimed Judy Garland version, but certainly a lot more hip. It's got great musical numbers, a well-organized score from master composer Quincy Jones and some good performances from Jackson, Russell and Ross (Ted that is). The major nadirs are the disappointing ending and the whiny performance by Ross (Diana that is).

But I think you can manage to get through those two roadblocks to enjoy a fine musical.

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User Comments

4/17/14 uamnkqlxjj USA 5 stars
4/16/14 Ftbockoh USA 4 stars
4/16/14 shhmrg USA 5 stars
4/12/14 Nrocqygd USA 5 stars
4/08/14 cffrmqtib USA 3 stars
3/31/14 Jimmy Gimbels Over long, over done, over the top 2 stars
2/05/14 Pjhtsudu USA 5 stars
2/02/14 Cspyxvrg USA 2 stars
1/24/14 Vkevzsci USA 5 stars
6/04/12 jsd The movie was like a bad LSD trip,but you will remember it, 1 stars
2/25/11 Sam some humor and good music but Diana Ross was TERRIBLE 2 stars
2/25/11 Allison okay....kinda bad. unnececary singing about every 5 minutes. should i elaborate more? 3 stars
10/02/10 bored mom The reimagining concept itself isn't to blame, but the music is really not that good. 2 stars
1/26/10 R Lan If it wasn't for some of the music, this would have been a total disaster. 2 stars
11/09/08 Definitive_One THE WIZ IS a BRILLIANT and FANTASTIC FILM!! 5 stars
8/08/07 David Cohen Not great, but no where near as bad as legend says it is 3 stars
2/09/05 Nicole Great Movie, very exciting 4 stars
11/19/04 Khalecia It was the greatest ever!!!!! 5 stars
6/10/04 CEB It was the absolute BEST movie i have ever seen they should make abother one just like it 5 stars
4/17/04 huckster This movie was the worst movie I've ever seen and a diservice ti the original story. 1 stars
3/19/03 Quentin Daniels Awesome 5 stars
11/27/02 joyce wrigght-Menefee I actually think that the movie was o.k. diania needs to sit down! 4 stars
10/15/02 Charles Tatum The only film I have ever fallen asleep the theater 1 stars
7/22/02 MJtwins The movie was good. Diana Ross was bad. Michael Jackson was the highlight. 4 stars
5/29/02 Sam A haunting musical. 5 stars
3/25/02 Jimmy great movie 5 stars
3/14/02 Lizzy It's spectacluar , it's refreshing , makes you want to get up and dance! The cast is great 5 stars
11/29/01 vt it sucked...lame movie!!! 1 stars
9/09/01 Butterbean A movie with groovy cinematography. It's a hip version of the cornball original. 4 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat I don't know what to say about it. 3 stars
6/18/01 Phil J. Kau One to watch more than once. Sticks with you. 5 stars
4/01/01 Andrew Carden An extremly colorful and spectacular musical. 4 stars
3/16/01 Brittany I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a huge Michael Jackson fan. The music & dancing was great!!! 5 stars
3/15/01 The Universal Guardian This movie is great. When will the filmmakers update it? 4 stars
1/04/01 Marlandus Goodloe It's a fantastic movie, I liked the set design, the music, and the chroagraghy 5 stars
12/16/00 Dave A wonderful score and eye-popping sets makes "The Wiz" a film fantasy worth watching. 4 stars
11/17/00 Mary Roberts A great family film. The roles are adjusted to fit the actors. A modern version in its tim 4 stars
9/13/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Diana Ross stole this movie from Stephanie Mills. May Miss Ross burn for all time! 1 stars
4/24/00 LaQuana B. I found this movie very entertaining because I'm glad to see blacks at their best. 4 stars
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  24-Oct-1978 (PG)



Directed by
  Sidney Lumet

Written by
  Joel Schumacher

  Diana Ross
  Michael Jackson
  Nipsey Russell
  Mabel King
  Lena Horne
  Richard Pryor

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