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The Wiz

4 Ratings: 4.5
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   The Wiz Directed by Sidney Lumet Produced by Rob Cohen … see full wiki

Director: Sidney Lumet
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Music, Adventure, Musical, Fantasy
Release Date: October 24, 1978
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about The Wiz

Absolutely wonderful music

  • Jun 26, 2009
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+5
This was simply a retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ.  It could very easily have fallen flat and been forgotten.  It wasn't, however, primarily because of the wonderful actors and actresses and the absolutely fantastic music.  Yes, it's somewhat dated now, since this film was made in 1978.  Soul music has advanced quite a bit since 1978.  Still, while the lyrics may be dated, the melodies in the songs are still great.  EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD has such a wonderful, lifting beat and swing, for instance.  The one song that defines this musical for me, though, is sung by Michael Jackson, who is absolutely marvelous as the Scarecrow.  YOU CAN'T WIN, YOU CAN'T BREAK EVEN AND YOU CAN'T QUIT THE GAME.  That was so true in 1978, and it's still true today and it will be true a thousand years from now.  It is the perfect description of human life.  The cast was a who's who of Black talent in 1978, and these people were really really talented.  Diana Ross, Nipsy Russell, Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horne, Mabel King.......these people weren't just talented Black performers, they were wonderfully talented people.  It lost money, unfortunately, but to me, this is just as much fun to watch as the original WIZARD OF OZ and the music did swing a lot more.

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July 16, 2009
I just love the original too much to have ever seen this. I guess that's the way a lot of people felt which is why it died at the box office. There are some things that just shouldn't be remade no matter how well they turn out because people just aren't going to be willing to accept a new version. They needed to wait until my generation was dead.
July 16, 2009
I love the original. This was still a lot of fun to watch. The music is 70s soul, which I love, and the people in it are, for the most part, excellent actors and singers. This, and TIN MAN, are both excellent alternate tellings of the original
July 16, 2009
Now I would probably be more receptive to it than I was back then.
July 16, 2009
I do love the original, but I've seen it so damned many times.... At least this, and TIN MAN, give it a bit of a new sparkle. Besides, this has such great sarcastic music. I do love Michael's one big solo..."You can't win, you can't break even.....and you can't quit the game". Such a great song.
July 16, 2009
I still don't own the dvd, can you believe that? I can't. Maybe that's why I still love it so much. But the idea of Diana Ross as Dorothy is troublesome to me. And they thought JUDY GARLAND was too old!!
July 16, 2009
Diana was too old, then, but the way they present it, you aren't overly aware of that. Diana does sing, though. By the way, I still think Nipsy Russell was one of the great intellects of the 20th century. I love his poetry. Particularly: Pro is the opposite of con the truth is plainly seen if progress means going forward then what does Congress mean?
July 17, 2009
I've never read any, but I remember he used to come up with them on his tv appearances all the time.
July 17, 2009
Sometime, when you can, try watching this. I would be most interested in what you think of it. I enjoyed it a lot
July 17, 2009
It'll be quite a while before I get around to renting it, but if it pops up on tv (which it might since Jackson is news) I'll give it a go.
 
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