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The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical film directed by Victor Fleming (and uncredited others) from a script mostly by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, with uncredited contributions by others. It was based on the 1900 children's novel of the same name by L. Frank Baum, with fantasy elements. It features Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan, with Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin, Clara Blandick and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins. Notable in its use of special effects, use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling and unusual characters, The Wizard of Oz has become, over the years, one of the best known of all films. Its impact, however, was not nearly as strongly felt at the time of its original release.

Dorothy Gale, a 12-year-old Kansas farmgirl, is knocked unconscious during a tornado. She, her dog Toto, and the farmhouse are transported to the magical Land of Oz. She sets out on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz to return her to Kansas. During her journey, she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Cowardly Lion, who join her, hoping to receive what they lack themselves (a brain, a heart and courage, respectively). They are pursued by the Wicked Witch of the West, who wants her dead sister's magic ruby slippers, now worn by Dorothy.

Initially, The Wizard of Oz made only a small profit due to its enormous budget, despite largely favorable critical reviews. "Over the Rainbow" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the film itself received several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Telecasts of the film began in 1956, and because of them the film has found a larger audience—its television screenings were once an annual tradition and have re-introduced the film to the public, making The Wizard of Oz one of the most famous films ever made. The Library of Congress named The Wizard of Oz as the most-watched film in history. It is often ranked among the top ten best movies of all-time in various critics' and popular polls, and it has provided many memorable quotes.
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CastFrank Morgan, Clara Blandick, Margaret Hamilton, Charles Grapewin, Billie Burke, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, The Singer Midgets
DirectorVictor Fleming
Genre:  Adventure, Classics, Family, Fantasy, Music, Musical
Release Date:  1939
Screen WriterNoel Langley, Edgar Allan Woolf
DVD Release Date:  2005
Runtime:  103 minutes
Studio:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment
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review by . September 24, 2009
   Anyone growing up in the 60's can remember that this movie was an annual must see TV event! Even 40 years later it still is as fresh as when it was first released. They don't make em like this anymore and it is quite a shame. The innocent Dorothy, conked on the head during a tornado, is mysteriously transported to a world that comes alive with color. She awakens in the psychedelic land of the Munchkins and immediately becomes a target for the Wicked Witch of the West. Protected by …
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
One of my favorite films of all-time and one of my favorite DVDs in my collection. Who doesn't love a flying monkey anyway? Plus Toto rules!
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