The Wizard of Oz

Released 1939




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Victor Fleming
When a tornado hits her Kansas home, Dorothy Gale wakes to find herself in a mysterious land where she meets three very special friends who help her in her quest to get back home. The magical tale of The Wizard of Oz airs every holiday season.


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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This is one vintage film that fully lives up to its classic status and should play with outstanding success to contemporary audiences of all ages.

  • 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Wizard of Oz remains the weirdest, scariest, kookiest, most haunting and indelible kid-flick-that's-really-for-adults ever made in Hollywood.

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Peter Stack

    This wonderful romp of a movie looks magical on the big screen: colors are a picnic for the eyes, details loom so clearly you can practically touch them and there's a sense of the ...

Judy Garland

Judy Garland


Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton

Miss Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West

Ray Bolger

Ray Bolger

Hunk / The Scarecrow

Frank Morgan

Frank Morgan

The Wizard of Oz / The Gatekeeper / The Guard / The Carriage Driver / Professor Marvel

Bert Lahr

Bert Lahr

Zeke / The Cowardly Lion

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Pat Walshe, who played Nikko the flying monkey, died in 1991 at the age of 91.
      Meinhardt Raabe, who played a Munchkin, died in 2010. She was the last surviving member of the cast that had any dialogue.

    • In the original story, the ruby slippers were actually silver.

    • Margaret Hamilton played three roles in the film: Almira Gulch, the Wicked Witch of
      the West, and the Wicked Witch of the East. Her role as the Wicked Witch of the East was in the short scene when Dorothy is in the tornado and sees Almira Gulch on her bike transform to the witch. It is also the only time in the film that a unique character to Oz is seen in black and white.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Munchkin Coroner: As coroner I must aver I thoroughly examined her. And she's not only merely
      dead, she's really most sincerely dead!

    • Dorothy: (noticing the horse changing colors) What kind of a horse is that? I've never seen a horse like that before!

      The Coachman: No, and never will again, I fancy! There's only one of him, and he's it. He's the Horse of a Different Color you've heard tell about!

    • Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
      Scarecrow: I don't know...but some people without brains do a nawful lot of talking, don't they?

    • The Wizard of Oz: I AM OZ....the Great and Powerful! Who are you?

    • Dorothy: Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home...home! And this is my room and you're all here and I'm not going to leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all! And...oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home!

    • Dorothy: There's no place like home; there's no place like home; there's no place like home...

    • The Wizard of Oz: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! The Great Oz has spoken!

    • Wicked Witch of the West: (after Dorothy doused her with water) Ohhh! You cursed brat! Look what you've done! I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness! Ohhh! Look out! Look out! I'm going! Ohhhh...Ohhhhhhhhhh!

    • Wicked Witch of the West: (to Glinda)Very well, I'll bide my time. (to Dorothy) And as for you, my fine lady, it's true I can't attend to you here and now as I'd like; but just try to stay out of my way, just try! I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!

    • Cowardly Lion: (singing to Dorothy) Yeah, it's sad, believe me, Missy,
      When you're born to be a sissy,
      Without the vim and verve.
      But I could show my prowess,
      Be a lion, not a "mowess,"
      If I only had the nerve.

    • Tin Man: (singing) When a man's an empty kettle,
      He should be on his mettle,
      And yet I'm torn apart.
      Just because I'm presumin'
      That I could be kinda human
      If I only had a heart.

    • Scarecrow: Why, if I had a brain I could...
      (begins to sing) I could wile away the hours,
      Conferrin' with the flowers,
      Consultin' with the rain.
      And my head I'd be scratchin'
      While my thoughts were busy hatchin'
      If I only had a brain.

    • Dorothy: Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow!

  • NOTES (2)


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Pre-Teens, Tweens, Musicals, Family Dramas