The Wizard of Oz

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Released 1939

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Director:
Victor Fleming
Released:
1939
Rating:
G
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.

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 ...

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Greatest Fantasy Film of All Time

    10
    This is truly one of the greatest films ever made. It had one of the best songs ever made, Over the Rainbow, very beautiful settings, one of the first films to take advantage of the new Technicolor technology, and even to this day is often referenced. The special effects are amazing and this was 1939 and in fact the special effects are even better than some effects I've seen in more modern movies. And at the end of the movie, we all learn that there's no place like home.moreless
  • The Greatest Theatrical Film of All Time!!!! :D

    10
    Ever since I was little, the one film that I have enjoyed watching more than any other is the timeless masterpiece of "The Wizard of Oz." The movie industry was still relatively young in 1939, and nobody had any idea what a movie could truly do or what a movie was capable of doing. But after the movie's grand premiere, it has become clear that this film is magic in more ways than one. The acting, the dialogue, the film sets/scenery, the props, and the staging of the film are all perfect by themselves, but what really makes this movie outstanding is just how ahead of its time many of the special effects contained in this film actually are! So many things were attempted for the first time in this movie, and all of those things were accomplished completely right on the very first try! :D A twister picking up and swirling around a house? Done! A Kansas woman transforming into a Wicked Witch? Done! The transition from Sepia-toned Kansas to the technicolor landscape of Oz? Done! Glinda's magical bubble transportation? Done! The Ruby Slippers? Done! The Wicked Witch's bag of tricks? Done! Talking Trees? Done! Magical snow? Done! The Emerald City? Done! The Horse of a Different Color? Done! The great and powerful Oz with his giant floating head and smokescreen display? Done! The Flying Monkeys? Done! The Ruby Slippers hurting the Wicked Witch of the West with powerful magic? Done! The Wicked Witch of the West melting into a puddle of water? Done! Getting sent back to Kansas? Done, cut, print, and wrapped! No other movie would come anywhere CLOSE to matching the incredible amount of genius and ingenuity this movie contains, for a very long time! And even then, this movie STILL remains in a grade all by itself! :idea: That's why this movie is now and will always remain the best movie ever! 8) Enough said, true believers! ;)moreless
Bert Lahr

Bert Lahr

Zeke / The Cowardly Lion

Clara Blandick

Clara Blandick

Auntie Em

Frank Morgan

Frank Morgan

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

Judy Garland

Judy Garland

Dorothy

Billie Burke

Billie Burke

Glinda

Ray Bolger

Ray Bolger

Hunk / The Scarecrow

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  • 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!

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Pre-Teens, Tweens, Musicals, Family Dramas