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The Wizard of Oz (1939)



Critic Consensus: An absolute masterpiece whose groundbreaking visuals and deft storytelling are still every bit as resonant, The Wizard of Oz is a must-see film for young and old.

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L. Frank Baum's classic tale comes to magisterial Technicolor life! The Wizard of Oz stars legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy, an innocent farm girl whisked out of her mundane earthbound existence into a land of pure imagination. Dorothy's journey in Oz will take her through emerald forests, yellow brick roads, and creepy castles, all with the help of some unusual but earnest song-happy friends.

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Judy Garland
as Dorothy Gale
Ray Bolger
as Scarecrow/Hunk
Jack Haley
as Tin Woodman/Hickory
Bert Lahr
as Cowardly Lion/Zeke
Margaret Hamilton
as Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch
Billie Burke
as Glinda the Good Witch
Charley Grapewin
as Uncle Henry
Clara Blandick
as Auntie Em
Lee Murray
as Winged Monkey
George Ministeri
as Coach Driver
Harry Monty
as Winged Monkey/Munchkin
Harlan Briggs
as Uncle Henry's Double
Jerry Maren
as Guild Leader
Yvonne Moray
as League Dancer
Billy Bletcher
as Mayor/Lollypop Guild
Pinto Colvig
as Munchkin
Billy Curtis
as City Father
Major Doyle
as Munchkin (uncredited)
Daisy Earles
as Munchkin Villager
Harry Earles
as Guild Singer
Buddy Ebsen
as Tin Woodman on "We're Off to See the Wizard"
Lois January
as Cat Owner
Mitchell Lewis
as Head Winkie
Walter Miller
as Bespectacled Munchkin
Frank Packard
as Munchkin (uncredited)
Lillian Porter
as Munchkin (uncredited)
Jimmy Rosen
as Munchkin (uncredited)
as Toto
Carol Tevis
as Munchkin
Gus Wayne
as Munchkin
Abe Dinovitch
as Munchkin
Meinhardt Raabe
as Munchkin Coroner
Karl Slover
as Munchkin
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Critic Reviews for The Wizard of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz has been filmed with imagination. It has warmth and understanding of child psychology; it has gentle humor and a sturdy philosophical undercurrent. [It is] a rare and distinguished film that should capture the hearts of all ages.

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One cannot say that this is a rival to Disney, but it is as near to fantasy as one can get with human actors... I am under the spell of Oz.

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Young 'and old will appreciate The Wizard of Oz. I think, however, they would enjoy it more if the action had been speeded up a trifle. Nevertheless, it will be one of the season's talked about offerings and you should see it.

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Judy Garland as Dorothy and Frank Morgan as the Wizard are the most favored players and do flawless work, but the delight of many persons will be Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion.

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The Wizard of Oz will, beyond question, be accorded recognition as a milestone in motion picture history.

August 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Victor Fleming has made, with living people this time, the most delightful film of its kind since Disney's Snow White.

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Audience Reviews for The Wizard of Oz

Conceived by MGM as an answer to Walt Disney's Snow White, this sweet and colorful fable full of music and adventure will always be a pleasure to children everywhere due to its relatable characters and universal message, though it may prove a bit slow for adults nowadays.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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A classic of cinema, with a broadway musical brought to the big screen in colour. Full of memorable songs and unforgettable scenes. The new 3D presentation brings the black & white scenes to life, whilst some of the colour scenes, particularly the wider shots, are too soft, but mostly it's excellent.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

"The Wizard of Oz" will be a class in everyones eyes forever, bringing the light of day into the world of film and putting a smile on anyones face. As Dorothy dreams a dream that is unlike anything on earth, she creates a story that is one of the most brilliant telling in the history of film. I absolutely love this movie from start to finish. From it's clever dialogue, to it's hilarious acting, to the true heart of the story, this film surpasses any film of it's kind. Easily one of my favourites. New techniques and editing, the directors of this film (Victor Fleming and King Vidor) make it a wonder to behold! Absolutely stunning filmmaking!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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