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The Wizard

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Fred Savage stars in this warm-hearted family adventure that features the excitement and thrills of video game competition. Corey (Savage) refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy (Luke Edwards) be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl (Jenny Lewis), who notices that Jimmy has a special talent: he is a "wizard" at video games and gets the high score on absolutely everything he plays. Evading their parents and a sinister bounty hunter, the trio head for a climactic showdown at the video game championships in California. Co-starring Beau Bridges and Christian Slater, it's an inside look at the world of video gamers that will have you cheering the whole way!


Less raunchy than Tommy and more conventional than Tron, The Wizard also revolves around gaming. There's even a Bridges on board. In Tron it was Jeff, in The Wizard it's Beau. As opposed to the rock opera’s pinball-playing "deaf, dumb, and blind kid," however, quasi-catatonic Jimmy (Luke Edwards) is a video game wiz. While the nine-year-old lives with his mother, half-brothers Corey (Fred Savage, circa The Wonder Years) and Nick (Christian Slater, fresh from Heathers) live with their father, Sam (Bridges). When Jimmy, who recently lost his sister, is placed in a home, Corey busts him out for a trip to California. (Today, Jimmy's condition would be labeled post-traumatic stress disorder.) As they're leaving Utah, they join forces with gaming enthusiast Haley (Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis), who suggests LA's National Video Game Championships. So, off they go by foot, skateboard, and the kindness of strangers. Sam, Nick, and obnoxious bounty hunter Putnam (Will Seltzer) are close behind. The outcome may be a foregone conclusion--the fractured family makes their peace--but The Wizard still offers a nostalgic, Nintendo-laden look at 1980s gamer culture (Power Glove, Super Mario Bros. 3, etc.). Plus, sharp-eyed viewers will spot Toby Maguire milling around before the showdown at Universal Studios Theme Park. If not for the hitchhiking, gambling, and reckless automotive destruction--after Putnam takes a knife to Sam's tires, Sam smashes his headlights with a shovel--the movie would be appropriate for all ages. In other words, it earns its PG rating. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Details

  • Actors: Fred Savage, Jenny Lewis, Luke Edwards, Christian Slater, Beau Bridges
  • Directors: Todd Holland
  • Writers: David Chisholm
  • Producers: David Chisholm, Ken Topolsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FVQLM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,379 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wizard" on IMDb

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"The Wizard" is somewhat of a cult 80's movie that is fantastic to watch. Actually, I should qualify that. The movie is dated. I think even for '89 it was terribly dated. But if you were a child of the 80's then you could certainly relate to this movie and you will appreciate everything it stands for.

"The Wizard" stars The Wonder Years star, Fred Savage as Corey Woods. Corey is trying to save his younger brother from being institutionalized. Luke Edwards plays The Wizard, aka Jimmy Woods; an emotionally crippled little boy who has trouble articulating his thoughts.

The first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie are somewhat slow-moving. But it really picks up once Corey and Jimmy hit the road and meet Haley. Eighties tween-movie maven, Jenny Lewis plays the part of the very grown-up Haley extraordinarily. They all finally come up with a plan once they see Jimmy ace a video game at a bus station.

So, Jimmy, Haley and Corey all set out to hitch across 3 states (UT and NV) to make it to the video game championships (in CA.) I know this is a little far-fetched and maybe even a little screw-ballish. But think of it from a kid's perspective (after all this is a kid's movie.) Along the way, they have a few adventures in Reno while Jimmy bones up on his gaming. They also have to dodge Tate. Vince Trankina plays Tate, a smarmy detective hired by Jimmy's parents to track him down. It was so funny when Haley screamed, "he touched my breasts" and the security men all carry him out of the casino before he could run off with Jimmy!

They all finally make it to CA, with the help of a trucker that Haley has befriended. Once at the championships, Corey's father and brother also show up looking for them (Christian Slater played Nick & Beau Bridges played Sam Woods.
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This is one of those movies that will have you reminiscing to your childhood. Well, if you grew up in the 80's anyway. It is esentially a full-length Nintendo commercial but it's so much fun. Fresh-faced Fred Savage is Corey, the brother of Jimmy, a painfully-quiet kid who is secretly a Nintendo prodigy. When Corey learns that Jimmy may get taken to a home for kids with special needs, he kidnaps his brother and the two go on an adventure to California. Of course, they come across the evil goon that their mother has hired to bring them back and countless thugs who don't like losing their hard-earned money in a Nintendo hustle. But that's nothing compared to Jimmy's cocky arch nemesis, Lucas, the flamboyant Apollo Creed to Jimmy's Rocky Balboa who owns every Nintendo game in existence as well as the unstoppable Power Glove accessory that allows him to make short work of his opposition.
"The Wizard" is about as shameless as commercial films get but it is entertaining. Having the top male TV heart throb in a movie that pretty much advertises every Nintendo game ever made at the time is sure to make a nice amount of bank. Throwing in Christian Slater wasn't a bad touch either. This ranks right up there with "True Romance" as his finest performance. The surprise cameo appearance by the never-before-seen "Super Mario Bros. 3" was impressive in its own right.
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I absolutely love this movie! It's right up there with 'The 'Burbs' and 'The Lost Boys.' Okay, sue me. I'm a sucker for corny 80's movies, but can you blame me? I'm not a real big fan of todays over the top special effects...I mean, what are they trying to prove? On another note, of course this was probably the biggest advertisement Nintendo ever had or ever will have, but you can't sit there and say you didn't buy into it. This movie also hooked me onto the song, "Send Me An Angel" by Real Life. For people who haven't seen this movie before, I would highly advise that you see it if you are a fan of 80's movies. Don't expect anything too fancy out of this, but that's the fun part about it. It's a great storyline all the same without the glitz and glamour that Hollywood can shove into a movie and make you go crazy.
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This is the movie that reminds me of my childhood more than anything. Mostly it's because of the Nintendo. I was a junkie by age 9 when this movie came out. But the other big reason I loved this movie is because I identified with Jimmy, the autistic kid who goes on to become the video game champion. I was diagnosed as being autistic (wrongly, but still...) because I'm so quiet like Jimmy. This movie proves to me that the little quiet kid can triumph over the older punk who "has all 88 games." Sadly, Lucas Edwards (Jimmy) is now on MTV's Undressed. Is nothing sacred? This movie gives you anything you want. There are scenes of action (Beau Bridges getting into fights with the cop searching for the kids), humor (Jimmy and Corey hiding in the back of a Hostess cupcake van), terror (when those farmers find them in the back of their truck with the pigs), and the first time we hear Jimmy speak, when he's looking at a map of the US saying "California... California..."
I was just thinking of that quote where Lucas takes out his Power Glove and says "I love the power glove.... it's so bad" when I saw that quote mentioned in a review below. That is no doubt a line that will live on for eternity.
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