The Wiz Movie Review

This Broadway mainstay is horrifying -- nightmare-inducing, really. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Nipsey Russell make for a triple threat of overacting and bad costumes in this Harlem-set bastardization of The Wizard of Oz. Ted Ross, as the cowardly lion, is the only one to escape relatively unscathed. There's one song here worth remembering (the "Follow the Yellow Brick Road" update "Ease on Down the Road"), the rest is an acid trip of bad dancing, garish sets, and a Joel Schumacher-scripted mess that runs 135 agonizing minutes. Thank God for the irreverent Richard Pryor as the titular Wiz.

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Anything that has Michael Jackson in it will be the pits. Quincy Jones agrees with that sentiment. He's turned Jacko down in recent years.This "guy" is a bad actor, period. If he had cleaned up his habits and left little boys alone, he might have be able to pick up the pieces and move on. He did not, out and out refused to acknowledge his issues, and stated that he would continue sleeping with other people's little boys.That's just plain wrong, especially when he's the one doing it.news://alt.music.michael-jackson

8 years 4 months ago
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I loved all the songs, and the dance routines, the actors were excellent, and even that early you could see that Michael Jackson is not only a genius in music but also that he is a very talented actor... It was dazzling and colorful, kind of a modern Wiz, and the only part that was so to speak unusual to me, was that Dorothy wasn't a little girl but a grown lady. Nevertheless, I enjoyed watching it and own both the dvd and the soundrack. It is interesting how some critics are so one-sided but that only gives us a good picture about their unprofessional, cranky selves... or maybe jelous?

8 years 8 months ago
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i enjoyed the wiz. Michael Jackson was great, he brought some high energy into the film and his acting was good too.

7 years 5 months ago
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sunday

I rememberthe Wiz when it came out and i love Michael in it. He was amazing in it and i remember how every loved that movieand thought mike was wonderful.

8 years 5 months ago
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i loved the wiz.that movie was and is still great.michael is talented as a singer,dancer,and actor.and as a writer.i don`t care what critics thoughtabout that movie.that movie came out the sameyear i was born.and it`s one of my favoritemovies of all time.he brought life to thecharacter of the scarecrow.and he should beproud to have been apart of it.as should therest of the cast.

6 years 11 months ago
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tea

I LOVED the Wiz. Don't believe the critics. Remember how many films there are that critics slandered and then they end up having Oscars!

8 years 6 months ago
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tim33188

This movies was hilariously horrible. i almost fell out of my seat by the time i got to the scare crow (michaeil jackson). don't EVER try to mimic the classic Wizard of ozz, and if you do..dont be as retarded as this one was. seriously, what were these people thinking.

6 years 5 months ago
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The person who wrote this review is OBVIOUSLY a tabloid-junkie bigoted MJ hater, w/ a major chip on his shoulder because some1 did something horrible to him as a child. It's also quite clear that he ONLY watched this AFTER Michael's tragic 2009 death, because if he had had seen it beforehand he would've appreciated the wonder of it. Is it the perfect movie...? No. But it is enjoyable to watch because Michael makes it all worthwhile. Back when it was 1st released it was Michael who continually praised by reviewers & it was Michael every1 came to see. (I remember... I was in the audience as a 10 year old.) To the reviewer who was to much of a punk bitch to add his own name, I say get the f*** over it. Michael did nothing to you or to any1. Now just do us all a favor, & stfu, as you ease on down the road.

3 years 2 months ago
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i have always been a fan of michael jackson when he played on broadway in the wiz i took my children there and they loved it but first of all i met micheal jackson when he came to saratoga performing arts center when he was one of the jackson five. even thiough he has had his troubles he is still a human been and no one can judge him but GOD, so leave him alone

8 years 2 months ago
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The Wiz was a great movie when I first saw it at the age of 4. I have loved it since and still love it today. All the music stuck in my head form the age of 4 and I can recite and sing every song from the movie today. Great movie for the time it was made, remember it was made in 1978.

8 years 3 weeks ago
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The Wiz Rating

" Terrible "

Rating: G, 1978

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