Alternate Versions. Rate This. An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience. Director: Sidney Lumet. Writers: L. Frank Baum novel , William F. Related News William F. Eye Candy Redux. Sidney Lumet. Share this Rating Title: The Wiz 5. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Nominated for 4 Oscars.
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Animation Comedy Family. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Diana Ross Dorothy Michael Jackson Scarecrow Nipsey Russell Tinman Ted Ross Evillene Theresa Merritt Aunt Em Thelma Carpenter Miss One Lena Horne Glinda the Good Richard Pryor Uncle Henry Clyde J. Subway Peddler Derrick Bell Who did they get to play Dorothy? Her name is Shanice Williams and she is a total newcomer.
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They found her at an open casting call for the part, which is sort of nice and refreshing. Man, does she have a voice on her.
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Now those are some stars of a different color. Who else? With all of your friends, digital or otherwise, screaming about how crazy it is and probably more than a little bit of wine. What is The Wiz? You mean The Wiz Live! Why are you shouting? No, the exclamation point is in the title. Which is a giant playground tagged up with lots of graffiti. When Dorothy came down from the sky she crashed through a big "Oz" sign above the Munchkins playground.
In the middle of the bright glowing sign was a large "Z", which made the sign crush Evamene to death. Evamene was the Wicked Witch of the East aka the "Parks Department Commissioner" who just happened to be walking under the sign at that very moment but was unseen.
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And once she is killed the curse on Munchkinland is immediately broken. This automatically awakens the Munchkins , who were flattened onto the walls of the playground and doomed to be graffiti forever as punishment by Evamene for spray painting on her playground walls.
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The Munchkins rejoice and thank Dorothy for setting them all free and show Dorothy the dead Witch as she lies crushed under the broken Z. However, Dorothy doesn't understand whats going on and has no clue where she is, as she demands answers to all the chaos happening around her. He's The Wiz!
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He will help her find a way back home and is the only powerful one to do so. Miss One then reminds Dorothy to never take the Silver Shoes off and to watch out for the poison Poppies. Dorothy is eager to seek the Wiz, but the problem is she can't find the road as there is no road around in sight. Soon As I Get Home.
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The Scarecrow gets tormented on a daily basis by a group of bullying crows You Can't Win. Dorothy decides to stand up for the Scarecrow and tells Toto to scare the crows off so she can help the Scarecrow and save him from the crows. In return he chooses to accompany Dorothy on her journey to see the Wiz for a brain.
So they quickly invite him on their journey so he can ask the Wiz for a heart, right after they oil him up first Slide Some Oil To Me. They all get angry at the beast but soon feel sorry after he says he isnt brave and wishes for some courage.