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The Wiz

Directed by: Sidney Lumet [1978]

Diana Ross and Michael Jackson star in this fantastic, fun-filled spectacular musical based on the smash hit Broadway show which in turn was drawn from L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". In this Motown production, Dorothy [Diana Ross] is a shy Harlem kindergarten teacher who is whisked to a wonderland to follow the yellow brick road. Michael Jackson is the Scarecrow who wants a brain, along with Nipsey Russel as the Tin Man searching for a heart, Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion, Lena Horne as Glinda the Good Witch and Richard Pryor as the Oz's great wizard. With such a cast, exciting musical numbers and fabulous visual effects, "The Wiz" will reach every generation of movie-goers.

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Produced by: Rob Cohen
Screenplay by: Joel Schumacher
Executive Producer: Ken Harper
Editor: Dede Allen
Original Musical Score by: Charlie Smalls
Music Adapted & Supervised by: Quincy Jones
Production Desgin and Customes by: Tony Walton
Choreography by: Louis Johnson
Special Visual Effects by: Albert Whitlock
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris, B.S.C.
Matte Photography: Bill Taylor & Dennis Glouner
Special Make-Up Designed by: Stan Winston
Make-Up Supervision: Robert Laden
Make-Up Artists: Carl Fullerton, Michael R. Thomas, S. Cunningham & A. Weisinger
Art Direction: Philip Rosenberg
DVD Release Date: April 13, 1999
Interesting Facts:
Michael Jackson's song "You Can't Win" was originally written for the stage version, for the Winkies to sing to Dorothy about the futility of escaping from Evillene. The song was cut from the play during pre-Broadway tryouts but was included in the film as the Scarecrow's song.

In his book "Making Movies," Sidney Lumet admitted that a production number that was supposed to take place at the plaza of the World Trade Center was cut because the high winds there disrupted filming.

Simultaneously with the release of the film, Congoleum, the flooring company that created the Yellow Brick Road for the film, marketed the same design [called "Yellow Brick Road"] for home use.

This was the first film shot at Kaufman Astoria Studios when it was reopened in the 1970s.

In the Emerald City sequence, Quincy Jones is shown as the pianist, but the actual piano player on the soundtrack is Richard Tee.