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Return to Oz (1985)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Director:

Walter Murch

Writers:

Walter Murch (screenplay), Gill Dennis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fairuza Balk ... Dorothy
Nicol Williamson ... Dr. Worley / Nome King
Jean Marsh ... Nurse Wilson / Mombi
Piper Laurie ... Aunt Em
Matt Clark ... Uncle Henry
Michael Sundin ... Tik-Tok
Tim Rose ... Tik-Tok
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Tik-Tok (voice)
Mak Wilson ... Billina
Denise Bryer Denise Bryer ... Billina (voice)
Brian Henson ... Jack Pumpkinhead (voice)
Stewart Harvey-Wilson Stewart Harvey-Wilson ... Jack Pumpkinhead (as Stewart Larange)
Lyle Conway ... Gump (voice)
Stephen Norrington ... Gump (as Steve Norrington)
Justin Case ... Scarecrow
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Storyline

Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz and is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure. Written by Nichola McDougall

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Taglines:

If there's one thing you must do this summer, it's "Return to Oz..." See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oz See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,844,895, 23 June 1985

Gross USA:

$11,137,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,137,801
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie Mombi enchants Ozma into the mirror after the Nome king promised Mombi the heads of the dancing girls if she keeps Ozma a secret. In L. Frank Baum's original novel "The Marvelous Land of Oz," it is the wizard who brought the baby Ozma to Mombi, who hides the girl away in a transformed state. See more »

Goofs

When Dorothy is locked in the tower room in Mombi's palace, the view reveals that Oz is flat and the Deadly Desert can be seen plainly. In the Wizard of Oz (both the book and the 1939 film), it's implied that Oz is very hilly and mountainous and the edge of the country is a long way from the Emerald City, too far to be seen at such a height. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aunt Em: Can't you sleep?
[Dorothy shakes her head]
Aunt Em: It's past 1:00 in the morning, Dorothy.
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Alternate Versions

When it was aired on the Disney channel, the following were cut: When "Ozma girl" unties Dorothy from the bed in the doctor's room, the line where she tells Dorothy that the screaming patients are locked in the cellar is cut. When Dorothy first visits Mombi, much is cut. A lot of shots of the heads behind the glass are cut, and so is a lot of footage when Mombi puts on her head. Because of this, a line is cut where she asks Dorothy how she looks, and Dorothy tells her she looks beautiful. In the TV version, it cuts straight to the line, "And just who might you be?" When Mombi wakes up, many shots of the screaming heads and EVERY shot of the headless Mombi trying to get Dorothy is cut. A few seconds of footage of the Nome King's death are cut, including when his eye turns to stone, and some of the "poison" shots. See more »

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Return to Oz-not better than Wizard of!
27 February 1999 | by EstellaSee all my reviews

I've read all the other comments regarding Return to Oz, and would like to add my own. I to love Return to Oz, but do not think that it is any better then The Wizard of Oz, and you shouldn't compare the two, since they are two totally different films (and Return to Oz is NOT the sequel to the Judy Garland classic as many people wrongly assume) made in toally different times. I find both Judy and Farzua pleasing and believable Dorothys-so what if poor Judy was made to have her chest taped flat during filming? Does that make her any less believable? I don't think so. Despite the fact Judy was 16 at time of filming, she still made a beautifully sweet Dorothy and her performance in the film is no less believable than that of Fazura Balks. These two films are both classics in they're own rights and the two Dorothys both brilliant.


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