The Wizard

They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a game...it's the chance of a lifetime.

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Podcast Release Date:
Jan 14, 2018

It’s not sexist, it’s romantic. Like Legend of Zelda.

Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have video games on the brain in 2018, and it’s led them back to the 1989 family film The Wizard. / Future rocker Jenny Lewis convinces TV star Fred Savage that his special needs half-brother Jimmy has the Nintendo skills to pay their bills. The trio hit the open road hoping to hustle gamers in every arcade from Reno to Los Angeles. But will a bully in a Power Glove stop their winning streak once Jimmy enters a high-stakes Super Mario 3 contest? Sign up today to be a Now Playing Patron and find out!

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Movie Details

Series
Individual Movie Reviews
Original Title
The Wizard
Title
The Wizard
Director
Todd Holland
Author
Producer
Ken Topolsky, David Chisholm
Writer
David Chisholm
Actors
Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis, Beau Bridges, Christian Slater, Vince Trankina, Jackey Vinson, Wendy Phillips, Sam McMurray, Will Seltzer, Frank McRae, Marisa DeSimone, Thomas Stanczyk, Dea McAllister, Beth Grant, Lee Arenberg, Steven Grives, Roy Conrad, Roderick Dexter, Ray Bickel, Chuck Skinner, W.K. Cowan, William C. Thompson, Sonny Dukes, T. Dan Hopkins, Jason Oliver Lipsett, Rowden Metzger, Preston Lee, Gregor Hesse, Tom Kerley, Gene Skillen, Blair Anthony, Jacqueline Lear, Valana C. Hatter, Terri Lynn Neish, Zed Frizzelle, Jim Pirri, David D'Ovidio, Neo Edmund, Candace Hill, Tobey Maguire
Runtime
1 h 40 min
Release Date
15 December 1989
Genres
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Overview
Corey refuses to let his emotionally disturbed younger brother Jimmy be institutionalized, and the two run away together. They soon join forces with a resourceful girl, who notices that Jimmy has a special talent: he is a "wizard" at video games and can achieve 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 national video game championships in California.

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