The Wiz

1978 G 2h 15m DVD

The Wiz

1978 G 2h 15m DVD
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Motown's Oscar-nominated take on L. Frank Baum's ageless tale stars Diana Ross as Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy, who exits a family gathering to search for her lost pooch, Toto, gets caught in a blizzard and is transported to the magical land of Oz.
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter, Lena Horne, Richard Pryor, Stanley Greene
Sidney Lumet
DVD Streaming
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 4.0
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children. -
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this musical retelling of the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, features an all African-American cast and songs with a contemporary (well, 1970s, anyway) flair. The big numbers are catchy, and though some of the villains seem a bit more creepy and threatening than the original film, it's still good, family fun.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Some of the bad guys can be pretty creepy and the Wicked Witch is definitely bad news, though the fight scenes, such as they are, are more like ominous dance sequences than actual fisticuffs.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion are all, at times, handicapped by self-imposed fears and insecurities, and they all manage to overcome these burdens and discover their hidden strengths.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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