The Wizard

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The Wizard is a 1989 adventure comedy-drama film. The film follows three children as they travel to California. The youngest of the three is emotionally withdrawn with a gift for playing video games. The Wizard is famous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the Nintendo Entertainment System and has been called a feature-length commercial. The film was also well known for being North America's introduction to what would become one of the best-selling video games of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3. Over time, the film has gained somewhat of a cult following.

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


[Sam is making a casserole for lunch.]
Corey: Is that something original dad?
Sam: I'm trying to cook you guys a decent meal. You can't be living off burgers and pizza.
Nick: It cannot possibly belong to one of the four major food groups.
Sam: It's a casserole genius. Doesn't it look like a casserole to you?

[Sam and Nick are on the road looking for Corey and Jimmy]
Sam: (waking Nick up) Hey, where the hell are we? (takes a bite of a donut while driving)
Nick: What is that? Donuts?
Sam: Yeah. So?
Nick: That's disgusting.
Sam: Ha, ha! Fron the guy who steals my pickup, who stays up drinking, the guy with a foul mouth, that's a compliment.

Corey: Two tickets to California.
Ticket agent: OK, you got a more specific geographic location in mind or would you just like to dropped off at the border?
Corey: L.A. is fine.
Ticket agent: Very well. That will be $226.
Corey: $226?? Where does $27.30 get us?
Ticket agent: Nowhere. It is $34 just to get to Saint George, Utah.
Jimmy is playing video game. Corey sees policeman come in and ushers Jimmy into backroom, which is noticed by a girl named Haley
Corey: Come on pushes Jimmy away from arcade cabinet
Corey{talking to himself}: 50,000 points??
Haley: What is his problem?
Corey: He is quite shy.
Haley: Shy a few bricks, I'd say.
Corey: He just kicked ass on Double Dragon.
Haley: Sure, a little kid did that. I would bet you/
Corey: OK, for...$6.70.
Haley: I do not have six dollars and seventy cents.
Corey: No? Well you do have this. motions that she is holding a bus ticket

Lucas: I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.

Corey: 50,000? You got 50,000 on Double Dragon?

Quotes about The Wizard[edit]

  • ... a thinly disguised commercial for Nintendo video games and the Universal studio tour. [...] "The Wizard" is finally just a cynical exploitation film with a lot of commercial plugs in it, and it is so insanely overwritten and ineptly directed that it will disappoint just about everybody and serve them right for going in the first place.
  • "The Wizard" is nothing but a commercial for Nintendo games, except when it's plugging Universal Studios' own theme parks. Hollywood hucksters, zap them, have borrowed from Japanese game-pushers in this shameless attempt to sucker America's children.
    • Rita Kempley, Washington Post, 1989-12-15 [2]


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

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