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 The youngest of the three is emotionally withdrawn with a gift for playing video games.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 game...it's the chance of a lifetime. (taglines)

Dialogue[edit]

[Sam is making a casserole for lunch.]
Corey: [disgusted] 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? Huh?

[Sam and Nick are on the road looking for Corey and Jimmy]
Sam: [waking Nick up] Hey. Hey!
Nick: [tired] Hmm?
Sam: Where the Hell are we? [takes a bite of a donut while driving]
Nick: [groans] What is that? Donuts?
Sam: Yeah. So?
Nick: That's disgusting.
Sam: Ha, ha! From 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, please.
[a girl named Haley lowers the magazine she's reading.]
Bus Clerk: You got some place specific in mind or would you just like to be dumped at the border?
Corey: Is Los Angeles specific enough?
[Haley lowers her sunglasses]
Bus Clerk: That's $226.
Corey: Well, we only have 27 dollars and 30 cents. Where does that get us?
Bus Clerk: Nowhere. It is $34 just to get to St. George, Utah.
Corey: That's it?
[Corey sees police car come in]
Police Radio: Hey, Scotty, some of those high school kids are up on the ridge throwing rocks at the highway again. Chase 'em on home, will ya? Over.
[Corey pushes Jimmy away from arcade cabinet and ushers him into backroom but turns back in shock]
Corey [shocked] 50,000? You got 50,000 on Double Dragon?
[Corey and Jimmy go into the back room. Haley sees police officer come in.]
Police Officer: Hey, Chester.
Bus Clerk: Hi, Mike.
Officer Mike: Here's Mrs. Johnson's complaints this month.
Chester, the Bus Clerk: Not again.
[Haley goes into the back room.]
Corey: [to Jimmy] How'd you do that? You only played for five minutes. How the Hell did you get 50,000 on Double Dragon? I never got 50,000 on Double Dragon. How'd you do it?
Haley: Hi. I'm Haley. If you don't tell me what you're doing, I'm going to scream.
Corey: Uh, could you scream quietly?
Haley: What, do you think I'm stupid? I saw you look at that cop. What's his problem?
Corey: He's just shy.
Haley: Shy a few bricks, I'd say.
Corey: No, he's okay. He just kicked ass on Double Dragon.
Haley: Get out of here, him?
Corey: Yeah, he could wax your tail.
Haley: No way.
Corey: Wanna bet?
Haley: What are you willing to bet?
Corey: 6 dollars and 70 cents.
Haley: I don't have 6 dollars and 70 cents.
Corey: Well, that's okay, 'cause, uh, you got a bus ticket. You can cash it in.

Lucas: So...you The Wizard?
Corey: No, he is. [meaning Jimmy]
[Lucas' goons laugh.]
Lucas: This guy? I don't get it, is he like a poster child for someone?
Haley: For your information, butthead, he's headed for the Video Championships in Los Angeles.
Lucas: [feigns shock] Oh, is that right? Well, let's just see how good he is, then. [to goons.] Guys? [his goons hand him his games.] Pick any game you want. I'm good at all of them. I have 97 of them.
Haley: You know all 97 of them?
[Lucas nods his head and smiles. Scene cuts to Lucas' case being opened, revealing the Power Glove. Lucas takes it out and puts it on.]
Haley: [to Corey] What is that?
Corey: [to Haley] I don't know.
Lucas: [enters Prog.-9-Enter-Enter, and pushes Start.] The Power Glove. [he plays Rad Racer with the Power Glove. After he crosses the finish line, he turns around and looks at Corey, Haley and Jimmy.]
Haley: [intrigued] Jeez.
Lucas: [smugly] I love the Power Glove. It's so bad.
Corey: [to Lucas] Yeah, well, uh, just keep your Power Gloves off her, pal. Huh? [Jimmy looks at Haley and Corey.] [to Jimmy] Go ahead, Jimmy. Show him what you got. [Jimmy stares] Go ahead! [Jimmy runs out.] Hey--Hey, Jimmy! [runs after Jimmy]
Lucas: [stops Haley briefly] By the way, I'm headed to the Championships, too.

[last lines]
Mr. Bateman: What? What's going on?
Corey: It's all of us. [shows picture] It was taken here. [to Jimmy] Jimmy. Jimmy, is this California? [Jimmy nods.] I guess he wanted to leave her in a place where she was happy. [Jimmy closes lunchbox.] I guess he wanted to say good bye.
Sam: [emotionally] Jim? [he and Jimmy hug]
Christine: [emotionally] Why don't you take our boys home, Sam? [Corey smiles.] We'll talk when we get back to town.
Sam: [kisses Jimmy] [to Corey] Come on. [he and Corey hug] Let's go.
[Sam and Nick drive Jimmy, Haley, and Corey home. Haley kisses Jimmy on his cheek, and then she kisses Corey on his cheek. Jimmy then kisses Haley on her cheek as she giggles.]

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]

Taglines[edit]

  • 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.
  • It's more than a game... It's the chance of a lifetime.

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