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The Wiz (1978)

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An adaption of 'The Wizard of Oz' that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience. Dorothy, a young African-American kindergarten teacher leaves a large family dinner one night to chase after her dog during a New York City snowstorm and gets swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the urban version of the land of Oz.
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Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nearly as lame as its reputation suggests.
November 20, 2002
Among many faults, Diana Ross is miscast
August 14, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum
This one's so bad it's good, but not so good that I'd say that it isn't bad.
April 01, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette
Flat-footed screen version of a jubilant show; a miscast mess, sad to say
July 15, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A total misfire; Ross was too old for Dorothy. Badly dated, doesn't hold up at all.
August 30, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It lost its magic.
May 23, 2011
Sidney Lumet's all-black musical, starring Diana Ross, is a failed effort to transfer the setting of the Judy Graland musical to contempo Manhattan.
May 08, 2011
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