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The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988)

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. ... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Jittlov

Writers:

Mike Jittlov, Richard Kaye (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Jittlov Mike Jittlov ... Mike Jittlov / The Wizard / Torch Carrier (Wizard Film)
Richard Kaye Richard Kaye ... Harvey Bookman
Paige Moore Paige Moore ... Cindy Lite / Dancer / Pretty Hitchhiker (Wizard Film)
Deven Chierighino Deven Chierighino ... Brian Lucas / Photographer (Wizard Film) (as David Conrad)
Steve Brodie ... Lucky Straeker
John Massari ... Steve Shostakovich / Photographer (Wizard Film)
Gary Schwartz ... Canadian Thug
Frank LaLoggia Frank LaLoggia ... American Thug
Philip Michael Thomas ... Policeman Mickey Polanko
Lynda Aldon Lynda Aldon ... Policewoman Minnie Smith
Baron Baron ... Policedog Pluto
Arnetia Walker ... Tina Dreem / Running Girl
Ben Kronen Ben Kronen ... C.C. de Schwartz
Angelique Pettyjohn ... Dora Belair
Will Ryan ... All the Unions / Mr. President (voice) (as William Z. Ryan)
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Storyline

A Hollywood filmmaker (Mike Jittlov) makes a short for an evil film studio. Unbeknownest to him, the producer has placed a bet of $25,000 that he won't come up with anything with a use. Luckily, our film creator gets the help of his friends. Written by Magnus Y Alvestad <magnus@johanna2.hsr.no>

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This is the kind of movie you would make, if you had nothing better to do! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Features the LandMaster from Damnation Alley (1977) as a background prop. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1977 but the IBM PC or XT computer in the office at Hollywood Studios wasn't released to the public until 1981. See more »

Quotes

[Mike tries to join the Directors' Union:]
Mike: Hello, hi.
Directors' Union Clerk: Can I help you?
Mike: Yes, how do I join the Directors' Union?
Directors' Union Clerk: You need to bring in a copy of the deal memo by your studio producer before you can pay your initiation fee and be cleared by Union Council, thank you...
Mike: Uh, excuse me, what is the initiation fee?
Directors' Union Clerk: Seven thousand dollars, with a hundred dollar application fee, two hundred dollars every quarter, and ten percent of your salary.
Mike: Uhhh, seven thousand dollars, what is that for?
Directors' Union Clerk: That's the amount you...
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Crazy Credits

The last line of the end of the trailer (with the cast list) reads: Read the Books / Buy the Toys / Eat the Popcorn See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Wizard
by Steve Mann
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Wonderful
9 February 2001 | by nhls08769See all my reviews

The truth is, eye came across this movie in a video store and thought it looked like the most stupid thing ever. Im 17 & interested in film-making & so like to watch total low-budget crap and laugh at how poor some low budget movies are!

But not this. The wizard of speed & time is literally more than a movie. I feel like Mike J is a movie & magic pioneer in the industry showing that Creativity and magic are still very much alive:)

The film is just so magical & feel-good. There are odd sequences cut & pasted together & look so different. There are 3 unicorn references (I love unicorns) and the fact Mike J basically MADE THIS MOVIE HIMSELF is a testament to how much passion he put into this project. The Prince of the movie industry! The sequence with Mike going to all the unions is a clever & witty dig at the ugly crapiness of hollywood. This movie is a reminder of all the guys & girls sitting in their rooms making the most magical stories,pictures & music that only they will hear. I just wish that Mike J had been sucessful and given us more movies like this. Well, at least the movie lives on.....

Peace Nyrone (uk)


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Official Sites:

Mike Jittlov's domain

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wizard of Speed and Time See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,535,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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