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Return to Oz (1985)

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Director:

Walter Murch

Writers:

Walter Murch (screenplay), Gill Dennis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fairuza Balk ... Dorothy
Nicol Williamson ... Dr. Worley / Nome King
Jean Marsh ... Nurse Wilson / Mombi
Piper Laurie ... Aunt Em
Matt Clark ... Uncle Henry
Michael Sundin ... Tik-Tok
Tim Rose ... Tik-Tok
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Tik-Tok (voice)
Mak Wilson ... Billina
Denise Bryer Denise Bryer ... Billina (voice)
Brian Henson ... Jack Pumpkinhead (voice)
Stewart Harvey-Wilson Stewart Harvey-Wilson ... Jack Pumpkinhead (as Stewart Larange)
Lyle Conway ... Gump (voice)
Stephen Norrington ... Gump (as Steve Norrington)
Justin Case ... Scarecrow
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Storyline

Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz and is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure. Written by Nichola McDougall

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It's an all-new live-action fantasy - filled with Disney adventure and magic. See more »


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Trivia

A gymnast, Michael Sundin, stood upside-down (with legs bent) and backwards inside Tik-Tok's body to move the legs. See more »

Goofs

Dorothy and the others escape from the Emerald City at night, but in some shots of the Wheelers pursuing them it appears to be light out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aunt Em: Can't you sleep?
[Dorothy shakes her head]
Aunt Em: It's past 1:00 in the morning, Dorothy.
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Alternate Versions

When it was aired on the Disney channel, the following were cut: When "Ozma girl" unties Dorothy from the bed in the doctor's room, the line where she tells Dorothy that the screaming patients are locked in the cellar is cut. When Dorothy first visits Mombi, much is cut. A lot of shots of the heads behind the glass are cut, and so is a lot of footage when Mombi puts on her head. Because of this, a line is cut where she asks Dorothy how she looks, and Dorothy tells her she looks beautiful. In the TV version, it cuts straight to the line, "And just who might you be?" When Mombi wakes up, many shots of the screaming heads and EVERY shot of the headless Mombi trying to get Dorothy is cut. A few seconds of footage of the Nome King's death are cut, including when his eye turns to stone, and some of the "poison" shots. See more »

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Nothing like a new classic!
25 January 2006 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

Though this movie never picked up where Dorothy(Fairuza Balk) left off, this movie seemingly tries to be the update version of the original. Far scarier than the original movie in 1939, the new characters in Oz like Tik-Tok, Jack Pumkinhead, Mombi(Jean Marsh), and the Wheelers. They didn't show the Munchkins, and Dorothy's original friends The Tin Woodsman, and The Cowardly Lion have turned to stone. And to me, The Wheelers replaced the Flying Monkeys which makes this movie a classic of its own. The funny parts in the movie is when Tik-Tok took out the Wheelers, and Jack Pumkinhead's head lands upside down, and he asks, "Why are you standing on your heads?" And that character Mombi, she has more heads than Albert Eistein. That's what makes her a dangerous character. I enjoyed every bit of this movie, it was different, original, and definitely not a sequel to the first. Otherwise, it would be a no-brainer. Hard to rent, easy to buy, it's a neo-classic for all ages. Rating 4 out of 5 stars.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oz See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,844,895, 23 June 1985

Gross USA:

$11,137,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,137,801
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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