Oz (1997–2003)
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The Routine 

In the 'Emerald City' experimental unit of Oswald State Penitentiary, we meet some of the diverse inmates who exist in a pecking order of Gangbangers, Latinos, Muslims, Westies, Aryans and Wiseguys.

Director:

Darnell Martin

Writers:

Tom Fontana (created by), Tom Fontana
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Hudson ... Warden Leo Glynn
Terry Kinney ... Tim McManus
Harold Perrineau ... Augustus Hill
Eamonn Walker ... Kareem Said
Kirk Acevedo ... Miguel Alvarez
Edie Falco ... Officer Diane Whittlesey
Leon ... Jefferson Keane
Rita Moreno ... Sister Peter Marie Reimondo
Tony Musante ... Nino Schibetta
J.K. Simmons ... Vern Schillinger
Lee Tergesen ... Tobias Beecher
Sean Whitesell Sean Whitesell ... Donald Groves
Dean Winters ... Ryan O'Reily
Luna Lauren Velez ... Dr. Gloria Nathan (as Lauren Velez)
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Bob Rebadow
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Storyline

In the 'Emerald City' experimental unit of Oswald State Penitentiary, we meet some of the diverse inmates who exist in a pecking order of Gangbangers, Latinos, Muslims, Westies, Aryans and Wiseguys.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

While filming the scene with Ortolani in McManus' office, Jon Seda hit the glass window and busted it, cutting his hand. The scene had to be reshot and Seda's bandaged hand incorporated into the show. See more »

Goofs

When Dino is in Tim McManus' office after he beats up the guy in the shower, if you look behind Dino you can see in the reflection a crew member holding up the Boom Mic. Right when Dino is looking at the officer outside the window. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Augustus Hill: Oz. That's the name on the street for the Oswald Maximum Security Penitentiary. Oz is retro. Oz is retribution. You wanna punish a man? Separate him from his family, separate him from himself, cage him up with his own kind.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Oz Theme
By Dave Darlington and Steve Rosen
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow
2 June 2020 | by injury-65447See all my reviews

Does a great job of setting the scene for the series and introducing what I assume will be the major players and conflicts to come.

The acting is fantastic. I found all of the characters, inmates or otherwise, to be compelling and interesting with clear motivations. Jon Seda especially does a phenomenal job at capturing Dino, who is the main focus of this first episode. His character is engaging and frustrating and heartbreaking.

Sets up the factions that exist within Oz well. Lays good groundwork for an interesting show to come.

The only thing I'm not crazy about is the narration & the spinning wheelchair motif - it's a bit goofy tbh and I don't Think it's necessary to be so overt with the discussion of the themes. It's like spoon feeding the audience.

The music is also great.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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