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PG| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
Dorothy discovers she is back in the land of Oz, and finds the yellow brick road is now a pile of rubble, and the Emerald City is in ruins. Discovering that the magical land is now under the control of an evil empire, she sets off to rescue the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion with the help of her new friends.

Cast: Fairuza Balk , Nicol Williamson , Jean Marsh , Piper Laurie , Matt Clark , Michael Sundin , Tim Rose , Sean Barrett

Director: Walter Murch

Genres: Fantasy

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Return to Oz (1985)

Release Date: June 21st, 1985|1 hr. 50 min.

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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Kids probably will enjoy portions of Return to Oz, but at best, it's a mechanical movie that never finds a real heart to engage an audience. [21 Jun 1985, p.79] show more

  • 30
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    The makers of Return to Oz say that their rather bleak, nonmusical fantasy is more faithful to Mr. Baum's vision than "The Wizard of Oz" was. What's appropriate, however, isn't always what's right. All Ms. Balk can do is look earnest and young; Ms. Garland opened her mouth and out came Dorothy's soul. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    First of all, it has no music. That aside, it doesn't have any wit, joy, or drive. Children who haven't had the pleasure of seeing The Wizard of Oz might enjoy this film, but it will also frighten them. There are some fine, Oscar-nominated special effects, but the excitement just isn't there. show more

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Where Everyone Has Gone Before #30: 'Return to Oz'

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Jacob Hall on Feb 12th, 2011 7:00PM

Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will...

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