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Release Date: July 17th, 1996

DVD Release Date: October 8th, 2002

PG|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
A genie named Kazaam (Shaquille O'Neal) has been sealed up for thousands of years, until one day he is accidentally freed by Max (Francis Capra), who is on the run from a local gang. Kazaam explains to the youth that he belongs to Max until he grants three wishes, but what Max really wants is to get to know his estranged father. When the genie, who considers trying his hand at a music career, forgets about his young master, Max is attacked by villainous club owner Malik (Marshall Manesh).

Cast: Shaquille O'Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker, Marshall Manesh, James Acheson, Fawn Reed, John Costelloe

Director: Paul Glaser

Genres: Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Keywords: Hilarious, Father, Spirited, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Pure wish-fulfillment for Shaq-watchers who can't get enough of their 7-foot-1 basketball hero. [17 July 1996, p. 9D]

  • The movie is decidedly old-fashioned, aiming to send kids and their parents out of the theater feeling good about themselves. show more

  • As for Shaquille O'Neal, given his own three wishes the next time, he should go for a script, a director and an interesting character. show more

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