Taglines: It’s more than a game… It’s the chance of a lifetime.
Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away.
The Wizard is a 1989 American adventure comedy-drama film directed by Todd Holland, written by David Chisholm, and starring Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis, Wendy Phillips, Beau Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Jenny Lewis, Vince Trankina, Sam McMurray and Chuck Skinner. It was also Tobey Maguire’s film debut.
The film follows three children as they travel to California. The youngest of the three is emotionally withdrawn with a gift for playing video games. The Wizard is famous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the Nintendo Entertainment System and has been called a feature-length commercial. The film was also well known for being North America’s introduction to what would become one of the best-selling video games of all time, Super Mario Bros. 3. Over time, the film has gained something of a cult following.
The Wizard (1989)
Directed by: Todd Holland
Starring: Fred Savage, Luke Edwards, Jenny Lewis, Wendy Phillips, Beau Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Jenny Lewis, Vince Trankina, Sam McMurray, Chuck Skinner
Screenplay by: David Chisholm
Cinematography by: Robert D. Yeoman
Film Editing by: Tom Finan
Costume Design by: Scilla Andreen
Set Decoration by: Claire Jenora Bowin
Art Direction by: Robert Sissman
Music by: J. Peter Robinson
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: December 15, 1989