The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming
Writers: Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allen Woolf
Cast: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Burt Lall, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton
Genre: Adventure / Musical / Fantasy
Region: United States
Release: 1939-08-12 (Wisconsin premiere) / 1939-08-25 (USA)
Length: 101 minutes
Also known as: Adventures of Oz Country / Wizard of Oz / The Wizard of Oz 3D/IMAX
Rating: IMDB 8.1 / Rotten Tomatoes 98%
Little girl dorothy gale (Judy Garland) lives on a farm in central Kansas with her uncle and aunt. One day, when a tornado hits, Dorothy fails to hide in time to find her beloved puppy. A powerful tornado lifts the cabin where Dorothy is hiding into the air. After an unknown period of time, the cabin finally fell to the ground, crushing an evil witch to death. Under the guidance of the good witch of the north, Dorothy and the puppy set off for the Emerald City where the magician Ozzy (Frank Morgan) lived, begging him to help him go home. On the way, Dorothy met the Scarecrow without a brain (Ray Bolger), the Tin Woodman without a heart (Jack Haley) and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). Si walks together. They have experienced many difficulties and dangers along the way, and the evil witch of the west is obstructing everywhere. Will their wishes come true in the end?
The film is adapted from the American fairy tale of the same name.
“The Wizard of Oz” is a classic musical fantasy film released in 1939 and directed by Victor Fleming. The film is based on the 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, a young girl who is swept away to a magical land called Oz.
In Oz, Dorothy sets out on a quest to find the Wizard, hoping he can help her return home to Kansas. Along the way, she meets new friends including the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, and they journey together to confront the Wicked Witch of the West.
The film was a critical and commercial success and is considered one of the greatest movies ever made. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow.” The film has since become a cultural icon and has been referenced and parodied in numerous films and TV shows.