Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner from a story by Kapner. Based on L. Frank Baum’s early 20th century Oz novels and set 20 years before the events of the original 1900 novel, the film is a spiritual prequel to the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Wizard of Oz.
Starring James Franco in the title role, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Bill Cobbs, Joey King, and Tony Cox, the film tells the story of Oscar Diggs, a deceptive magician who arrives in the Land of Oz and encounters three witches: Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda. Oscar is then enlisted to restore order in Oz while struggling to resolve conflicts with the witches and himself.
- Starring : James Franco / Mila Kunis
- Genre : Adventure / Family / Fantasy
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Sam Raimi
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Roth Films
- Distributor : Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / B&H Film Distribution / Feelgood Entertainment / Forum Hungary / Walt Disney Studios / Westec Media Limited / BBC One / BBC Two / Home Box Office (HBO) / Intercontinental Video / Net5 / Netflix / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment / Zon Audiovisuais
Oz the Great and Powerful movie
Oz the Great and Powerful release date
- February 14, 2013 : USA (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
- February 20, 2013 : Japan (Tokyo) (premiere)
- March 7, 2013 : Australia
- March 7, 2013 : Germany
- March 7, 2013 : Israel
- March 7, 2013 : Philippines
- March 7, 2013 : Singapore
- March 8, 2013 : Canada
- March 8, 2013 : Spain
- March 8, 2013 : UK
- March 8, 2013 : Ireland
- March 8, 2013 : India
- March 8, 2013 : Japan
- March 8, 2013 : USA
- March 13, 2013 : France
- March 15, 2013 : Sweden
Oz the Great and Powerful cast
- James Franco as Oz
- Mila Kunis as Theodora / Wicked Witch of the West
- Rachel Weisz as Evanora
- Michelle Williams as Annie / Glinda
- Zach Braff as Frank / Finley
- Bill Cobbs as Master Tinker
- Joey King as Girl in Wheelchair / China Girl
- Tony Cox as Knuck
- Stephen R. Hart as Winkie General
- Abigail Spencer as May(as Abigail Leigh Spencer)
- Bruce Campbell as Winkie Gate Keeper
- Ted Raimi as Skeptic in Audience
- Tim Holmes as Strongman
- Toni Wynne as Strongman’s Wife
- Rob Crites as Firebreather
Kapner began developing an origin story for the Wizard of Oz after a lifelong interest of wanting to create one for the character. Walt Disney Pictures commissioned the film’s production in 2009 with Joe Roth as producer and Grant Curtis, Joshua Donen, Philip Steuer and Palak Patel serving as executive producers. Raimi was hired to direct the following year. After Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp declined the titular role, Franco was cast in February 2011 with principal photography commencing five months later. Danny Elfman composed the film’s score.
Oz the Great and Powerful premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on February 14, 2013 followed by a general theatrical release on March 8, 2013 in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D formats. Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film grossed over $493 million worldwide against a $200 million budget, making it the 13th-highest-grossing film of 2013. The film won the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Live Action Family Film and Kunis won the 2014 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for her performance as the Wicked Witch of the West.
In 1905 Kansas, Oscar Diggs is a magician and con artist in a traveling circus. The circus strongman learns Oscar has flirted with his wife and threatens him. Oscar escapes in a hot air balloon but is sucked into a tornado that takes him to the Land of Oz. There he encounters the naïve witch Theodora, who believes him to be the wizard prophesied to become King of Oz by destroying the Wicked Witch, who killed the previous king. The idea of being a wealthy monarch makes Oscar accept the role. En route to the Emerald City, Theodora falls in love with Oscar though he does not reciprocate her feelings. They encounter the flying monkey, Finley, who pledges a life debt to Oscar when he saves him from a lion. Oscar reveals his deception to Finley and forces him to maintain the lie that he is a wizard.
At the Emerald City Theodora’s older sister Evanora tells Oscar that the Wicked Witch resides in the Dark Forest and can be killed by destroying her wand. On the way to the forest they are joined by China Girl, an orphaned living china doll whose village and family were destroyed by the Wicked Witch. The three reach the forest and discover the “Wicked Witch” is the late king’s daughter Glinda the Good Witch, and Evanora is the true Wicked Witch. Evanora sees this with her crystal ball and tricks Theodora into thinking Oscar is trying to court all three witches at once. She offers Theodora a magic apple “to remove her heartache” but it turns her into a hideous green-skinned witch.
Glinda brings Oscar’s group to her domain to escape Evanora’s army of Winkies and flying baboons. She confides in Oscar that she knows he is not a wizard but still believes he can help stop Evanora. He reluctantly takes charge of an “army” of Quadlings, Tinkers and Munchkins. Theodora enters Glinda’s domain and angrily reveals her new hideous appearance to Oscar before threatening to kill him and his allies with the Emerald City’s well-prepared army. Oscar despairs at his chances of victory, but after telling China Girl about the exploits of his hero Thomas Edison he conceives a plan that relies on trickery.
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