August 19, 2011

Flick of the Day

Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross, Mabel King, Richard Pryor, Theresa Merritt, Thelma Carpenter
Year: 1978

Synopsis: An updated, urbanized version of "The Wizard of Oz".

I always love an adaptation, especially if it is done well. 1978's "The Wiz" did just that to the classical (and white) story of "The Wizard of Oz". Diana Ross (perhaps too old for the part of Dororthy), Lena Horne, and Michael Jackson all star in this fun-filled film that features great music by producer/writer Quincy Jones.

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