Oz: The Great and Powerful Movie

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When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.

Who's Involved:

Sam Raimi, David Lindsay-Abaire, Abigail Spencer, Joe Roth, James Franco, Bruce Campbell, Mitchell Kapner, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Joey King, Michelle Williams

Release Date:

Friday, March 8, 2013 (Nationwide)

Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hrs, 3 m

Plot: What's the story about?

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.

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Crew: Who's making Oz: The Great and Powerful

A look at the Oz: The Great and Powerful behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Sam Raimi last directed Drag Me to Hell and Spider-Man 3. The film's writer Mitchell Kapner last wrote The Whole Ten Yards and Oz: The Great and Powerful 2.


Sam Raimi


Joe Roth

Production Company

Roth Films

Production: What we know about Oz: The Great and Powerful

Key Facts

  1. GRAMMY® Award–winning superstar Mariah Carey has recorded the song, "Almost Home,"
  2. There are over 3,000 props used in "Oz The Great and Powerful," with 1400 of them manufactured specifically for the film. These do not include the 5000 coins Prop master Russell Bobbitt had made especially to fill Oz's treasure chest. One side of the coin is stamped with an image of the Yellow Brick Road and on the other side there is an image of author L. Frank Baum.
  3. James Franco, who plays Oscar Diggs (aka Oz), had to learn magic tricks in order to accurately portray his small-time, circus magician character. He came to set two weeks early so he could work with Las Vegas magician Lance Burton. Working every day, Franco learned tricks involving doves and fire as well as how to pull objects out of hats and how to make things levitate.
  4. The fantasy world of Oz The Great and Powerful was brought to life by Academy Award®–winning production designer Robert Stromberg. In all, Stromberg designed 24 full sets plus several partial sets, bringing the total to around 30. Stromberg created such iconic sets as the famed Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City, all freshly designed and imagined, along with such highly anticipated, new designs as the witch's Throne Room, the Whimsie Woods (where Oz meets Theodora), the Dark Forest, which introduces Glinda the good witch in the story, and China Town, whose inhabitants are made up entirely of porcelain.
  5. Imagines the origins of the Wizard of Oz's wizard, who debuted in author L. Frank Baum's first book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Baum, who wrote 14 novels between 1900-1920, all set in the fantasyland he so vividly created, never fully portrayed the wizard's background. Oz The Great and Powerful is a cinematic prequel to Baum's books.

Filming Timeline

On or about January 8, 2013, the film was in Completed status.

MPAA rating announced; assumed completed.

On or about July 4, 2012, the film was in Post-Production status.

On or about July 26, 2011, the film was in Production status.

On or about February 17, 2011, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Set to start shooting July 2011.

On or about February 5, 2011, the film was in Development status.

Hope to start production in the second half of 2011.

On or about October 6, 2010, the film was in Pre-Production status.

On or about June 5, 2010, the film was in Development status.

On or about March 18, 2010, the film was in Announced status.

Oz: The Great and Powerful Release Date: When was it released?

Oz: The Great and Powerful was released in 2013 on Friday, March 8, 2013 (Nationwide release). There were 13 other movies released on the same date, including Emperor, Dead Man Down and The We and the I. 3D/2D; IMAX 3D

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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