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Twentieth Century Oz (1976)

Oz (original title)
Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old groupie riding with a rock band when, suddenly, the van is in a road accident, and she hits her head. She wakes up in a fantasy world as gritty and realistic ... See full summary »

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Chris Löfvén

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Chris Löfvén
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joy Dunstan Joy Dunstan ... Dorothy
Graham Matters Graham Matters ... Wally / The Wizard / Record Salesman / Tram Conductor / Doorman / Face at Party
Bruce Spence ... Bass Player / Surfie
Michael Carman Michael Carman ... Drummer / Mechanic
Gary Waddell Gary Waddell ... Guitarist / Bikie
Robin Ramsay Robin Ramsay ... Good Fairy
Paula Maxwell Paula Maxwell ... Jane
Ned Kelly Ned Kelly ... Bouncer / Truckie
Lorraine West Lorraine West ... Waitress
Beris Underhill Beris Underhill ... Receptionist
Russell Thompson Russell Thompson ... 1st Gay
Gino Lattore Gino Lattore ... 2nd Gay
Roland Bonnet Roland Bonnet ... Manager
Jim Slade Jim Slade ... Promoter
Martin Allen Martin Allen ... 1st Boy at Dance
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Storyline

Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old groupie riding with a rock band when, suddenly, the van is in a road accident, and she hits her head. She wakes up in a fantasy world as gritty and realistic as the one she came from and learns she killed a young thug in the process. A gay clothier called the Good Fairy gives her a pair of red shoes as a reward to help her see the last concert of the Wizard, an androgynous rock singer. She is pursed by the thug's brother who attempts to rape her on several occasions. She also meets a dumb surfer, a heartless mechanic, and a cowardly biker. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Follow the Yellow Rock Road... See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twentieth Century Oz See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

'The Wizard of Oz' creator L. Frank Baum is uncredited on this film. See more »

Goofs

When Dorothy asks Greaseball why he didn't help Surfie, the scene cuts to a close up of his face. Prior to the cut, the background shows a built up area, with houses and garbage bins by the side of the roadway. In the close-up, the background suddenly shows a long, sweeping hill on a country road. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy: Fame and fortune... really FUCKS YOU UP!
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Featured in The Whimsical World of Oz (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Driving Me Insane
Written by Baden Hutchins
Performed by Graham Matters as Wally
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A Lost Gem
24 June 2006 | by FrSallyBowlesSee all my reviews

Wow! An amazing, lost piece of Australiana AND a lost 70s glam-rock film rolled into one. This film warrants viewing simply to see what can be done with next to no budget but a lot of enthusiasm. As a retelling of the Oz story, the film borders on becoming too obvious but it is saved by it's eccentricities. The chance for a glimpse at how glam rock manifested in Australia will delight fans of the genre. This film used to be double featured with the Rocky Horror Picture Show, an indicator of the type of film that Oz is. While not as frivolous or well constructed as RHPS it's hard not to have fun with Oz.

Surprisingly, Oz has aged well- perhaps a by-product of how determinedly set in the real Australia of 1976 it is. The passage of history shows that many of the ideas being explored would eventually enter the mainstream. The willingness of the film to give prominence to gay characters is notable, especially as it dates to the 'revolution' period for the Australian gay rights push.

The performances range from flinchingly amateur to finely nuanced brilliance. The direction is lacking in subtlety and much of the dialogue may have benefited from an extra draft or two. Somehow, these flaws add to the appeal of the film which is mercifully unpretentious. Much like Australia in the 1970s this film has a certain naive charm.

There are several connections to the original Australian stagings of the Rocky Horror Show which will keep obsessives on their toes.

Oz is most certainly a minor classic and a potential cult favourite worthy of review. Laugh at the atrocious 70s fashion, swing along with the AusRock soundtrack, leave ANY expectations at the door and Oz is likely to delight.


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