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The Dreamer of Oz (1990)

The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

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Jack Bender

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), Richard Matheson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... L. Frank Baum
Annette O'Toole ... Maud Gage Baum
Rue McClanahan ... Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
Charles Haid ... Al Badham / Cowardly Lion
David Schramm ... W.W. Denslow
Nancy Lenehan ... Harriet Alvena Baum Neal
Courtney Barilla ... Dorothy Leslie Gage / Dorothy Gale
Nancy Morgan ... Helen Leslie Gage Gage
Pat Skipper ... Charlie H. Gage
Ed Gale ... Ned Brown / Farmer
Trevor Eyster ... Frank Joslyn Baum (5-9 years) (as Tim Eyster)
Joshua Boyd ... Frank Joslyn Baum (3 years)
Roger Steffens ... Salesman (as Roger Steffans)
John Cameron Mitchell ... Albert the Reporter
Frank Hamilton ... Sullivan
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The film is the biography of Frank Baum, the children's book author and creator of the fantasy world Oz.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's stars, Ritter and O'Toole, appeared together in the two part TV movie event Steven King's IT. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Baum is shown as an extra in Hamlet when the theater burns down. In reality, Baum had played Hamlet on numerous occasions, and the play being performed the night of the fire was an original work by Baum titled Matches - all known copies of the script and other Baum originals were destroyed in that fire. Baum was performing in another theater the night of the fire, but he owned the one that burned. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
From the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Music by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart
Arranged by Herbert Stothart
Orchestrated by Murray Cutter
Played offscreen in final scene by the M-G-M Studio Orchestra
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Beautiful Lies.
12 November 2003 | by EvieySee all my reviews

I remember this movie every time The Wizard of OZ is mentioned and was surprised to discover I was only six years old the one and only time I saw it. It is very clear in my mind still which is clearly a comment on the quality of the film. All of the performances were wonderful but I have one negative comment to make. I recently researched Dorothy Gage and discovered she died at only 5 months old, and although her name is the basis of Dorothy Gale's, the story was always meant to feature a girl not a little boy as the movie depicted.

The movie had the viewer believe that Baum had a strong attachment to a child when really Dorothy was an infant who his wife adored.

Even though the film is inaccurate the story is wonderful on it's own and I would recommend it to anyone as a partly non-fiction, partly fiction film.


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