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Her Voice

The Wiz

Diana Ross plays Dorothy in this fun interpretation of the Wizard of Oz tale.

Image from The Wiz

USA 1978
Dir Sidney Lumet
With Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Nipsey Russell
133min
Digital
Certificate U

In this musical based on the hit Broadway show Diana Ross plays Dorothy, a pre-Thriller Michael Jackson is Scarecrow and there’s a cameo from Lena Horne. The film is full of great set-pieces and fabulous individual performances; African American film historian Donald Bogle observed that The Wiz, with its all-star black parade, would be of interest to later generations in a similar way to a film like Stormy Weather.

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