Date: November 7th
Title: The Wiz
Director: Sidney Lumet
Description: Rated #28 on the Top 50 cult films and nominated for 4 Oscars! Dorothy (Diana Ross who lobbied heavily for this role), a 24 (she was really 33!) year-old kindergarten teacher born, raised, and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn't seem to be thankful for much in life. She lives a self-imposed sheltered life but things change for her when she is caught in a snowstorm while chasing after her dog, Toto. They are transported to the mysterious Land of Oz, where she is informed that the only possible way to find her way back home is through the assistance of the powerful wizard in the Emerald City. As she goes searching for him, she befriends some creatures (including Michael Jackson in his film debut as the Scarecrow, Nipsey Russell as the Tin Man & Ted Ross as the Cowardly Lion) who are facing problems in life just like her. With Lena Horne, Mabel King and Richard Pryor as the Wizard!
Running Time: 134 minutes, Rating: G