Return to Oz

Synopsis: Dorothy Gale has recently come home to Kansas from the Land of Oz is now almost back to perfect health since the incident of the tornado, only she cannot get that wonderful place out of her head. She frequently talks about it and cannot get any sleep at night. Aunt Em worries about her health/well-being. Thinking that she is suffering delusional depression and acute insomnia, she decides to take her to see a special doctor in another town. While he tries to treat her with electro-shock treatment and take those nasty dreams away from her head, she is rescued by a mysterious girl who leads her back to Oz for a new adventure.
Director(s): Walter Murch
Production: Walt Disney Studios
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min


Can't you sleep?

It's past 1:
00 in the morning, Dorothy.

- Aunt Em?

- What, precious?

I wish I could put my head on my paws

and go to sleep like Toto.

Soon you will.

I just can't see payin' out money

for this doctor when we don't have any.

Garnet said she'd loan it to us.

Garnet. That's charity, Em.

She's my sister.

It's family, not charity.

It's been six months since the tornado,

and Dorothy hasn't been herself since.

I'm takin' her to Cottonwood Falls

tomorrow and see if she can be helped.

All she ever talks about

is someplace that just doesn't exist.

Talkin' tin men, walkin' scarecrows,

ruby slippers.

A shooting star, Toto.

A shooting star.

Toto, no! No, Toto!

Did you lay an egg

this morning, Billina?

Let's go see.

Where's your egg, Billina?

Billina, if you don't start

laying again,

Aunt Em says she's gonna

stew you up for supper.

It's a key, Toto.

"O... Z."


Aunt Em!

Aunt Em, look! A key from Oz!

It's just a key to the old house

before the tornado.

- I must've turned it a thousand times.

- No, look, Aunt Em.

It's proof. "O-Z." Oz.

- Dorothy...

- My friends sent it on a shooting star.

Remember how we spoke?

Not to talk about Oz?


'Cause it's just my imagination.

I know you don't want

to go to the doctor's.

But you just haven't slept the night

right through since the tornado.

And then, you're no help

to me in the morning.

Aunt Em, my friends are in trouble.

- I know it!

- We are in trouble, Dorothy.

Lost the old house in the tornado.

Never before had to have a mortgage,

now we may have to have two.

Winter's comin' on.

New house isn't finished.

He broke his leg, Aunt Em.

Dorothy, that leg's mended. It's mended.

Hurry up and get yourself ready.

We're going to be late.

Bye, Uncle Henry!

Y'all get yourselves back here by dark!

We will!

Come on, giddap! There you go.

Go home, Toto.

Toto, go home!

Go home!

Aunt Em, will he be all right?

He will.

Go home!


I've never been past Franklin before.

The tin woodsman used to be made

of flesh, like everybody else,

but then he cut off his leg.

He had a tin leg made,

but then a witch enchanted his ax,

and he kept on cutting off the other parts

of his body, until he was all made of tin.

- Even his head was...

- That's all right, Dorothy.

You mentioned something about a tiger.

A lion. A cowardly lion.

And he could talk too,

like the scarecrow and the tin man?

Yes, all the animals in Oz could talk.

Just how did you get back from Oz?

With my ruby slippers.

And exactly...

how did that work?

You put them on

and you click the heels three times,

and then you said,

"There's no place like home."

Dorothy, where are those slippers now?


I lost them.

They fell off on the way back.

Well, I think I know just the thing

to cheer Dorothy up.

This electrical marvel will make

it possible for you to sleep again.

And it will also get rid of

all those bad waking dreams

that you've been telling me about.

Now, this fellow here has a face.

Do you see it?

Here are his eyes,

and this must be his nose,

and this must be his mouth.

But what's this? Dorothy?

Why, it's his tongue!

Isn't it?

- Will it hurt?

- No, no!

It just manages electrical current.

Now, your aunt already knows

that we are at the dawn of a new age.

In just two months,

it will be the year 1900.

A new century. The 20th century.

A century of electricity.

The brain itself is an electrical machine.

It's nothing but a machine.

When it malfunctions,

a blow to the head, for example,

then the brain produces

useless excess currents.

These excess currents

are our dreams and delusions.

And we have found out that

sometimes the brain malfunctions.

Just like the dreams

that you have, Dorothy.

Now we have the means

to control these excess currents.



I must get back to Henry

before nightfall.

You understand, don't you?

Here's your lunch pail. I was thinking

we'd only stay a short time.

That won't be necessary.

We have excellent meals here.

Now, be a good girl,

and do everything the doctor

and the head nurse tell you,

and I'll be back tomorrow

and we'll go home!

I've never left her

out of my sight among strangers.

She's in good hands.

Will you bring Toto

when you come to get me?

I will. Yes, of course I will.

You won't need that!

You stay here until

we come and get you.

You may have a nap if you wish.

Come on, giddap!

Come on!

Aunt Em.

This is for you.

Thank you.

- It's Halloween soon.

- I know.

Why did they bring you here, Dorothy?

Because I can't sleep.

And I talk about a place that I've been to,

but nobody believes it exists.

I have to go. I'll come back later.

Would you like to go

for a ride, Dorothy?

- Lie down.

- I'd like to sit up if I may.

- What did your aunt tell you?

- To do what you told me, Miss Wilson.

Then lie down.

Why do you have to tie me down?

So that you don't fall off.

I came all the way from the farm

in the buggy and didn't fall off.

- Did I hear somebody screaming there?

- No.

Hello, Dorothy. How are you?

I wish I wasn't tied down.

Nothing to worry about.

What are those?


We'll just put them over your ears.

Pretty soon they'll draw all those

unpleasant dreams out of your head.

Then, when you wake up,

you'll never be bothered by them again.

Testing. On.


Well, I think we're almost ready.

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Walter Murch

Walter Scott Murch (born July 12, 1943) is an American film editor and sound designer. With a career stretching back to 1969, including work on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather I, II, and III, American Graffiti, The Conversation, and The English Patient, with three Academy Award wins (from nine nominations: six for picture editing and three for sound mixing), he has been referred to as "the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema." more…

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