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Top 10 American Movies - The Wizard of Oz
"The Wizard of Oz" is a wonderful movie; as a child, I always looked forward to its annual showing. The story is about Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl who becomes caught up in a tornado and passes out. When Dorothy awakens, she finds herself in a strange village where Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, informs her that her house has landed on and killed the Wicked Witch of the East. The Wicked Witch of the West appears and tries to take her sister's magical ruby slippers. But Glinda magically transfers the slippers onto Dorothy's feet. This angers the witch, who threatens Dorothy, "I'll get you, my pretty."
When Dorothy asks how to get home, Glinda points to a yellow brick road that she must follow to Emerald City, where she can ask the mysterious Wizard of Oz for help. On her trip, Dorothy meets colorful characters that include the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. The four agree to go to the city together. There, they meet with the intimidating Wizard, who promises to grant their wishes if they bring him the Wicked Witch's broomstick.
The four set off toward the witch's castle but are intercepted by her flying monkeys, who capture Dorothy. Dorothy's friends eventually rescue her, and they destroy the Wicked Witch.
The four return to Emerald City and discover the Wizard is a man hiding behind a scary facade. The man apologizes for the misrepresentation and offers to take Dorothy home in a hot air balloon. There are complications, and Dorothy is unable to return. Then, Glinda appears and tells Dorothy she has the power to go home if she clicks her heels three times and repeats the words "There is no place like home." When Dorothy does, she wakes up at home and promises she will never leave home again because "there's no place like home."