The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989)





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Mike Jittlov, a master of special effects who's strutted his stuff in several short films, is both the director and star of The Wizard of Speed and Time. Jittlov plays himself, an eager-beaver director who offers a reel of special effects to a TV producer. The director makes a huge bet to the producer that he, Jittlov, can expand his reel into a fantastic feature film. Unfortunately, he's out of money, so Jittlov is obliged, Rocky style, to employ friends and family for his epic. In the picture-within-a-picture, Jittlov plays a second role, as the Wizard of Speed and Time (from the movie of the same name). The producer sends out some hired goons to prevent Jittlov from finishing his job, but our hero--both of him--emerges triumphant. Adding to the Pirandellian quality of The Wizard of Speed and Time is the fact that the avaricious fictional producer is played by the film's real producer, Richard Kaye.
PG (violence)
Comedy , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Mike Jittlov
as Wizard
Paige Moore
as Cindy Lite
Richard Kaye
as Harvey Bookman
Philip Michael Thomas
as Mick Polanko
Allen Baron
as Pluto
Tim Frisbee
as Studio Projectionist
Michelle Roth
as Mary Lou Trew
Pete Sorenson
as Dancing Film Man
Steven Stucker
as S. Chesterfield
Nick Worth
as Bouncer
David Conrad
as Brian Lucas
Steve Brodie
as Lucky Straeker
Frank LaLoggia
as American Thug
Lynda Aldon
as Minnie Smith
Arnetia Walker
as Tina Dream
Ben Kronen
as C.C. de Schwartz
Angelique Pettyjohn
as Dora Belair
Greg Jittlov
as Brother Greg
Marie Jittlov
as Mom Jittlov
Amy Rose Drucker
as Sun Woman
Harvey J. Alperin
as Harold de Schwartz
Missy Sauppe
as Harold's Groupie
Paulette Breen
as Studio Receptionist
Stephen Stucker
as Piano Choreography
Mark Conlon
as Moon Man
Chuck McCollum
as Meteor Man
Rob Reed
as Saturn Man
Patrick McGreal
as Jupiter Man
Donovan Scott
as The Prisoner
Paul Barselou
as Angus MacTafish
Joan Leizman
as Muriel Bookman
Cynthia Frost
as Soundstage Saleslady
Ward Kimball
as IRS Chief
Christopher Barczak
as Hollywood Tourist
Rick Heebner
as Bicycle Thief
Hal Etherington
as Studio Director
Phil Boroff
as Studio Writer
Steve Ecclesine
as Video Editor
Doug Crepeau
as Satellite Buyer
William Z. Ryan
as Mr. President
Patricia Thomson
as Girl on Suitcase
Bob Basso
as Rollie
Annie Livingstone
as Skatelady
Patty Ryan
as Bouncy Artist
Evelyn Carpenter
as Old Woman
Slim E. Leatche
as IRS Agent
Eddie Paul
as Cycle Gang Leader
Smokey Ochoa
as Ying & Yang
Wilimeda Behanna
as Prison Guard
Anyavel Glynn
as Prison Guard
Jan Sayre
as Prison Guard
Randi D. Cogert
as Girl in Avanti
Tery McPhie
as Girl in Avanti
Gwen Perlman
as Girl in Avanti
Monica B. Herzer
as Girl in Avanti
Beth Sjogren
as C.C.'s Groupie
Galyn Gorg
as C.C.'s Groupie
Steve Mann
as Boom Man
Laurie Rose
as Bellydancer
Chris Coart
as Blue Wizard
Christine Green
as White Wizardess
William Hart
as Bearded Swordsman
Jean Hart
as Swordslady
Robin Antin
as Dancer
Jade Barrett
as Running Girl
Jim Danforth
as Astronaut
Lee Forbes
as Dancer
Kari French
as Dancer
Michael Gough
as Supporting Cast
Barbara Hooper
as Running Girl
Bill Morrison
as Supporting Cast
Lauri Riley
as Girl Choreographer
Brianne Siddall
as Supporting Cast
Linda Talcott
as Dancer
Alan White
as Supporting Cast
John Massari
as Steve Shostakovich
Lauri Riley
as Girl Choreographer
Frank Davis
as Bouncer
Alan Lee Graf
as Bookman's Guard
David McCharen
as Video Technician, LSD
Jean Hart
as Swordslady
Gary Schwartz
as Canadian Thug
Brianne Siddall
as Supporting Cast
Ben Lum
as Studio Gateguard
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Critic Reviews for The Wizard of Speed and Time

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December 31, 2002
Laramie Movie Scope

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October 11, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Wizard of Speed and Time

I love this movie. EVERY aspiring young filmmaker should be required to watch this. It is one of those rare looks into the way that the Hollywood system works. It pulls few punches when showing the difficulty of making a movie. Any movie. It has a charming mix of professional and non-professional actors and a well written script. The star of the show, however, Is Mike Jittlove and his painstaking in-camera and post-production effects. For its "old-school" approach it is still robust as a benchmark of visual effects standards. It would not be easy or simple to duplicate all of this, even with modern technology. We are taken on a tremendously fun ride that explains that following dreams means something. It still does.

Jerry Beck II
Jerry Beck II

An awesomely made little film, it's fun and visually very cool. I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Totally magical. Follows Mike Jittlov, aka "The Wizard of Speed and Time", and his film animation career. He runs into many hurdles trying to get his work released by Hollywood. It's such an imaginative and energetic film, which gives hope to any independant filmmaker, and gives us a good idea of what goes on behind the scenes. So much love and talent went into this movie; it needs to come out on DVD yesterday.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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