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Film Title: Wizard of Oz (1939)

Rating: G

Type of Film: Family/fantasy/adventure/musical

Awards: 2 Oscars; best original score, best original song. Nominated for 4 other Oscars: best art direction, best cinematography, best special effects, and best picture. Additionally nominated for golden palm award at the Cannes Film Festival

Story line: Dorothy sustains the most famous of all cinematic head injuries when a window hits her on the back of the head during a tornado. She is knocked out and dreams the tornado has swept her away to the magical land, of Oz. She embarks on a journey to the wizard who can help her return home. .

Quotes: you dont need to be helped anymore, you have always had the power to go back to Kansas. Glenda the good witch to Dorothy

“Anybody can have a brain. That'’s a mediocre commodity.” The Wizard of Oz to the Scarecrow.

A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. The wizard of Oz to the Tin Man

Accuracy: While a wonderful family film, this is not the movie to see if you want to learn anything about a head injury. In fact, this movie is a great source of misinformation about TBI. Rarely do people wake up from a prolonged state of unconsciousness due to head injury without a headache, or any other symptoms.

Unlike Dorthy's personal growth and revelations upon waking, head injured people do not awake with instantaneous great insights or a more harmonious human being. Dorothy wakes up a better, more loving person with strengthened relationships. The fact is that many people with head injury find themselves more isolated than ever. TBI puts an enormous strain on relationships, and it is often the case that marital and other serious relationships decline.

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