More About Kazaam
In this fantastical comedy, a young boy inadvertently releases a giant, 3,000 year-old genie (NBA behemoth Shaquille O'Neal) from an abandoned boom-box. Now the grateful gargantuan must grant his tiny, non-believing savior three wishes.
Main Cast & Crew
Paul M. Glaser - Director
When young Max bumps into an abandoned boom box, he's understandably shocked when it releases an extremely tall, Black genie named Kazaam, who grants the kid three wishes. At first, Max doesn't take the genie seriously, but soon enough, the pair become fast friends. Max desperately wants to reunite with his father Nick, who abandoned him years ago. He tracks him down, only to find Nick involved in criminal activities with sleazy, villainous types. When Nick's life is endangered by these men, Max wishes for another chance with his dad. Meanwhile, Kazaam has become a rapper -- and is busy performing in concert when Max makes his request. Will the genial genie miss his chance to help the young boy when he needs him most?
Released theatrically in the USA July 17, 1996. Color by Technicolor. Additional cast: Marshall Manesh (Malik) and Fawn Reed (Asia Moon). Additional credit: Kevin Cross (set design).
"...Glaser mounts all this with plenty of visual finesse and an obvious feel for his cast....O'Neal displays welcome chemistry and skill..." - 07/22/1996 Variety