This Day in Movie History – July 17th, 1996 – Kazaam Released

A movie featuring a basketball star playing the role of a genie was released on this day in movie history.

Kazaam was released in theaters on July 17th, 1996. The film was written by Christian Ford and Roger Soffer and directed by Paul M. Glaser.

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Kazaam was released in theaters on July 17th, 1996. The film was written by Christian Ford and Roger Soffer and directed by Paul M. Glaser. Courtesy: Buena Vista Pictures

In the film, basketball star Shaquille O’Neal plays a genie discovered by a young boy named Max. But, Kazaam isn’t in a lamp, he was found in a boombox. Now, Max has three wishes to use, but some others want the power that this unique genie–who has a tendency to rap–possesses.

The movie was a flop at the box office, making just under its estimated $20 million budget back in ticket sales. It also has generally negative reviews, scoring an average of 2.8 on IMDB from over 19,000 voters.

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