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A Wrinkle in Time (2003)

A young girl and her genius kid brother are aided by three curious witches in their search for their missing scientist father, captive of an omnipotent otherworldly villain simply called 'It' whose evil is slowly infecting the universe.

Director:

John Kent Harrison

Writers:

Susan Shilliday (teleplay), Madeleine L'Engle (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Stuart ... Meg Murry
Gregory Smith ... Calvin O'Keefe
David Dorfman ... Charles Wallace Murry
Chris Potter ... Dr. Jack Murry
Kyle Secor ... The Man With Red Eyes
Seán Cullen ... Happy Medium
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Dr. Dana Murry
Kate Nelligan ... Mrs. Which
Alison Elliott ... Mrs. Who
Alfre Woodard ... Mrs. Whatsit
Munro Chambers ... Sandy Murry
Thomas Chambers Thomas Chambers ... Dennys Murry
Ellen Dubin ... Aunt Beast
Guy Fauchon Guy Fauchon ... Bingo Man
Alexander Pollock Alexander Pollock ... Eric O'Keefe
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Storyline

Meg and Charles Wallace are aided by Calvin and three interesting women, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who in the search for their father who disappeared during an experiment he was working on for the government. Their travels take them around the universe to a place unlike any other. They must learn to trust each other and to understand that everyone is different. Written by Mandy Heuer

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To rescue their father, they must save the universe.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wrinkle in Time See more »

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Runtime:

(cable) | (cable) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Filmed in 2001 for TV but not shown until 4/25/2003 in Canada (screened at the Toronto Sprockets International Film Festival for Children, now TIFF Kids International Film Festival) and 5/10/2004 in the U.S. (broadcast on ABC). See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Whatsit says (at around 18 mins), "if this insect wanted to travel across my left hand to my right hand..." the insect is actually sitting in her right hand, pointing towards her left hand. See more »

Quotes

Charles Wallace Murry: I should introduce you both to Mrs. Whatsit.
Dr Dana Murray: Mrs. Who?
Charles Wallace Murry: No, that's the other one.
Dr Dana Murray: What?
Charles Wallace Murry: No, Whatsit.
Dr Dana Murray: What Whatsit?
Charles Wallace Murry: I just told you.
Meg Murry: Uh, hang on. Who is Mrs. Whatsit? Is this the person that's been talking to you in your head? Is she one of your imaginary friends?
Charles Wallace Murry: No. She's just as real as you and me. Maybe even realer.
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Crazy Credits

(Closing dedications) For Tom, Patrick and Claire For all our brothers and sisters See more »

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Happy Medium
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Very true to the Book...
8 April 2005 | by arkofthekundertSee all my reviews

... Well, for a TV adaptation of a book that is.

First off, I'm a BIG fan of "A Wrinkle in Time".

There where somethings that where left out (mostly for timing I would guess), and something changed, most notably *IT* wasn't a personality the same way *IT* was in the book. Instead the Red Eyed Man's role was beefed up, and he was more or less the mouth piece of *IT*. Frankly, (and I'm soooo sorry for saying this) I think *IT* having it's original role from the book would not have translated very well at all. Somethings work in a book, some on TV show, some on a TV movie, and some on a BIG SCREEN movie, but one will not inherently translate to the other.

Granted, the CGI wasn't ILM quality, but hey, special effects are just a tool to HELP tell a story, if it does the job, fine with me, photo quality CGI isn't what makes a movie/story great (coughs *Star Wars: Episode II*) it's the writing. In particular the characterization of the people in the story.

Katie Stuart, Gregory Smith, and David Dorfman all played the role's of Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace extremely well. Which is why on the whole I give it a 9 out of 10.

The only REAL low point was with the Happy Medium. Sorry, but that part just didn't fly well. I don't know if it was the directing, the acting, the fact somethings just don't translate well, or whatever, but this part just left a bad taste in my mouth.

So is it as good as the book my 3rd grade teacher read me 16 years ago? Well, no but I'll stand by it as being as good as a story adaptation like "A Wrinkle in Time" can be given how unique and boldly original of a story it is. IMHO it does justice to Madeleine L'Engle.


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