Earthsea (2004)

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A reckless youth is destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known. When the young wizard Ged discovers that he possesses infinite magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient arts. As he journeys to manhood, he will combat dragons, fall in love, cross death's threshold, and ultimately wield the power to reunite a kingdom. Written by El_Magus

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Release Date:

13 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Legend of Earthsea  »

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Ursula K. Le Guin - author of the novels the production was based on - was critical of the adaptation. Among her complaints was the "whitewashing" of her characters' ethnicities (in the novels, few of Le Guin's characters are white). Le Guin also resented a statement published by director Robert Lieberman which indicated that she approved of his take on her story. See more »


Shortly after Ged and Oigon turn their backs to the goat, the crystal from Oigon's staff falls to the ground. After the cut, the crystal is back. See more »


Tenar: So this is our destiny?
Ged: If not us, then who?
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #34.9 (2005) See more »

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I just don't understand
14 December 2004 | by (Burlington, VT) – See all my reviews

It never ceases to amaze me how some hack screenwriter can think he's gifted enough to take award-winning, much-loved source material and alter it nearly to the point of unrecognizability. This can never lead to a good outcome. This miniseries was further proof. What a complete waste of time and money. Stilted, wooden acting, lame dialogue, and pointless major plot changes (not to mention detail changes) resulted in one of the worst book-to-film adaptations I've ever seen. Several times I found myself wondering whether the people responsible for this mess had ever actually read the books. And what was up with the casting? I've never seen a bigger load of actors who are simply wrong for their parts.

How do they get funding for this stuff? I just don't get it. They should just give me the money instead -- I could have made a better adaptation with my video camera, a plastic swimming pool, and a stick of modeling clay. Unbelievable.

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