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Edison: The Wizard of Light (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie
Escaping from the orphanage, young Jack Maloney stumbles into the lab of the world's greatest inventor, Thomas Edison, Together, the create the first motion pictures.

Director:

David Devine

Writer:

Heather Conkie
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3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Welsh ... Thomas Edison
Michal Suchánek ... Young Jack Maloney
Jesse Collins Jesse Collins ... Jack Maloney
David Storch ... William Dickson
Susannah Hoffmann Susannah Hoffmann ... Kate Cruthers
James Mainprize James Mainprize ... Eadweard Muybridge
John Liddle ... Delivery Man
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Orphanage Man
Terry V. Hart Terry V. Hart ... Policeman #1
Allan Aarons Allan Aarons ... Fred Ott
Sarah Robichaud Sarah Robichaud ... Annabelle Whitford
Margery Lowe Margery Lowe ... Annie Oakley
Jennifer Rockett Jennifer Rockett ... Opera Singer
Rogue Johnston Rogue Johnston ... Sheik Hadji Tahar
Monica Munn Monica Munn ... Madame Bertoldi
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"Edison: The Wizard of Light" is a fictional account of how Thomas Edison takes under his wing an orphan named Jack who becomes his assistant at his Invention Factory. Jack grows up to become a user of one of Edison's inventions - the movie camera, i.e., Jack becomes a filmmaker and moves out of the Invention Factory. Written by Sundar Narayan <doctorsundar@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Family

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Not Rated
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Edison, a fény varázslója See more »

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Devine Entertainment See more »
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Disappointing, meandering film
12 May 2001 | by sundar-2See all my reviews

Being a fan of Edison, I put this tape into my VCR expecting a lot. The movie starts out well. Jack escapes from his orphanage and takes refuge in Edison's Invention Factory where the inventor sort of adopts him. He starts to work as Edison's office boy and witnesses how the great inventor and his assistants invent the movie camera. Edison's eccentricities are well-portrayed. Edison's Invention Factory as shown in the film looks authentic. Then the movie takes off on a tangent and loses its audience. Edison is dumped from the film which then turns its spotlights on Jack's career as a silent movie director in the early days of Hollywood. The movie explores his dissatisfaction with such a career. In other words, the flick becomes boring! Evidently, it cannot make up its mind as to whether it wants to be a bio-pic of Edison or something else the viewer cannot relate to. The film tries to pack two storylines into 53 minutes running time, so it fails.


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