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A Ring of Endless Light (2002)

Based on the Novel by Madeline L'Engle. During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with ... See full summary »

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Greg Beeman

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Madeleine L'Engle (novel), Marita Giovanni (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mischa Barton ... Vicky Austin
Ryan Merriman ... Adam Eddington
Jared Padalecki ... Zachery Gray
Scarlett Pomers ... Suzy Austin
Soren Fulton ... Rob Austin
James Whitmore ... Grandfather
Theresa Wong ... Dr. Zand
Penny Everingham Penny Everingham ... Cecily
Christopher Kirby ... Harbor Master Dan (as Chris Kirby)
Steven Vidler ... Mr. Gray
Leo Taylor Leo Taylor ... Captain
Terry Annesley Terry Annesley ... Mate
Carol Baker Carol Baker ... Mrs. Austin
Arron Wayne Cull Arron Wayne Cull ... Mr. Austin (as Wayne Cull)
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Storyline

Based on the Novel by Madeline L'Engle. During the summer her grandfather is dying of leukemia and death seems all around, 15-year-old Vicky finds comfort with the pod of dolphins with which she has been doing research. Written by <SabrinasFather@aol.com>

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leukemia | dying | death | dolphin | yacht | See All (20) »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ring of Endless Light See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Disney Channel See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several elements from the original story have been changed: in the novel, Vicky and her family knew about her grandfather's condition the entire time, she had an older brother, her younger sister was much older and prettier, there was a third boy she was interested in, the plot element about drift nets was entirely absent, and her parents were present during the whole trip at the grandfather's house. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene, while Mischa Barton's character dreams of swimming as a mermaid, she does a somersault underwater that horribly reveals the fakeness of the tail: a flap of fabric from the waist is shown dangling, her knees scrunch up the material, and the entire waistline crinkles up. See more »

Quotes

Grandfather: [reading from Vaughn] I saw eternity the other night like a great ring of pure and endless light'
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Clumsy
28 August 2002 | by sfboy101See all my reviews

Other comments have covered how poorly this Disney made-for-tv cowflop reflects the thoughtful and emotional children's novel on which it was based. Keeping in mind that films and books are independent mediums, with different requirements for developing characters and advancing plotlines, it is sad to see how little care went into this piece.

Watch the dolphin sequences. They were obviously shot in a waterpark or aquarium, and then intercut with shots of the actors in the real sea. The water changes color from shot to shot. Clumsy. Much of the rest of the film follows suit, with bad dialogue and confusing action sequences.

Going back to the book as an adult, I am amazed that a novel aimed at young readers explored the topic of death with both directness and sensitivity. This film explores how cool it would be to have a boyfriend with a speedboat.


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