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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.


John Kent Harrison


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


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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10 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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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 »


(at around 9 mins) At the beginning of the movie when Meg and the schoolboys get into a semi-fight, the black boy is behind Meg when they're mocking her and then appears next to her in the next shot when the fight starts without time for him to have moved. See more »


Meg Murry: It's not what things look like. It's what they are like.
The Man With Red Eyes: Really? You want one? Strawberry-banana?
Charles Wallace Murry: Pineapple-peach?
Meg Murry: You hate pineapple.
Charles Wallace Murry: Surely, you know anything about me?
Meg Murry: Yeah, I am.
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(Closing dedications) For Tom, Patrick and Claire For all our brothers and sisters See more »


References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »


Happy Medium
Written by Seán Cullen
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A beautiful book lost in all the "Disney-ness"
11 May 2004 | by IwannanoSee all my reviews

I was absolutely horrified within the first 15 minutes of watching the abomination they called "A Wrinkle in Time". I've been such a fan of the book and the other two that followed that my book has worn away from 20 years of reading it over and over again. Disney DID NOT capture the true essence of this book and it's obvious that the director was neither a fan nor sat down and tried to understand the entire story.

I could go into a huge list of what was wrong with the movie - besides the fact that the story was told out of sequence, major flaws developed out of the lack of characterization and the actors that were casted for the children were completely wrong. The actress who portrayed Meg was like a cardboard cutout - she lacked emotion and I felt nothing for the character (unlike the empathy and compassion I felt for Meg in the book). Did the actress even read the book? Meg was supposed to be an ugly duckling - with glasses and braces and a very ordinary/awkward look about her. I didn't see any of that portrayed in the movie Meg. That's the entire being of the character!!! It's because of what Meg is on the outside that it becomes so important for her to learn that it's truly what she has on the inside that counts - on top of that, Calvin is able to see the real her through the glasses, braces and supposed ugliness. That's what helps to create the bond between Calvin and Meg. Don't even get me started with the lack of understanding for the true character of Charles Wallace.

The themes were skimmed across, important characters where hacked apart or changed all together and IT (who is a very main character of the story) was cut down to 5 minutes in the movie. WHAT?!?

Since I am losing comment space, I will sum it up by saying that I truly hope Disney doesn't get any bright ideas about filming either "A Wind in the Door" or "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" - but if they do, I would highly recommend hiring a director who is such a fan of the work (like Peter Jackson and the Rings trilogy) that they do the stories justice.

I think I am going to open up the book one more time and relish the beauty of the writing in an effort to wash away that pathetic effort they called a movie last night.

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