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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)
2,952 ( 431)

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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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Release Date:

10 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gefangene der Zeit See more »

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Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



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Did You Know?


Originally produced as a two-part television miniseries, but re-edited and broadcast in a three hour time slot. See more »


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 »


Calvin O'Keefe: I'd come with you if they'd let me.
Meg Murry: I know.
Calvin O'Keefe: I'd kiss you, but your dad's here.
[Meg laughs]
Meg Murry: I'm ready.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Loving You (1957) See more »


Happy Medium
Written by Seán Cullen
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Worst Adaption of a Well-loved Book EVER!
8 July 2004 | by Kar_mc1See all my reviews

I have loved this book since my 5th grade teacher read it to our class many years ago. And I have read it to every one of my 3rd and 5th grade classes over my past 18 years of teaching. Supposedly a movie had been made in the past, but I'd never been able to locate it. Well, my students and I were all so excited when we heard that Disney had brought Madeline L'Engle's excellent book to the screen.

As I watched the movie, I had the highest of hopes. As the film went on, I became more and more despondent. They had botched it badly! Never had I been so let down by a favorite book-to-film adaption. I understand that films can't stick strictly to a book, but they don't need to change things for the sake of it! Most, if not all, of departures from the book were totally unnecessary!

I kept my opinion to myself at first and just listened to my students discuss the movie. Well, it wasn't just me. Nearly every single one felt the same way--cheated out of the great story that Madeline L'Engle had so skillfully created!

Why, they wondered, did Aunt Beast look like Chewbacca from the star wars movie? Why couldn't Calvin's hair have been red? Why did Mrs. Which not have the proper "witch-like" outfit that was such a clever play on her name? Basically, we all wondered--why did nearly every single detail have to be changed?

I have always dreamed of how wonderful a movie this book would make. I am still waiting for that movie. This one was A Wrinkle in Time in only the broadest of senses. I'm going to write to Peter Jackson and try to convince him to take on the task!

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