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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... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Sebastian Roché ...  Tygath 2 episodes, 2005
Chris Gauthier ...  Vetch 2 episodes, 2005
Jennifer Calvert ...  Kossil 2 episodes, 2005
Emily Hampshire ...  Rosa 2 episodes, 2005
Mark Hildreth ...  Jasper 2 episodes, 2005
Alan Scarfe ...  Arch Magus 2 episodes, 2005
Alessandro Juliani ...  Skiorch 2 episodes, 2005
Erin Karpluk ...  Diana 2 episodes, 2005
Dave 'Squatch' Ward ...  Dunain 2 episodes, 2005
Mark Acheson ...  Gebbeth 2 episodes, 2005
John Tench ...  General Doar 2 episodes, 2005
Heather Laura Gray ...  Penelope 2 episodes, 2005
Amanda Tapping ...  Lady Elfarren 2 episodes, 2005
Betty Phillips ...  Marion 2 episodes, 2005
Katharine Isabelle ...  Yarrow 2 episodes, 2005
Richard Side ...  Doorkeeper 2 episodes, 2005
William Samples ...  Doctor Hand 2 episodes, 2005
Antony Holland ...  Master Namer 2 episodes, 2005
R. Nelson Brown ...  Master Herbal 2 episodes, 2005
Chris Britton ...  Master Summoner 2 episodes, 2005
Neil Grayston ...  Roke Student with Knife 2 episodes, 2005
Brad Loree ...  Kargide Lieutenant at Osskil 2 episodes, 2005
Peter Kent ...  Dragon's Voice (2004) / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Curtis Caravaggio ...  Kargide Commander 2 episodes, 2005
Kit Mallet Kit Mallet ...  Kargide Ged 2 episodes, 2005
John DeSantis ...  Kargide Soldier #1 2 episodes, 2005
Peter Williams ...  Kargide Soldier #2 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Roselli ...  Kargide Birdhandler 2 episodes, 2005
Brad Kelly ...  Kargide Guard in Cell 2 episodes, 2005
Cedric De Souza ...  Kargide Torturer 2 episodes, 2005
Sakalas Uzdavinys ...  Cell Guard 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Dimopoulos ...  Ship's Master 2 episodes, 2005
Alex Diakun ...  Thorvald 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Park ...  Shepherd 2 episodes, 2005
Frank C. Turner ...  Farmer 2 episodes, 2005
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...  Farmer's Wife 2 episodes, 2005
Ellie King Ellie King ...  Busty Wench 2 episodes, 2005
Stefan Arngrim ...  Shire Reeve 2 episodes, 2005
Christopher R. Sumpton Christopher R. Sumpton ...  Barman 2 episodes, 2005
Tom Heaton ...  Fisherman 2 episodes, 2005
Paul Jamieson ...  Drinker 2 episodes, 2005
Shawn Ashmore ...  Ged 2 episodes, 2005
Danny Glover ...  Ogion 2 episodes, 2005
Kristin Kreuk ...  Tenar 2 episodes, 2005
Isabella Rossellini ...  Thar 2 episodes, 2005
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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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Ursula K. Le Guin, author of the novels on which the production is based, was critical of the adaptation. Among her complaints was the "whitewashing" of her characters' races (in the novels, few of Le Guin's characters are white). Le Guin also resented a statement published by director Robert Lieberman intoning that she approved of his take on her story. See more »

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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 »

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Jasper: [after conjuring up a tree] Blacksmith, why don't you show us what you can do? You could make something miniscule become enormous. Your brain for instance.
Ged: You might want to try that trick on yourself too, Jasper, just aim a little lower.
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Greatness to Mediocrity
15 December 2004 | by blyden4See all my reviews

Legends of Earthsea has a quality cast and acting -- though a cast that was largely south Asian or middle eastern might have been truer to the original story -- and also does nice things with settings, sets, and computer graphics, and could be an enjoyable TV movie in its own right, if the viewer were not aware of and comparing it to the original story.

The great shortcoming is the script and storyline, which has mangled the first two books of the Earthsea trilogy -- one of the greatest pieces of writing in the fantasy genre by one of the greatest fantasy and science fiction writers -- into a very mediocre, formulaic fantasy production with a story that bears only a passing resemblance to the original. The story suffers from a peripheral character, the Kargad king, being blown into a major character to provide a central villain, all but destroying the nuance and social complexity of antagonism in the original stories. The original stories have a strong theme of growth through the lifecourse of the central character, Ged. Collapsing the stories together and shortening the time frame has required a number of story changes which weaken this central theme. A number of changes have been made with respect to Atuan that play into a sappy, very unsatisfactory ending.

If you want cheap entertainment this is a good movie. If you want truly great stories, and fantasy reading that offers insight into your everyday life and commentary on the world, read the books instead: A Wizard of Earthsea, Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, by Ursula LeGuin. The later Tehanu continues the story of Ged, but is, IMO, less deserving of praise.


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