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The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

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A boy's life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark.


John Hodge (screenplay), Susan Cooper (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Ludwig ... Will Stanton
Christopher Eccleston ... The Rider
Ian McShane ... Merriman Lyon
Frances Conroy ... Miss Greythorne
James Cosmo ... Dawson
Jim Piddock ... Old George
Amelia Warner ... Maggie Barnes
John Benjamin Hickey ... John Stanton
Wendy Crewson ... Mary Stanton
Emma Lockhart ... Gwen Stanton
Drew Tyler Bell ... James Stanton
Edmund Entin Edmund Entin ... Robin Stanton
Gary Entin Gary Entin ... Paul Stanton
Gregory Smith ... Max Stanton
Jordan J. Dale Jordan J. Dale ... Stephen Stanton


The film tells the story of Will Stanton, a young man who learns he is the last of a group of warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark. Traveling back and forth through time, Will discovers a series of clues which lead him into a showdown with forces of unimaginable power. With the Dark once again rising, the future of the world rests in Will's hands. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Even the smallest of light... shines in the darkness

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action and some scary images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

5 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Is Rising See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,745,315, 7 October 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,791,738, 16 December 2007
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Jackson had a major role in the film but his part was entirely cut. See more »


In the scene where the snow comes through his window in his room in the attic at 13:42, the crow's feather is clearly covered quite a bit with snow in the close-up shot at 13:51. But when he picks it up at 13:54, there is no snow around. This is most readily seen in the full screen version. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Stanton: Hey man, let's get out of here.
Robin Stanton: School is out.
James Stanton: What's up, little brother? I gotta catch up with the twins.
Gwen Stanton: Hi Will.
Will Stanton: Come on, Gwen. Let's go.
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References Bridge to Terabithia (2007) See more »


The Sweetest Disguise
Written by Marisa Dupuis, Brady Erickson and Bryan Zaebst
Performed by The Sunday Drivers (as Sunday Drivers)
Courtesy of Permanent Records
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Fantasy in which the dark forces confront for dominating the world until arrival a saviour
13 April 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This fantastic film concerns on a young boy Will Stanton(Alexander Ludwig), he's the seventh son of a seven sons(Gregory Smith, among others) from Stanton parents(Wendy Crewson,John Hickey). Thanks a strange group(Ian McShane,Frances Conroy,Jim Piddock) Will aware in his fourteenth birthday that he's the last and powerful warrior who ought to fight against the forces of the dark led by the Rider(Christopher Eccleston). Meantime Will fall in love with a beautiful young girl named Maggie(Amelia Warner). Will Stanton must to seek a series of clues which lead to seven hidden shinning objects . The future of the mankind rests in his own powers as traveling back and forward throughout time.

This youth fantasy feature contains amazing adventures, emotion, imagination and impressive production values. It takes parts here and there from C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and J.K Rowling's Harry Potter. Breathtaking ending confrontation between the dark and light forces with outstanding array of special effects and full of witchcraft and wizardry abound. It's lavishly produced about 45 million dollars though was a flop at the box office. Spectacular production design filmed on location in Romania and adding a luxurious cinematography by Joel Ransom. Emotive and stirring musical score by Christophe Beck. The tale is based on Susan Cooper novel and screenplay by John Hodge(Transporting). The motion picture picture is regularly paced by David L Cunningham but contains some flaws and gaps. Cunningham is a good director as TV movie(Little house on the prairie,The path to P/1) as cinema(To end all wars, After).

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