A Wrinkle in Time

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Overview

A pair of misfit siblings travel across time and space to save their father from enslavement in this made-for-TV adaptation of the classic children's novel by Madeleine L'Engle. Meg Murry (Katie Stuart), a tomboy who fits in with neither the kids nor the teachers at her New England middle school, feels bereft when her scientist father vanishes, leading to unsavory speculation from small-town gossips. But thanks to Charles Wallace (David Dorfman), her gifted but idiosyncratic younger brother, Meg befriends Mrs. ...
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Overview

A pair of misfit siblings travel across time and space to save their father from enslavement in this made-for-TV adaptation of the classic children's novel by Madeleine L'Engle. Meg Murry (Katie Stuart), a tomboy who fits in with neither the kids nor the teachers at her New England middle school, feels bereft when her scientist father vanishes, leading to unsavory speculation from small-town gossips. But thanks to Charles Wallace (David Dorfman), her gifted but idiosyncratic younger brother, Meg befriends Mrs. Who (Alison Elliott), Mrs. Whatsit (Alfre Woodard), and Mrs. Which (Kate Nelligan) -- three cosmic beings who lead Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe (Gregory Smith) on a journey to the sinister planet Camazotz, where Dr. Murry (Chris Potter) has been captured by the coercive power known as IT. Afflicted by hubris and naïveté, young Charles Wallace falls under IT's thrall, forcing Meg, Calvin, and their allies on a dangerous flight across time and space. But thanks to the healing touch of a kindly monster known as Aunt Beast (Ellen Dubin), Meg is able to face her own insecurities and attempt a final rescue of her loved ones. Originally broadcast May 10, 2004, on ABC, A Wrinkle in Time was released as an installment of the long-running Wonderful World of Disney.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Rare interview with famed author Madeleine L'Engle; Behind-the-scenes cast featurette; Deleted scenes; Fullscreen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
In the age of the Harry Potter juggernaut, it's easy to root for a made-for-TV adaptation of a beloved children's fantasy written decades before that genre seized the zeitgeist. But ABC's version of the classic fable A Wrinkle in Time fails in so many ways that it's impossible to rejoice, no matter how wonderful the source material. From cheap, incredibly hokey special effects to tween pandering at the casting call (why is Meg so attractive?) this Disney TV movie has compromise written all over it. To begin with, Susan Shilliday's screenplay spends far too much time establishing the plot's background and protagonist Meg's essential miserableness. By the time the supernatural hijinks kick in, young viewers -- not to mention their adult compatriots -- may well have lost interest. Even worse is the portrayal of Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which, three beguiling presences in the novel whose translation into the cinematic flesh proves far to fussily eccentric and not nearly magical enough. The final nail in the film's coffin comes in the casting of David Dorfman as Charles Wallace, Meg's frequently mute, yet incomparably brilliant five-year-old brother. Broadcasting his character's abnormalities as if he were auditioning for "Rain Man: The Early Years," Dorfman saps the power from a character who should be engagingly understated. Depressing literalism proves to be the film's overall crippling failure; if the budget doesn't allow for a computer-generated facsimile of magic, the least the filmmakers could do is provide the real thing in the writing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 786936208757
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dimension
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katie Stuart Meg Murry
Alfre Woodard Mrs. Whatsit
Sean Cullen
David Dorfman
Ellen Dubin Aunt Beast
Alison Elliott Mrs. Who
Kate Nelligan Mrs. Which
Chris Potter
Sarah-Jane Redmond
Kyle Secor
Gregory Smith
Technical Credits
John Kent Harrison Director
Stewart Bradley Special Effects Supervisor
Fitch Cady Producer
Sandy Cochrane Production Designer
Jeff Danna Score Composer
Jay Firestone Executive Producer
Adam Haight Executive Producer
Troy Hansen Production Designer
Jon Joffin Cinematographer
Jordan Kerner Executive Producer
Michael Leahy Producer
Philip Linzey Cinematographer
Josanne B. Lovick Executive Producer
Susan Maggi Editor
Graeme Murray Production Designer
Catherine O'Dell Executive Producer
Patricia Rozema Executive Producer
Susan Shilliday Teleplay
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [8:00]
2. Reading People [10:10]
3. Special Bird [17:27]
4. A Wild Ride [5:56]
5. The Happy Medium [6:10]
6. Central Intelligence [12:58]
7. Another Place [9:32]
8. Charles Wallace [8:49]
9. Unseen Things [1:30]
10. Home? [9:23]
11. It [14:04]
12. Goodness and Light [9:55]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      A Conversation With Madeleine L'Engle
      The Actors: Working the Wrinkle
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Meg Visits Dad at Work
         Dad Explains Project to Mom
         Dad & Hank Discover the Tesseract
         The Children Are Tested
         Meg Confronts Calvin
      Register Your DVD
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Sacred Planet
      Walt Disney Pictures Presents - The Young Black Stallion
      Where the Red Fern Grows
      Eloise at Christmastime
      Boy Meets World
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The book was better

    I recently watched the movie in class time at school and i thought that it didn't do the book any justice. the book introduced the scientific ideas a lot better while in the movie the concept was hard to understand and the bad special effects were no help. The actors did pretty well but the dialogue was unbelievable. Most of the time the movie was mushy and corny which i guess it was in the book too but it was a lot harder to watch it than to read it. Overall, i think the book was a lot better and the movie needed a lot more work for it to be taken seriously.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Magical Movie - A Wrinkle in Time

    This is a truly magical movie that talks about the fight between good and evil, hatred and love as the young heros/heroines, Meg,Calvin and Charles Wallas set out to fight the darkness and save Meg and Charles Wallas. This a remarkable adventure thaat you'll never forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wrinkle In Time - English Class

    Well, A Wrinkle In Time! Where do I start? As a film adaptation this was pretty average and compared to the book this was a bit of a let down. I didn’t particularly like this film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time because it didn’t stay true to the book, as it had some serious differences. After reading the book for English I decided that I loved it! Then I was so excited that we would get to see the film adaptations and was expecting some brilliant special effects etc so that I could understand what L’Engle was trying to get across in her novel. What a let down that turned out to be! Right from the beginning I could see some major differences that just didn’t work for me. The movie just didn’t live up to my expectations and it didn’t do any credit to the imaginative story written by an extraordinary genius that is Madeleine L’Engle. Don’t see the movie if you are a big fan of L’Engle’s story because you will be sorely disappointed! However, if you are watching the movie for entertainment purposes (or educational like me) then you might enjoy it. Although the movie wasn't particularly good i appreciate John Kent Harrison for trying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tesser to Camazotz

    "A Wrinkle In Time" is an imaginative storyline that's been brought to life after over 35 years. John Kent Harrison has been able to have fantastic actors/actresses that suit the movie perfectly. Ever since I read the book in English, it has been a fantastic film adaption and now it's time to tesser back to reality!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Review on "A Wrinkle in Time"

    My friend and I found the adapted version of 'A Wrinkle In Time' interesting. Compared with the written text, the film adaptation was better in some areas. For example, in the film, we did not get to see IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wrinkle in time editorial

    John Kent Harrison's adaptation of 'A Wrinkle in time' fails to follow everything that happens in the book. I understand that this may not have been possible, especially in 128 minutes. This is my point of view but if I hadn't read the book I probably would have deeply enjoyed the movie because the viewer doesn't necessarily know what scenes happen in the book or the event of Mr. Murray's disappearance. It was interesting to see Charles Wallace's (David Dorfman) character portrayed in the film, especially since he is a gifted child, only a few like him in the universe. Meg Murray (Katie Stuart) is the dumb ugly older sister who isn't confident or sure of herself. She struggles with life without her beloved father who will fix everything for her. The Mrs. W's (Mrs. Which/Kate Nelligan- Mrs Who/Alison Elliot- Mrs Whatsit/Alfre Woodard) come to help them save Camazotz and to rescue their missing father. Calvin (Gregory Smith) joins them on their journey and become very close friends, especially with Meg. They are whisked of their planet Earth to Uriel, the resting place and Camazotz the planet to be rescued from the darkness that is IT….. "IT WAS, IT IS, IT WILL BE", as the voice over repeats, from time to time again. Do the children live up to be heroes in their own right or are they just a bunch of faithless darkened souls? Do Meg and Calvin kiss? There are some downfalls and highlights about the film 'A Wrinkle in time' sadly it isn't the movie for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wrinkle In Time

    This film is a terrible disgrace because it has terrible graphics. The graphics were disapointing as they did not satisfy the text 'A Wrinkle In Time'. The characters did not display much emotion and need much more improvement. Also, IT was not even seen. this caused much disappointment as I was looking forward to this gruesome part of the movie. Therefore, i believe that this should not be recommended to anyone as i rate it one star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wRINKLE IN TIME

    The film was okay, but i don't recommend that it should go in the movies as it has editorial or graphic problems in the film. Because of the characters, and the tessract. :) !!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What i think of the film

    Directed by John Kent Harrison comes Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel, A Wrinkle in Time. Some say that it’s not able to fully satisfy the viewer’s expectations of the novel, but yet delivers a visual medium to the book. Meg Murray played by Katie Stuart is reticent and the oldest chid of the 4 Murray Kids. Born to Astrophysicists, Dr Jack & Dr Dana Murray Meg is seen as to be the neglected on of the family. After the sudden disappearance of her father, Meg is seen in a troubled world coping with the loss of her father, schoolwork and the so-called ‘Tesseract’. Throughout her journey she picks up the strings with a close bond with her younger, brighter 6-year-old brother Charles Wallace, played by David Dorfman. They set off on a journey to find their father and themselves along with Mrs Whatsit (Alfre Woodward), Mrs Who (Allison Elliot) and Mrs Which (Kate Nelligan) and not to mention Calvin O’Keefe (Gregory Smith). They embark on an eccentric, fun filled and not to mention dangerous journey of time travel. Using the Tesseract to get to one place to another and encountering IT. The film tries to tie in with the original novel by Madeleine L’Engle and making connections to the basic storyline. The special effects are disappointing towards L’Engle’s imagination in the novel, even though she approved it, it should’ve been done better. In conclusion it must be said that the film does adapt the film, and should be a family movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved the book, not the movie

    I wish this had been a better movie. The story deserved something of a higher quality with actors who weren't so attractive and the special effects weren't so special.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Movie!

    I just watched this movie and it is one of the best movies I've ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wrinkle in Time

    I love this movie. For starters, they picked the absolutely perfect people to play in this movie. And the music is awesome. The plot is well thought out and entertaining. I didn't like the fact that Meg didn't wear glasses, though, because I love the "dream boat" scene in the book. I was also unhappy when Meg and Calvin didn't kiss. Except for a couple of cheesy scenes and effects, like the "astronaut dance," and some other minor changes from the book, it gave the book its justice. I hope they make the other books by Madeleine L'Engle movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wrinkle in Time

    I love this movie! In sixth grade, I read the book and fell in love with it. I didn't even know the movie existed until it came on ABC a couple years ago. I only got to watch a few small scenes. I rented it from Blockbuster and was sooo excited. They changed a few minor details like cutting out the "dream boat eyes" scene, which is one of my favorites, because Meg didn't have glasses. That and some cheesy graphics and scenes, like with the astronaut, are all I can complain about. I absolutely love the music, and they picked the perfect people to play in this movie. Now, in eighth grade, I'm rereading it, and am thinking the movie gave it its justice, which is extremely rare in my experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Time Worthy

    I saw the movie the day it came out on T.V. and i loved it. It was a great adaptation of the book. The only problem I had was that the special effects graphics were pretty bad but then what can you expect from a T.V. movie but overall it was a superb movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it!!

    I read this book in seventh grade and loved it. The Time Quartet are some of my favorite books. When I saw they had a movie I was so excited. I think they did a marvelous job on this movie. They only changed a few minor details, and everything else looked exactly how I imagined it would. I wish they would make the rest of the books into movies. Good Job!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A major disappointment.

    This movie was a major disappointment. It was a disgrace to Madeleine L'Engle's great novel. There were some minor changes, but everything just looked ridiculous. A movie for this book had SO much potential, but ABC Disney made a very bad movie. Everything looked ridiculous. Even the cover of the DVD looks comletely stupid. Two thumbs, down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big fan of Book, now big fan of movie!

    I read 'A Wrinkle in Time' when I was in 6th grade, then just last year I saw they had made a movie. I loved it! Filled with action,bravery and Mithical creatures you couldn't even emagine. And if you've read the book you'll love to see all your favorite people and creatures come to life on the screen.

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    Posted January 16, 2010

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    Posted February 7, 2009

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