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A Wrinkle In Time

3.5 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews

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Madeleine L'Engle's best-selling and beloved Newbery Award-winning novel bursts to life in a spectacular family film that TV Guide calls "a charming and imaginative film." When astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murry disappears without a trace, his children, Meg and Charles Wallace, and neighbor Calvin O'Keefe embark on a cosmic quest to find him. Guided by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, the children travel to a distant planet and encounter a society controlled by an evil force. They must trust themselves and one another if they are to rescue Dr. Murry and return home safely. Enjoy the nonstop excitement and adventure of A WRINKLE IN TIME, starring Academy Award(R)-nominated actress Alfre Woodard (1984 Best Supporting Actress, CROSS CREEK) and teen idol Gregory Smith from TV's EVERWOOD. It's an amazing journey your family will want to take over and over again.

Director John Kent Harrison's imaginative film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 A Wrinkle in Time may not be able to fully satisfy the immense expectations of those decidedly loyal to L'Engle's book, yet delivers a family thriller impressive enough to stand on its own merits. Katie Stuart plays Meg Murry, the introverted, intelligent oldest child of Dr. Jack Murry, an astrophysicist who has suddenly disappeared without a trace. As Meg struggles with her father's absence and her own coming-of-age awkwardness, she tightens her bond with Charles Wallace (David Dorfman), her brilliant, eccentric 6-year-old brother. When a trio of celestial beings summons them to find their father, the children are joined by neighbor Calvin O'Keefe (Gregory Smith) to embark on a dangerous journey of time travel. They "tesseract" onto the planet Camazotz where Dr. Murry is being held prisoner by an evil force. The film retains the essence of the novel, and deftly employs its 128-minute running time to build viewer affinity for the heroic children. The special effects will not disappoint, though the climatic last battle should have held closer to the book. Stuart is exemplary as the understated and deeply reflective Meg, while Dorfman dazzles as conflicted Charles Wallace. (Ages 8 and older) --Lynn Gibson

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  • Actors: Katie Stuart, David Dorfman, Gregory Smith, Chris Potter, Kyle Secor
  • Directors: John Kent Harrison
  • Writers: Madeleine L'Engle, Susan Shilliday
  • Producers: Adam Haight, Catherine Hand, Fitch Cady, Jay Firestone, Jordan Kerner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VEX64
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,118 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Wrinkle In Time" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
I had great fear when I heard that Disney was planning on making a TV Miniseries out of the classic "A Wrinkle In Time," because I knew just how awful most Disney TV movies are, and just how many liberties they would try to take for the sake of a TV audience. When ABC continued to postpone the airing of "Wrinkle" for almost two full years, I had even greater fear, because, more often than not, the reason for a very long delay in release is because the product is nigh-to-worthless. When I heard that the original 4-hour Miniseries plan was cut down to a 3-hour movie, that fear doubled. And then, ABC announced it would air beginning at 8pm, when most kids wouldn't be able to stay awake for the whole thing. All of this didn't bode well, and gave me the feeling that ABC didn't want anyone to see this movie.

After all is said-and-done, "A Wrinkle In Time" greatly exceeded my expectations. Sure, liberties were taken, but the majority of the items that were changed for the film were changed in a logical fashion, and would only be cited by die-hard L'Engleites.


- The casting. They didn't go for the pre-fabricated Hollywood ideal. Meg is pretty, but not a stunning supermodel with huge "assets." Calvin is kinda weird-looking. Charles-Wallace is a cute kid, but gives off an unexpected creepiness. And, despite my initial reservations, Alfre Woodard didn't annoy me at all.

- The acting. Top notch performances from all. Meg and Calvin had all of the chemistry and depth that the book demanded. Charles-Wallace, while occasionally slipping into cheese-mode, gave one of the creepiest performances I've seen since the original "Bad Seed."

- The set design. Specifically, the Murray house, and the planet Camazotz.
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Flawed, but far from awful (which is what many readers of the beloved novel feared), this adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 `A Wrinkle in Time' is highly compelling. I suspect this may have been a labor of love for director John Kent Harrison.

This film still retains much of the books sense of wonder and philosophy. The characters, plot and milestones are all still here, and as a blueprint the movie follows the book faithfully. Even some of the books famous lines "Wild nights are my glory", "By the way there is such a thing as a teserract", and "We are here" remain. Many scenes and locales vary and shift, and screenplay writer Susan Shilliday invents some L'Engle-esque touches of her own (flower storms, glow worms, ect.) Her dialogue is also quite different; it's much subtler though sometimes a bit awkward.

If you are one of those people who look to a literary film adaptation to be a letter-by-letter recount of the book then you'll probably hate this film. And if you're the kind of literary stickler that gets into the whole minutia of hair color I can only further urge you to stay away. It's NOT the book; it's a film and an updated re-imagining and re-invention of the story in a different medium. I found the changes compelling, but others may find them more than they can bear.

The book is and always will be a classic, a revelation and a pioneering milestone in the field of great children's literature. Like the works of JK Rowling and CS Lewis, Mrs. L'Engle's gorgeous and superior series will always be near and dear and untainted by ANY film version good or bad. Their written words have and WILL always stand the test of time. I doubt this film has the power to ever change that.

Moving on.
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I could go into full detail about how this movie compared to the book. I won't. I saw it for what it was, a movie. I've been curious for a long time about it, so I bought it and watched it with my family. Instead of my husband and I taking our kids to the movies, we bought this hoping it would be good.

I was curious about what other members thought of this film and after watching the movie I'm saddened to see that those who put it down and called it awful missed the points. It's not about crystal balls or witchcraft, though don't even get me started because The Wizard of Oz is a beloved classic and has those same features!! This story had a heart. It was about acceptance of one's self, about not assuming things about others, about love for your family, about judgement, about believing children come into this world with gifts we as grown ups take for granted.

I saw my kids in this movie. I grew a little more as a person watching it.

I am perhaps someone who is different from others. When I go to see a movie, I don't just go and see if for entertainment. I see it hoping to learn something new about myself. Life is full of lessons and I try not to miss them.

I am saddened by those parents that said they'd never let their kids see this movie. It means as a society we have not become any more open minded. If you want to say the movie is not as good as the book I can accept that. But for it's content, nah. I thought it was beautiful. Best of all, so did my kids.
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Before there was Harry Potter and Lemony Snickett, there was Meg, Calvin, and little Charles Wallace. "A Wrinkle In Time" was the beginning of one of the best fantasies for older children and, yes, even adults. This film based on the first book in the fantasy is okay, but I feel as if the entire series was cheated when compared to such juggernauts as Potter and Lemony. I enjoy the Potter films and books as much as anyone, but I think that more attention should have been paid to "A Wrinkle In Time." Not only was it the first "big" book that I ever read, it was also the first fantasy that I had ever read. I fell in love with it immediately and it encouraged me to read even more books. A couple of years ago, at the age of twenty-six, I read "Wrinkle" again, because I loved it so much.

Alfre Woodard is great as Ms. Whatsit, and Who and Which are also excellent. The little boy chosen to play Charles Wallace was fantastic, he looked really creepy when It took over him. The rest of the cast is superb as well, but that isn't where my complaint lies.

My complaint is with the production. When the children travel throught the tesseract, fly on Ms. Whatsit, meet the Happy Medium, etc., the production looks like something off of Sci-Fi channel. Also, something is lost in the translation to the screen, and the story comes off slow, plodding, and uninteresting at times. Money is always an issue with films of this sort, but you'd think that Disney would have plunked down a little more dough on this picture. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. Instead, the actors are forced to drudge along through the story in an attempt to make the best of what they've been given.

Hopefully someone will come along and give this brilliant story the proper treatment it deserves.
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