Three celestial beings (Alfre Woodard, Kate Nelligan, Alison Elliott) help two children travel through time to find their father and his lab partner.
A Wrinkle in Time is a television film based on the childrens fantasy novel of the same name by Madeleine LEngle.
In 2003, a television adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time was produced by multiple Canadian production companies to be distributed in the United States by Disney. The TV movie was directed by John Kent Harrison, from a teleplay written by Susan Shilliday. Although footage from the project appeared in a trailer on Spy Kids DVD and VHS copies as early as 2001 (In the Canadian Home Video Release, it uses the Trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring included on DVD and VHS instead of the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time) broadcast of the completed film was delayed several times; it finally aired in the United States on May 10, 2004, on ABC.
Based on a children's series by the same name. Meg and Charles Wallace are aided by Calvin and three interesting women in the search for their father who disappeared during a government experiment. Their travels take them around the universe to a place unlike any other.
Meg Murry is having a difficult time. Her father, astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murry, has mysteriously disappeared. Her youngest brother, Charles Wallace, a genius, is teased and belittled and thought to be stupid because he does not talk to anyone but family. Meg does not get along with her peers, teachers, her 10-year-old twin brothers, or even with herself.
Into this unhappy situation comes a stranger, the mysterious, weirdly dressed Mrs Whatsit, and her friends Mrs Who and Mrs Which. They take Meg, Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin OKeefe via tesseract to other planets, preparing the children for a mission to rescue Dr. Murry from the malevolent "IT" on the planet Camazotz. Along the way they ride on the back of a beautiful winged creature (the transformed Mrs Whatsit), learn about the shadow of tangible evil known as the Black Thing, and visit the Happy Medium.
Once they reach Camazotz, however, it is up to Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace to face the dangers of CENTRAL Central Intelligence, aided only by each other and a pair of Mrs Whos glasses. They do find and rescue Dr. Murry, but Charles Wallace is seduced away from his family by ITs agent, the Man with Red Eyes, and thus comes under the control of IT. Dr. Murry manages to tesser himself, Meg and Calvin away from Camazotz, but Charles Wallace is left behind, trapped in the mind of IT. Angry with her father, Calvin and herself for leaving Charles Wallace behind, Meg is cared for by the sightless and motherly Aunt Beast on the planet Ixchel, and argues with Mrs Which about returning to rescue her brother. Returning alone to Camazotz, Meg must find a quality in herselfâ€”loveâ€”to free Charles Wallace, and possibly free the planet Camazotz as well.Katie Stuart as Meg Murry
Gregory Smith as Calvin OKeefe
David Dorfman as Charles Wallace Murry
Chris Potter as Dr. Jack Murry
Kyle Secor as the Man With Red Eyes and "Hank", Jack Murrys research partner
Sean Cullen as the Happy Medium
Sarah-Jane Redmond as Dr. Dana Murry
Kate Nelligan as Mrs. Which the witch
Alison Elliott as Mrs. Who the talking lady
Alfre Woodard as Mrs. Whatsit, the lady with the clothes
Munro Chambers and Thomas Chambers as The Twins
A Wrinkle in Time received generally negative reviews from film critics. In a Q&A with MSNBC/Newsweek Entertainment reporter Melinda Henneberger, author LEngle said of the film "I have glimpsed it... I expected it to be bad, and it is."
A Wrinkle in Time was premiered at the Toronto Childrens Film Festival in 2003. There it won the festivals 2003 Best Feature Film Award, as chosen "by Sprockets audiences".
Originally produced as a television miniseries, A Wrinkle in Time was at one point intended to air on two nights in February 2002. It was postponed, however, rescheduled for February 2003, postponed again, cut to 128 minutes, and aired in a single three-hour block on May 10, 2004.
The film was released on DVD, on November 16, 2004. The special features included deleted scenes, a "behind the scenes" segment, and a "very rare" interview with Madeleine LEngle who discusses the novel.
The home video rights to the film have since been obtained by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, which has released the title both as a standalone DVD and as part of several family film bundles.