A Ring of Endless Light

2002

A Ring of Endless Light

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Vacationing on Seven Bay Island in the summer of her 16th year, budding poet Victoria "Vicky" Austin (Mischa Barton) is faced with the approaching death of her beloved grandfather (James Whitmore), who is suffering from leukemia. In hopes of briefly forgetting her troubles, Vicky begins assisting a handsome young researcher named Adam (Ryan Merriman) who is working with sea mammals. In this capacity, Vicky discovers that she possesses the unique gift of being able to communicate with dolphins -- and also finds herself romantically torn between Adam and a wealthy suitor named Zach (Jared Padalecki). Suspense enters the picture when the dolphins "tell" Vicky of an illegal driftnet fishing operation. Based on the 1981 novel by Madeleine L'Engle and location-filmed in Australia, A Ring of Endless Light made its cable-TV premiere over the Disney Channel on August 23, 2002.

Cast

Mischa Barton
as Vicky Austin
Ryan Merriman
as Adam Eddington
Jared Padalecki
as Zachary Gray
Scarlett Pomers
as Suzy Austin
Soren Fulton
as Rob Austin
James Whitmore
as Grandfather `Reverend' Eaton
Christopher Kirby
as Harbor Master Dan
Wayne Cull
as Dr. Austin
Theresa Wong
as Doctor Zand
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  • Director Greg Beeman does as much as is required with the simplified script, which has totally eliminated the contemplative and edgier facets of the book.

    September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

    Laura Fries

    Variety
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  • Madeline L'Engle fans will notice changes in the TV adaptation of her novel... a strong dash of the tale's poignant spirit survives, thanks to Mischa Barton's luminous presence as Vicky and the venerable James Whitmore as her tender and wise grandfather.

    September 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Environmental teen drama has positive themes and dolphins.

    June 1, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, director Greg Beeman's concentration on human sentiment eventually works against the movie.

    September 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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