Exclusive Family Presentation the Inventors' Specials: Edison: The Wizard of Light

September 18, 1998

Seen Oct. 12 on HBO

Taking on an orphan as his apprentice, genius inventor Thomas Edison learns how an adult can make a difference in a young person's life -- and vice versa -- when THE INVENTORS' SPECIALS: "EDISON: THE WIZARD OF LIGHT," continuing a series of family specials, is seen MONDAY, OCT. 12 (7:00-8:00 p.m. ET), exclusively on HBO.

Other playdates: Oct. 8 (6:00 a.m.), 17 (6:00 a.m.), 24 (5:15 p.m.), 26 (6:00 a.m.) and 30 (2:30 p.m.).

THE INVENTORS' SPECIALS are created and produced for HBO by Devine Entertainment, which produced the acclaimed HBO family series "The Composers' Specials." Following the format of "The Composers' Specials," each of THE INVENTORS' SPECIALS tells the story of the inventor through an encounter with a young person who influences his or her work, opening up the worlds of science and art to young viewers through imaginative storytelling, striking visual imagery, compelling music and fast-paced editing.

In 1931 New York, an adult Jack Maloney (Jesse Collins) reflects on his boyhood friendship and apprenticeship with inventor Thomas Edison (Kenneth Welsh). They meet when young orphan Jack (Michael Suchanek) chooses Edison's workshop to hide from the police and the orphanage director after trying to sell stolen newspapers. Edison sides with the boy and takes him on as his apprentice, providing the youngster "quality time" with an adult for the first time in his life. Jack goes on to participate in the creation of the first motion pictures with Edison's kinetoscope.

However, Edison's workaholic perfectionism has come at the expense of his family life. When Jack voices his wish for a family, Edison encourages him to appreciate his freedom -- freedom from responsibility and freedom to think and work. Later in his life, Edison finally comes to realize, through Jack, just how important family really is.

THE INVENTORS' SPECIALS: "EDISON: THE WIZARD OF LIGHT" is produced by David Devine and Richard Mozer; co-produced by Kieran Corrigan; directed by David Devine; written by Heather Conkie; created by David Devine and Richard Mozer.

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