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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | TV Movie 5 December 2004
A bookworm becomes the librarian. Same night a magical spear gets stolen and he's off to get some real life experience around the globe on his quest for the spear - starting with being thrown off a plane over Amazonas by his cute helper.

Director:

Peter Winther

Writer:

David N. Titcher (as David Titcher)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noah Wyle ... Flynn Carsen
Sonya Walger ... Nicole Noone
Bob Newhart ... Judson
Kyle MacLachlan ... Edward Wilde
Kelly Hu ... Lana
David Dayan Fisher ... Rhodes
Jane Curtin ... Charlene
Olympia Dukakis ... Margie Carsen
Lisa Brenner ... Debra
Mario Iván Martínez ... Professor Harris (as Mario Ivan Martinez)
Clyde Kusatsu ... Head Monk
Alejandra Gollas ... Student #1
José Montini José Montini ... Janitor
Jessica Moreno ... Jill
Mauricio Llera ... Sweater Guy
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Storyline

Flynn, an over 30 "professional student," is banned from more classes, since he already has 22 degrees. Unexpectedly hired by a mysterious library, he's soon pursuing a stolen artifact from the library, a pursuit taking him to far-off lands. Written by trivwhiz

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Intelligence can only get you so far when you have to save the world. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

TNT [United States]

Country:

USA | Germany

Release Date:

5 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Librarian See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Artifacts in the Library are: Tesla's Death Ray, The Holy Grail, Little Boy (atomic bomb), The Ark of the Covenant, The Golden Fleece, King Midas, Excalibur, the Goose that laid the golden egg, Pandora's Box, the real Mona Lisa (a copy is in the Louvre), a Unicorn, the Rocketeer's Jetpack, Ali Baba's Flying Carpet, and the Spear of Longinus (Spear of Destiny). See more »

Goofs

When Nicole pushes Flynn out of the plane, he flies by the windows as people are asleep and reading. As soon as the door came off the cabin would have de-pressurized and breathing masks would have dropped. (The people inside the plane were not on another deck, which may have been separately pressurized.) See more »

Quotes

Charlene: What makes you think you could be the Librarian?
Flynn Carsen: Well, I've read a lot of books.
[laughs]
Charlene: Don't try to be funny. I don't do funny.
Flynn Carsen: I'm sorry.
Charlene: [after a pause] What makes you think you could be the Librarian?
Flynn Carsen: I know the Dewey Decimal System, Library of Congress, research paper orthodoxy, web searching. I can set up an RSS feed...
Charlene: Everybody knows that. They're librarians. What makes you think you are the Librarian?
Flynn Carsen: [confused] I know other stuff?
Charlene: Mr... Flynn Carsen, stop wasting my time. Tell me ...
[...]
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Connections

Followed by The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008) See more »

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Cheap, pre-packaged, easily digestible, artificial, predictable, made-for-TV, American cheese
18 May 2013 | by LaakbaarSee all my reviews

This is a movie "made for TV". For those who do not live in an English-speaking country, what this phrase means specifically is that the movie was produced by an American television network for broadcast on American network television, which is supported by private-sector advertising. It was not made for release in movie theatres, and should not be seen as being of the same quality.

This means that the producers and filmmakers were restricted by various broadcasting codes, a mass-consumer orientation and a very limited budget, and they were under no particular pressure to create a movie that would actually attract moviegoers to spending money for a ticket at the theatre.

So this is a cheaply made Indiana-Jones romp that takes us from an imaginary library containing all the world's great books and artifacts to the Amazon jungle and Shangri-La in Tibet. A major role is played by pseudo-mysticism borrowing very loosely and without much accuracy from Christian, Mayan, Egyptian and Buddhist themes (or at least American pop television renditions of these themes). And of course there is a secret brotherhood (two actually -- one to protect the library, one to, um, conquer the world.)

None of it is logical or realistic or believable. The cheap special effects are fake-looking. The acting and writing is all ham and cheese. The dialogue is ridiculous and even camp at times. I believe the relationships are not even meant to be believable. It's not really a movie for thinking adults.

And yet I sort of enjoyed it. This movie is on the same creative level as Xena: Warrior Princess. Once you accept that it is brazenly stupid, anodyne, camp, unrealistic and essentially cartoonish, you can relax and just enjoy it for what it is. The movie equivalent of orange Kraft Cheese slices. Served on white Wonder Bread.

Strangely, the movie includes performances by a handful of very well-known television stars, including Kyle MacLachlan, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. This movie is way beneath them, but I suppose the television studio has some kind of arrangement that gets them to participate in this.


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