"HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN" AIRS AS
THE "ABC SATURDAY MOVIE OF THE WEEK," FEBRAURY 20
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Warner Bros. Pictures' soaring whirlwind tale of adolescent wizardry, featuring wizards-in-training Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), airs as the "ABC Saturday Movie of the Week," FEBRUARY 20 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network (rebroadcast; OAD 10/28/06). The feature, nominated for two Academy Awards and three British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) in 2005 and winner of the BAFTA Children's Award in 2004, will be broadcast in HDTV format with 5.1-channel surround sound.
Based on the third of J.K. Rowling's phenomenally popular children's novels, the live action family adventure "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" continues the magical saga of a boy whose life is now in more danger than ever. While attending his third year at Hogwarts, Harry learns that the infamous Sirius Black, who had been accused of aiding in the murder of Harry's parents and is practicing as a dark wizard, has escaped from Azkaban Fortress � the wizards' prison -- and is believed to be after Harry. Things are thrown into chaos as hundreds of supernatural Dementors are sent to protect Hogwarts, while Harry continues his quest for the truth, both about Sirius Black and about his own family.
In addition to Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" stars Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid, Warwick Davis as Professor Flitwick, Emma Thompson as Professor Trelawney, Julie Christie as Madame Rosmerta, Richard Griffiths as Uncle Vernon, Michael Gambon as Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy, Alan Rickman as Professor Snape, Fiona Shaw as Aunt Petunia, Dame Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall and Julie Walters as Mrs. Weasley.
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was directed by Alfonso Cuar�n ("Y Tu Mam� Tambi�n," "Great Expectations," "A Little Princess"), with the screenplay by Steve Kloves ("The Wonder Boys," "Harry Potter" series), based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. The film is a production of 1492 Pictures, Heyday Films and Warner Bros. Pictures. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED) (Broadcast in stereo where available)
"HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN" IN HDTV:
The ABC Television Network's HDTV broadcast of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" will air in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This film carries a TV-PG,V parental guideline.