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The NeverEnding Story (1984)
"Die unendliche Geschichte" (original title)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  20 July 1984 (USA)
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A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.



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Complete credited cast:
Chris Eastman ...
1st Bully (as Drum Garrett)
Darryl Cooksey ...
2nd Bully
Nicholas Gilbert ...
3rd Bully
Thomas Hill ...
Tilo Prückner ...
Rockbiter / Falkor / G'mork / Narrator (voice)
Sydney Bromley ...
Patricia Hayes ...


Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. Written by Graeme Roy <>

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A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!


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Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The NeverEnding Story  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 6,459,147 (Sweden)

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Rock Biter: Where-where-where I come from in the North, we used to have exquisite gourmet rocks. Only now... now, they're all gone.
Night Hob: I know how it happened.
Rock Biter: Oh, I - I *swear* it wasn't me!
Night Hob: Oh, heck, no!
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Composed & performed by Klaus Doldinger
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A Must See! Great Fantasy Film!!!
23 August 2002 | by (Escondido, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I think most people that have seen this will agree that this is one of the best fantasy films ever made! I think I may have to agree with them!

This film has a special place in my heart, cause I grew up with this film. I've probably seen this film more times than any other movie (although, it may be too close to call with "Labyrinth", "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Dark Crystal" in the running)! Isn't it funny how when you were young you could watch the same movie over and over and over and over and never get sick of it...not that a whole lot has changed since then, but it cracks me up how well I remember this film ever time I see it. I remember just about ever line, every scene, every nuance, every single little miniscule detail about this movie! Ok...I'm sounding a bit obsessed aren't I.

Well, what I'm trying to say here is that this is a great film and with an excellent story. The acting, directing, special effects, and everything else is just excellent in this film! Wolfgang Petersen really out-did himself with this film! I would definitely recommend this film to anyone that likes fantasy films...what am I saying, I would (and do) recommend this film to EVERYONE! What are you reading this review for? Go see this movie!!! Thanks for reading,


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