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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 <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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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  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 6,459,147 (Sweden)

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Almost five million Germans watched the film during its initial release, a rare feat for a German production. See more »


When Bastien and his father are talking at breakfast his father drinks about half of his egg drink (at around 43 mins) before sitting down (at around 56 mins), later when he picks it back up again the cup is about three quarters full again (at around 47 mins). See more »


Morla, the Ancient One: We don't even care whether or not we care.
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Referenced in Zu Besuch bei Michael Ende (1984) See more »


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Great fantasy film!
8 July 2004 | by (Marlow, England) – See all my reviews

One of the best kids fantasy films of the 80's. This is a great films about troubled young boy Bastien who escapes some pursuing bullies in an old book shop finding a story. As he reads this story alone, in hiding, he becomes enraptured in it and soon begins to feel more than a reader but involved in the story and is sucked into the world of Fantasia.

Now, does the film have the important elements of a fantasy yarn? Yep it sure does. It looks great it has strange creatures and wonderful landscapes and it's fair share of adventure. The book bastien read centres around Artreyu a young warrior who is the only hope of saving Fantasia from the evil that is "the Nothing" which is what it's name suggest and will turn Fantasia into nothing.

I had never watched this until recently when purely by chance it was on TV and had a good write up (ah the power of movie critics!) so I thought that as a lover of fantasy, I would watch it. Glad I did people, glad I did. It takes you back to feelings of childhood and captures the imagination. Wolfgang Peterson, who didn't particularly impress me in recent flop Troy, directs preceedings with class and control. There are some good young actors too. ****

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