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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Die unendliche Geschichte (original title)
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

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Storyline

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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$27,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

"The Childlike Empress" was just child-"like". She has existed for as long as there have been stories to tell. She was portrayed by Iranian born Israeli-American dancer Tami Stronach who was only 11 years old when the production started. See more »

Goofs

In the trailer, the name of the old elf is given as Inglenook, but in the film his name is Engywook, which appears also in the subtitles. See more »

Quotes

Bastian's Father: Good morning, Bastian.
Bastian: [trying to get the lid off of a jar] Morning, Dad. I had another dream, Dad, about Mom.
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Connections

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Ruined Landscape
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Composed & performed by Giorgio Moroder
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Dark, if not surreal fantasy delivers a good message.
23 May 2005 | by (The World Of Movies) – See all my reviews

Finally, the truth about stories. The fact is, nothing ever really ends, and thusly, someone had to say so. That's what this movie does, and it does it ever so elegantly. A young boy, who knows so much about the "Lord Of The Rings", and "Beowulf" is about to find out something more real as he borrows a mystical book he finds enchanting. the even more powerful fact, is that once the book is opened, it will never close. Just as life never really ends on this earth, neither to stories. The book, titled "The Never Ending Story", is about Fantasia, a world that is dying, and an unbelievably horrifying substance known as "The Nothing", is enclosing it. A young warrior must face the danger of finding a cure. On earth, or in the book, life is intertwined to reach the ultimate answer to a young boys fears, and a young warriors quest. Film is full of some really lovable characters such as Falkor, the luck dragon, and the Rock Biter. Then, there is the Gmorg, whom I believe, is the most wretched creature in cinema. That thing is scary! In any case, film starts out as colorful and mystical, and grows dark and nightmarish with every scene, leading to a wonderful message about the substance that keeps Fantasia , and every other world out there, alive. Beautiful, just beautiful. A classic.


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