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

 -  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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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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SEK 6,459,147 (Sweden)
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Two scenes from the book were written in the script but ultimately scrapped due to special effects limitations. The first was the initial appearance of Falcor, where Atreyu rescues him from Ygramul the Many, a swarm of poisonous wasps taking the form of a giant spider. This is where Bastian's scream being heard by the characters in the book was to have taken place, and also explained why Atreyu and Falcor are later seen being given medicine by the Gnomes. The second cut scene involved Atreyu and Falcor encountering the Wind Giants, giant creatures made of clouds, and being caught in a fight between them. This was re-edited into their close encounter with the Nothing before Atreyu falls into the sea. See more »

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In the wide shot from 50:53 to 50:57 on the DVD where Atreyu scales the mountain to look through the telescope at the first oracle, you can see a horizontal line where the set wall (lighter blue) and ceiling (darker blue) meet. Basically, you can see that they are in a room instead of out in the desert. See more »

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Engywook: The Sphinxes eyes stay closed, until someone who does not feel his own worth tries to pass by.
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The Neverending Story
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Keith Forsey
Performed by Limahl Feat. Beth Anderson (uncredited)
Guitar solo Dee Harris (uncredited)
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd.
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This is such a BEAUTIFUL film, with a message that will never die.
3 March 2001 | by (Fantasia) – See all my reviews

Although I was only a year old when the Neverending Story first came out, I remember watching it over and over as a little girl. My grandma got it for me when I was little and I remember making her watch it with me almost every day--sometimes two or three times in the same day. Then somehow I lost the tape, and although I still remembered and loved the movie, I forgot just how magical it really was. Then finally, (after years of "I wonder what happened to...") I found it. I realize now that in finding it I not only rediscovered a part of myself, but a beautiful world I forgot existed.

I admit that I am still waiting for a luck dragon to come and take me home to Fantasia. I belong there. A part of me lives there and so does a part of everyone, although they may not be aware of it. This is without a doubt the most beautiful movie ever made (although Legend comes close) and its message will never die as long as people hold on to their dreams. Barret Oliver's performance as Bastian still makes me cry. He speaks to that part of all of us that is not afraid to "do what we dream." Noah Hathaway was perfect for the part of Atreyu. He is one of the most beautiful and realistic heroes ever depicted. And Tami Stronach as the Childlike Empress (Moon Child) remains one of the most beautiful characters ever to grace the screen. The acting is wonderful, and the background scenery is breathtaking.

But the Neverending Story is more than just a movie. It speaks to that part in all of us that will never let go of our dreams. It is a story that will never end as long as there are people to appreciate its message. Everyone should see this movie and remember: Fantasia IS real. And "Fantasia can arise in you."


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