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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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The scenes set in the real world (Bastian's home, the city, the school, etc.) were shot not at Bavaria Studios in Munich, Germany, but in Vancouver, Canada. See more »


After Atreyu leaves Rockbiter (at around 1h 10 mins), he walks away from the camera in a long shot along a path with broken and fallen columns to its left and right. As a fissure opens beside him the camera cuts to a medium shot at (at around 1h 10 mins), but now there is a large wall of rocks to the right of the path. (at around 1h 10 mins) the camera cuts back to the long shot where the broken and fallen columns are again to the right of the path. See more »


Falcor: I like children.
Atreyu: [nervously] For breakfast?
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Life without Fantasia
8 December 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The boy Bastian (Barret Oliver) misses his mother, who has died, and is bullied at school by three bullies. One day, he is running away from the three boys and hides in a bookstore, where the owner shows him a book that he has never read called "The Neverending Story".

Bastian does not resist and shoplifts the book, leaving a note telling that he will return the book after he reads it. He goes to the school attic and anxiously reads the book that tells the story of the magic kingdom of Fantasia that is doomed to destruction, unless the boy Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) can save it. But he needs the help of an Earthling boy to avoid that The Nothing destroys his world.

The first times that I saw "Die Unendliche Geschichte", a.k.a. "The Neverending Story", I was younger and younger and I simply loved it. Twenty-eight years later, I have just bought the Blu-Ray and after watching it again, I liked but less that I remember.

The state of art especial effects in 1984 is now dated and the acting is only reasonable. But the story of the coming of age by force of a boy that sees his innocence lost due to the death of his mother and bullying at school has a beautiful message in the end and is still worthwhile watching it. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A História Sem Fim" ("The Neverending Story")

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