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The NeverEnding Story (1984) More at IMDbPro »Die unendliche Geschichte (original title)

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The NeverEnding Story -- A family fantasy/adventure epic based on the acclaimed best-seller about a troubled boy who discovers an extraordinary storybook-and the fantastical world within its pages.


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20 July 1984 (USA) See more »
A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!
A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barret Oliver ... Bastian

Gerald McRaney ... Bastian's Father
Chris Eastman ... 1st Bully (as Drum Garrett)
Darryl Cooksey ... 2nd Bully
Nicholas Gilbert ... 3rd Bully
Thomas Hill ... Carl Conrad Coreander

Deep Roy ... Teeny Weeny
Tilo Prückner ... Night Hob

Moses Gunn ... Cairon

Noah Hathaway ... Atreyu

Alan Oppenheimer ... Rockbiter / Falkor / G'mork / Narrator (voice)
Sydney Bromley ... Engywook
Patricia Hayes ... Urgl

Tami Stronach ... The Childlike Empress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beth Anderson ... The 2nd Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
Dee Harris ... The Balladeers' Lead Guitarist (uncredited)

Frank Lenart ... Teeny Weeny (voice) (uncredited)
Limahl ... The Balladeer (voice) (uncredited)
Heinz Reincke ... Fuchur (voice: German version) (uncredited)
Silvia Seidel ... Fairy (uncredited)

Directed by
Wolfgang Petersen 
Writing credits
Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay) &
Herman Weigel (screenplay)

Michael Ende (novel)

Robert Easton (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Mark Damon .... executive producer
Bernd Eichinger .... producer
Dieter Geissler .... producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer (as John Hyde)
Klaus Kähler .... associate producer
Günter Rohrbach .... co-producer
Bernd Schaefers .... producer
Original Music by
Klaus Doldinger 
Cinematography by
Jost Vacano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jane Seitz 
Casting by
Risa Kes 
Penny Perry 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Art Direction by
Johann Kott  (as Johann Iwan Kot)
Herbert Strabel 
Götz Weidner 
Set Decoration by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Costume Design by
Count Ul De Rico  (as Ul De Rico)
Diemut Remy 
Makeup Department
Brigitta Ansary .... makeup artist
Colin Arthur .... special effects makeup supervisor
Georg Bestle .... special effects makeup lab assistant
Dorothy Dealtry .... makeup sculptor
Edwin Erfmann .... makeup artist (as Eddy Erfmann)
Otto Fraunhofer .... special effects makeup lab assistant
Horst Kirchberger .... makeup artist
Heiner Niehues .... makeup artist (as Heiner Niehaus)
Hedy Pollack .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jürgen Bieske .... first unit manager
Robert Gordon Edwards .... executive in charge of production
Anna Gross .... production manager
Thomas Jauch .... second unit manager
Michael Naimer .... second unit manager
Harry Nap .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Georg Borgel .... first assistant director
Michael Boyadjiew .... first assistant director
Don French .... first assistant director
Marcia Gay .... assistant director: second unit
Gordon Mark .... first assistant director: location unit
Hannes Nikel .... second unit director
Paula Swauger .... second assistant director
Michael Waldleitner .... assistant director: second unit
William W. Wilson III .... second assistant director (as William Wilson)
Art Department
Peter Classey .... storyboard artist
Count Ul De Rico .... conceptual artist (as Ul De Rico)
Count Ul De Rico .... creature designer (as Ul De Rico)
Count Ul De Rico .... scenery designer (as Ul De Rico)
Richard Eglseder .... property master
Juan Japl .... illustrator
Juan Japl .... storyboard artist
Earnie Kollar .... production painter
Slavko Nikolic .... chief construction grip
Werner Runge .... property master
Jimmy Stepanoff .... storyboard artist
Friedrich Thaler .... scenic painter
Josip Trupinovic .... storyboard artist
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master: Canada (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... additional sound editor
Milan Bor .... sound mixer
Heinz Borzaga .... sound technician: German version
Werner Böhm .... adr mixer
Eva Claudius .... dialogue editor (as Eve Claudius)
Illo Endrulat .... dialogue editor: German version
Manfred Gläser .... sound technician: German version
Angelika Gruber .... assistant sound effects editor
Günter Gubatz .... sound technician: German version
Michaela Heinemann .... assistant dialogue editor
Walter Hutterer .... sound technician: German version
Hans-Walter Kramski .... foley artist (as Hans Kramsky)
Bernd Kretzer .... sound technician: German version
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor
Willy Leitenstorfer .... sound technician: German version (as Wilhelm Leitenstorfer)
Norbert Lill .... sound assistant
Evelyn Lukas .... assistant sound effects editor
Ed Parente .... production sound mixer
Ron Pender .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Angela Picker .... assistant foley editor
Brigitte Platzer .... assistant sound effects editor
Chris Price .... production sound mixer
Trevor Pyke .... sound mixer
Hans Rohm .... sound technician: German version
Andreas Schneider .... sound technician: German version
Christian Schubert .... sound mixer: dialogue: German version
Heinz Schürer .... foley mixer
Karola Storr .... foley editor
Nicolette Toth .... assistant dialogue editor: German version
Anja von Rüxleben .... assistant dialogue editor: German version
Special Effects by
Colin Arthur .... special effects sculpture supervisor
Robin Beers .... special effects painter
Francis Coates .... animatronics model maker
Steve Cullane .... senior special effects engineer
Peter Dürst .... special effects buyer
Ulrich Fickel .... special effects electronic coordinator
Chris Gant .... assistant special effects technician
John Gant .... senior special effects technician
Karlheinz Ganzer .... special effects buyer (as Karl Heinz Ganzer)
Maja Grassinger .... creature operator coordinator (as Maia Grassinger)
Ernst Gschwind .... special effects engineer (as Ernst Geschwind)
Jez Harris .... animatronics engineer
Ken Herd .... senior special effects engineer
Kevin Herd .... special effects engineer
Ron Hone .... special effects engineering supervisor
Guy Hudson .... senior special effects technician
Brian Johnson .... director of special effects
Bob Keen .... animatronics engineer
Helmut Klee .... senior special effects technician
Paul Knowles .... senior special effects engineer
Phil Knowles .... special effects supervisor: main unit (as Philip Knowles)
Herbert Labusga .... sculptor and creature builder
Wolfgang Lempp .... special effects electronic design engineer
Bodo Marquardt .... special effects electronic engineer
Antonio Paramo .... chief modeler
María Luisa Pino .... latex specialist (as Maria Pino)
Alan Poole .... special effects technician
Hugo Reveley .... assistant special effects technician
Carlos Rojo .... molder (as Carlos Rojo Del Rey)
Michael Rotter .... molder
Pit Rotter .... special effects buyer (as Peter Rotter)
Vincent R. Rotter .... special effects sculptor
Josef Schmid .... special effects engineer
Fritz Segl .... molder
Neil Swan .... senior special effects technician
Giuseppe Tortora .... chief animatronics engineer: mechanical special effects creatures
Nigel Trevessey .... animatronics engineer
Jan Valach .... sculptor and creature builder
Avril Vellacott .... special effects sculptor
Richard Watkinson .... special effects painter
Karl Weinert .... molder
Twyla Weixl .... assistant: Brian Johnson
Michael White .... supervisor: cloud effects unit (as Mike White)
Barry Whitrod .... special effects supervisor: second unit
Karin Hanson .... special effects hair (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
David Adams .... camera operator: motion control unit
Steven Archer .... animator: motion control unit (as Steve Archer)
Bob Ballan .... model maker: motion control unit
Rick Barham .... gaffer: motion control unit
Craig Barron .... supervising matte photographer: ILM
Dennis Bartlett .... optical consultant: motion control unit (as Dennis C. Bartlett)
David Berry .... line-up technician: ILM (as Dave Berry)
Patricia Blau .... production coordinator: ILM
Donald Clark .... optical printer operator: ILM (as Don Clark)
Jim Danforth .... matte painter: ILM
Dorothy Dealtry .... miniature sculptor
John Ellis .... optical printer operator: ILM
Christopher Evans .... matte painter: ILM (as Chris Evans)
David Fincher .... matte photography assistant: ILM (as Dave Fincher)
Tony Fox .... engineer: motion control unit
Martin Gant .... senior model maker
Mark Gardiner .... camera operator: motion control unit
Tim Geideman .... processing technician: ILM
Ralph Gordon .... line-up technician: ILM
Caroleen Green .... matte painter: ILM
Keith Holland .... optical cameraman: motion control unit
Peg Hunter .... line-up technician: ILM
Brian Johnson .... director of visual effects
Ed Jones .... line-up technician: ILM
Rashid Khares .... unit assistant: motion control unit
Dennis Lowe .... supervisor: motion control unit
Michael Moore .... editorial assistant: ILM
Deborah Morgan .... matte photography assistant: ILM
Duncan Myers .... processing technician: ILM
Bruce Nicholson .... optical supervisor
Frank Ordaz .... matte painter: ILM
Michael Pangrazio .... matte painting supervisor
Nick Pollock .... computer consultant: motion control unit
Thomas Rosseter .... line-up technician: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Howard Stein .... editorial supervisor: ILM
Peter Tyler .... camera operator: motion control unit
Mat Beck .... visual effects aerial camera operator: Apogee (uncredited)
Ned Gorman .... production buyer: ILM (uncredited)
Mario Behr .... stunts
Les Maryon .... assistant stunt coordinator
Martin Maryon .... assistant stunt coordinator
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Tony Smart .... stunt coordinator
Sebastian Fischer .... stunts (uncredited)
Jacob Rupp .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Moshe Asher .... first assistant camera: cloud effects unit
Uwe Bendixen .... video supervisor
Gaby Bzdega .... second assistant camera
Werner Deml .... first assistant camera: second unit
Anton Egerer .... key grip
Albert Frische .... video assistant
Jair Ganor .... camera operator: cloud effects unit
Anette Haellmigk .... first assistant camera
Frank Heinig .... camera assistant: cloud effects unit
Eduard Kagermeier .... gaffer: second unit
Dieter König .... second assistant camera: second unit
Peter Maiwald .... camera operator
Gerhard Neumeier .... key grip: second unit
Franz Rath .... director of photography: second unit
Eddy Saller .... head gaffer (as Edi Saller)
Karl-Heinz Vogelmann .... still photographer (as Karl Heinz Vogelmann)
Achim Wagner .... grip: second unit
Robert Wiesmann .... camera maintenance technician
Steve Wright .... aerial photographer (as Steven J. Wright)
Markus Blunder .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph Lederer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sebastian Bulst .... assistant creature costumer
Hasan Dogan .... assistant creature costumer
Gwendolin Hallhuber .... assistant creature costumer
Reinhard Hellmann .... assistant costume designer
Bernhard Kleber .... wardrobe
Gaby Klimek .... wardrobe
Katharina Litzinger .... wardrobe mistress
Jörg Trees .... creature costumer
Uta Trinks .... assistant creature costumer
Editorial Department
Marie-Louise Beutner .... editorial assistant (as Marie Luise Beutner)
Elfriede Eitermoser .... negative cutter
Robert Gavin .... first assistant editor
Christoph Hof .... editorial librarian
Christine Jahn .... editorial assistant (as Christiane Jahn)
Peter Kahle .... negative cutter
Carola Mai .... editorial assistant
Helga Mensfeld .... color grader
Claudia Remak .... editorial assistant
Gordon Stainforth .... editorial assistant
Steven Spielberg .... editorial consultant (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Tommy Klemt .... music sound engineer
Peter Kramper .... music sound engineer
Beth Anderson .... singer (uncredited)
Dee Harris .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Limahl .... main title theme performer: "The NeverEnding Story" (uncredited)
Limahl .... singer (uncredited)
Other crew
Jean Bereziuk .... continuity coordinator
Renate Berger .... production secretary
Kristina Brandner .... continuity coordinator: second unit
Lothar Ciachowski .... unit manager: location unit
Josef Danzer .... production assistant (as Sepp Danzer)
Robert Easton .... dialogue coach
Mary Eilts .... unit manager: location unit
Sharron Gold .... continuity coordinator: second unit
Anna Gross .... production executive
Kirsten Hager .... assistant: Bernd Eichinger
Josef Hainer .... production assistant
Robert Hottarex .... unit assistant: cloud effects unit
Martin Kayser-Landwehr .... unit assistant: cloud effects unit (as Martin Landwehr)
Raoul Leindecker .... production assistant
Petra Lex .... production assistant
Annie Nap-Oleon .... production coordinator
Norbert Noll .... production assistant
José María Ramos .... production manager: location unit (as Jose Maria Ramos)
Philip Remy .... production assistant
Gaby Richter .... groom
Ottokar Runze .... dialogue director: German version
Ilse Schwarzwald .... production secretary
Sigi Steiner .... production accountant
Duncan Stewart .... production accountant
Harold Tichenor .... production manager: location unit
Juan Fernández .... electric assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Holtzmann .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Quentin Jones .... stand-in (uncredited)
Connie Oettl .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Die unendliche Geschichte" - West Germany (original title)
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102 min | 94 min (international version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Author Michael Ende felt that the movie did not follow closely to the book that he urged that production be shut down or the title of the movie be changed. Because the producers refused to do either, Ende filed a lawsuit against the producers. He ended up losing the case.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Toward the end of the movie when Atreyu is in the ocean, it is very obvious that scene is filmed in an aquarium, due to the presence of bala sharks, a common aquarium fish.See more »
Engywook:To the winch, wench.See more »
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The Ivory TowerSee more »


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124 out of 172 people found the following review useful.
A classic with flaws, 15 October 2005
Author: kylopod ( from Baltimore, MD

This film was a favorite of mine as a kid, but even back then I recognized that the book by Michael Ende was superior. Overall, it's a wonderful children's film marred by an inconsistent tone and an unsatisfying ending.

No fantasy film I've seen has tapped more successfully into the kinds of philosophical thoughts that kids have. Think of Rockbiter's speech describing the Nothing: "A hole would be something. Nah, this was nothing. And it got bigger, and bigger, and bigger...." This is the type of film that greatly appeals to introspective kids who think about things like infinity and the end of the universe. Do children really think about such things? I did. People who find that surprising have forgotten how profound children can sometimes be.

The whole of Fantasia, indeed, seems to be built out of children's dreams and fears. Some of it is about exhilaration, as when Atreyu rides Falkor. Others reflect anxiety, as in Atreyu's trek through the Swamps of Sadness. What appealed to me most as a kid was how an imaginative but passive child, sort of a young Walter Mitty, opens up a book in which an older, braver version of himself goes on adventures. But "Neverending Story" isn't so much escapism as it is about escapism. It's essentially a fable about the destruction of a child's fantasy world as he grows older and adapts to the modern world.

The special effects are good for their day. Although they look phony at a few points, the film's distinct visual look, from the shimmering Ivory Tower to the assortment of weird creatures, holds up well today. What makes the film work especially well is that the two child stars--Barret Oliver and Noah Hathaway--prove themselves capable actors. I use the word "capable" because almost everyone in the film overacts in an annoying way, which I blame primarily on the director. But there's a wonderful cameo by Gerald McRaney as Bastian's father. He has the perfect tone for the scene, appearing loving but distant, unable to fathom Bastian's mind. I wish the film had followed through by returning to their relationship at the end and exploring how Bastian changes as a result of his experiences in Fantasia.

The reason the ending doesn't work is obvious to anyone who's read the book. Simply put, the movie shows only the first half of the book! While this isn't the movie's fault entirely--there was no way the entire story could have fit into one movie--this could have been handled better. "The Wizard of Oz" faced the same problem yet managed not only to become one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time but to surpass its source material in some ways. "The Neverending Story" doesn't accomplish that feat. The story feels unresolved at the end while at the same time failing to clearly set up for a sequel. It attempts to wrap everything up with a sequence in which Bastian takes revenge on his old bullies. I enjoyed this scene when I was a kid, but in retrospect it creates a clash between the real world and the fantasy world. Bastian never grows as a character, he never learns to put his feet on the ground, something the early scenes suggest will happen.

There's one other problem, and that's that Wolfgang Petersen never really figured out the proper tone for a children's movie. He must not have had a clear idea what age he was shooting for. Some of the scenes are quite scary and violent, making this film inappropriate for younger children. Yet the muppet-like characters are presented in an annoyingly condescending way that I doubt older kids (not to mention teens and adults) would appreciate. For example, the first scene in Fantasia plays like a revival of Sesame Street, with Rockbiter filling the Cookie Monster role. By the time I was old enough to appreciate the deeper aspects of the story, I cringed at the film's cutesy moments. Petersen didn't have to direct the film this way. Had he shot for a wider age group, the result would have been fresher and more authentic for everyone.

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