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The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)

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A young boy with a distant father enters a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within an antique book.



(screenplay), (based on the novel "The Neverending Story" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Morrison ...
Clarissa Burt ...
Thomas Hill ...
Helena Michell ...
Bastian's Mother
Christopher Burton ...
Tri Face (as Chris Burton)
Patricia Fugger ...
Birge Schade ...
Claudio Maniscalco ...
Andreas Borcherding ...
Ralf Weikinger ...
Colin Gilder ...


Once again, Bastian is transported to the world of Fantasia which he recently managed to save from destruction. However, the land is now being destroyed by an evil sorceress, Xayide, so he must join up with Atreyu and face the Emptiness once more. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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Begin an all new adventure as a young boy returns to a world of wonder on the wings of his imagination.


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Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La historia sin fin II  »

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Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)


$17,373,527 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just as the original NeverEnding Story covered the first half of the actual book, this movie covered most of the second half. The book differs from the movie in many ways. For instance, in the book, Bastian's father never reads the NeverEnding Story, and Bastian "reads" the entire book in one sitting. See more »


When Xayide looks out her spider web pattern window at the Ivory Tower, the land around the Tower looks like a wasteland, but later on when Bastian, Xayide ride in the Xobile with Atreyu riding behind, the land around the Ivory Tower is rich in greenery. Later on, when the land around the Ivory Tower is collapsing, the land around the Tower is back to being a wasteland again. See more »


[Nimbly makes sounds to wake Bastian up, Bastian wakes up and gasps seeing him]
Nimbly: Wait, Mr. Bastian, wait! I'm not going to hurt you! I've come to help you.
Bastian Bux: [pants] You don't give up, do you? You expect me to believe you?
Nimbly: Yes, Mr. Bastian, you have to. I saw... one of your memories... and it made me feel something. I learned that we're all part of a never-ending story. Bastian, try to remember it. Unless you stop Xayide, the story will end. That's why I'm here.
Bastian Bux: Tell me where I can find Falkor.
Nimbly: At ...
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Followed by The Neverending Story III (1994) See more »


Heaven's Just A Heartbeat
Composed by Giorgio Moroder
Sung by Joe Milner
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Real enjoyable; I liked it
6 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit this loses in a contest w/the original, but I still liked it a bunch. I just found a few things off: Bastian's innocence has shortened, his hair lightened (& the Empress' curled), he "gained" courage & confidence in the 1st but seemed to have lost some (it would've made sense if he never returned to earth to lose it); he kept some though - he didn't fear storms, bullies, or his father's shortness. But as opposed as I am to sequels, this was a hit. Bastian re-enters Fantasia to rescue it from the Emptiness, & a group of villains who are determined to stop him so Fantasia will be destroyed & stories will disappear. They've also put a spell on the Auryn, which Bastian uses to wish when in need, so that for every wish he loses a memory. The villains were believable - how often does a henchman change sides? I liked that Bastian's father read the Story, dropping his "I'm an engineer, I see what I see" attitude to let imagination in. Though the funny characters Rockbiter met in the 1st weren't around, there were still funny parts - "Give me 5! 5 what? Those walls must be dangerous. So that's what they mean by remember. I'm IN this book?" It was touching. a drippy, feel-good movie. It was only a small step below the 1st, but that was phenomenal, so anything would have to be. Purists of the book won't like it - unlike the 1st, this made only a meager attempt to follow the story. But it's still a 9. Ignore negative remarks - it's good.

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