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Finding Neverland (2004)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Family  |  17 December 2004 (USA)
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The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.



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The movie details the experiences of "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie, which lead him to write the children's classic. He got to know four children who have no father. Drawing from his time with the kids, he writes a story about children who don't want to grow up. Written by Jan Wilm

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

J.M. Barrie's Neverland  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£776,124 (UK) (29 October 2004)


$51,676,606 (USA) (22 April 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Finding Neverland (2004) director Marc Forster decided to schedule one of Freddie Highmore 's toughest scenes (where he tears up a book and demolishes a playhouse) on his second day of filming, deliberately so other cast members could see the child act and change their attitude towards working with him. See more »


When J.M. Barrie is explaining the concept of the play to Frohman, there is a car approaching them from behind as they walk down the street. The position of the car changes dramatically between shots, though the continuity of the conversation is unchanged. See more »


[first lines]
Charles Frohman: Opening night. I love opening night. How are you? Did you see him?
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Crazy Credits

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Version of Peter Pan (1924) See more »


Medieval and Renaissance Fanfare No. 7
Composed by David Marshall (PRS)
Published by Studio G Ltd (PRS)
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User Reviews

One of Depp's finest films!
22 November 2004 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I am not a film critic by any means, and don't aim to pose as one. That being said, I felt that this movie was by far one of the most touching and entertaining movies I have seen in my short 22 years. The cast is fabulous, every actor plays his/her part so to speak.

The story centers around J. M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, and his journey to writing the well-known play. It highlights his genius, while also showing the painful isolation that comes with being a mind ahead of your time. There are some liberties taken when put against the actual events that led up to the birth of Peter Pan, but don't let this dissuade you from watching--"Finding Neverland" was never slated as being a documentary!

Being a huge Johnny Depp fan, one would think that my judgment would be tainted by his involvement in the film. However, even I can admit to a failed Depp movie (i.e. The Secret Window). At first, I thought that putting Depp outside of his usual character type, a mildly strange pirate/writer/doctor/investigator/man with scissors for hands, might signify a substandard film. Boy was I wrong! He nailed J.M. Barrie and was absolutely captivating throughout the entire film. I hate to sound like a starry-eyed fan but I thought his performance in this movie was downright Oscar-worthy!

Depp is magnificent, but he does not carry the weight of this film on his own. A slue of other fine actors and actresses, Kate Winslet and Freddy Highmore just to name a few, give absolutely divine performances. Do yourself a favor, shell out the eight bucks and go see this movie!

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