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Finding Neverland (2004)

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

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1903 London. Renowned playwright J.M. Barrie (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author George L. Du Maurier) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is ... Written by Huggo

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How far can your imagination take you. See more »


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

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17 December 2004 (USA)  »

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J.M. Barrie's Neverland  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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£776,124 (UK) (29 October 2004)

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$51,676,606 (USA) (22 April 2005)
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According to Producer Richard N. Gladstein, more than fifty directors passed on the project. See more »

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When the actors are doing the Peter Pan play in the Davies house, just before the wall comes up revealing Neverland, the actor playing Peter's hair is messy, but when she enters Neverland, her hair is neat and tidy. See more »

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Charles Frohman: Opening night. I love opening night. How are you? Did you see him?
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Version of Peter Pan (1988) See more »

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Medieval and Renaissance Fanfare No. 7
Composed by David Marshall (PRS)
Published by Studio G Ltd (PRS)
Courtesy of Promusic
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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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