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Finding Neverland (2004)

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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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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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$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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Peter Llewelyn Davies, J.M. Barrie's child muse and inspiration for Peter Pan, was troubled by the public moniker and committed suicide in 1960 at age 63, by throwing himself under a train. 2 of the 5 Llewelyn brothers died young; George died at age 21, a soldier in WWI, and Michael, in a drowning incident, at age 20, under mysterious circumstances. See more »

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While they are watching the play in the Davies' home Michael goes from leaning onto his mother to sitting up straight to leaning on his mother again. 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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Referenced in The Witches of Oz: Episode dated 6 July 2011 (2011) See more »

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Medieval and Renaissance Fanfare No. 7
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Superb Acting and Brilliantly Made
8 December 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Finding Neverland is one of the best films I have seen all year. Depp and Winslet are superb and their supporting cast is very strong in particular Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman and Freddie Highmore. Forster's direction is tight and he maintains a story which had the potential to drag. Depp delivers a performance that is truly believable and he interacts with his co-stars well, in particular, Freddie Highmore who delivers a performance that outshines Depp's. It is a tour de force of acting talent. Clearly Highmore has a great career ahead of him. 9/10 for a superb piece of film-making, made diligently but, unfortunately, up against such strong contention, it had to make do with a disappointing award haul.


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