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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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boy | inspiration | widow | time | friendship | See more »

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

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Release Date:

24 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

J.M. Barrie's Neverland  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$49,202 (Finland) (4 March 2005)

Gross:

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

According to producer Richard N. Gladstein, more than 50 directors passed on the project. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charles Frohman: Opening night. I love opening night. How are you? Did you see him?
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Version of Peter Pan (1953) See more »

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Medieval and Renaissance Fanfare No. 7
Composed by David Marshall (PRS)
Published by Studio G Ltd (PRS)
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11 December 2004 | by (East Windsor, NJ) – See all my reviews

I always tell my students that they can't claim a movie they just saw as their favorite movie ever because it has yet to stand the test of time. Every now and then a movie comes along that defies that rule for me -- a movie that as soon as I finish seeing it I know that it is an instant classic, if not "my favorite movie ever." American Beauty was such a movie.

Finding Neverland is such a movie. Every minute of this movie was simply incredible -- I felt like the kids in the theater on the opening night of Peter Pan. Johnny Depp is absolutely astounding, as he usually is, as JM Barrie. The rest of the adult cast doesn't quite come up to his level, but are uniformly strong. The kids, especially Peter and Michael, are wonderful. Maybe I just love the British accent, but one of my favorite scenes comes very early when Barrie meets Michael in the park -- Michael's accent reminded me so much of the kid in The Little Prince!

What raises this movie above standard fare, though, are the clever entries into Barrie's imagination. The magical moments in this movie seem to literally jump off the screen. Without a doubt, a film worthy of Oscar nominations for Depp, screenplay adaptation, cinematography (the pirate ship scene is gorgeous), and best movie of the year. Treat yourself - despite the PG rating, this is NOT a movie just for kids -- believe... 10/10


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