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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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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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Johnny Depp was so impressed with the performance of Freddie Highmore during filming that when Depp was cast for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) he specifically requested Highmore to play the title character of Charlie. 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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Beautiful, Moving Movie with Very Few Flaws
31 December 2004 | by (Orem, Utah) – See all my reviews

I had heard that this was merely a "chick flick." Hey, my wife is the one who wanted to go see it. As it turned out, I went with three other guys, and we all loved it.

Some movies entertain; some teach; some open up new worlds. This movie opened up new worlds. With each passing scene, carefully woven from the previous ones, it was like crossing yet another threshold into another world. The story unfolded deeper and deeper with each new scene, each layer adding not to complexity (the story is rather simple), but to the depth. Depp and the others (esp. the young actor who played Peter) easily lead the audience deeper and deeper into the paths of authenticity, healing, love, friendship and the triumph of inner strength. The other characters, likewise, garnish the central story excellently.

The only flaw I saw is, I'm sure, a matter of taste and perspective; I felt the grandmother was simply too two-dimensional and not as believable as she should have been, though she, too, had some beautiful moments that truly added to the film.

Having much experience with divorce (being a divorce attorney) I found the unfortunate relationship between Depp's character and his wife believable to a tee: two people deeply in love with each other yet more committed to personal pursuits than tending the difficult relationship we call marriage. Ironically, though Depp's character ultimately became the main caretaker of the four boys, by following the tender feelings of his heart, he allowed his marriage to evaporate by not following the other tender feelings of his heart.

Nearly perfect. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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