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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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As in the movie, it has been a tradition for a girl to play Peter Pan in stage productions. See more »


The first scene of "Finding Neverland", is set in 1903, the opening night of James Barrie's play "Little Mary". The vehicle in which Mr & Mrs Snow arrive is a Rolls-Royce model 40/50 HP, also known as a "Silver Ghost". This is an anachronism. The Rolls-Royce company was formed in 1904, with production of the 40/50 HP started in 1907. Moreover, the car has a "Flying Lady" mascot on the radiator which was not designed by Charles Sykes until 1911. The specific car is identifiable from its registration number - BM 8794. It is chassis number 1979, which was delivered new on 10th May 1912. The car used to drive to the summer cottage is a Mitchell Tourer, made in Racine Wisconsin, USA. Although the Mitchell-Lewis Motor Company was founded in 1903, the model in the film appears to be about 1911, judging by the shape and style of the lettering on the radiator. It's certainly no earlier than 1910. See more »


[first lines]
Charles Frohman: Opening night. I love opening night. How are you? Did you see him?
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Featured in 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) See more »


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