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Peter Pan (2003)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Family  |  25 December 2003 (USA)
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The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.



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In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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All children grow up except one. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action sequences and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peeter Paan  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,870,474 (Australia) (19 December 2003)


$406,564 (Japan) (16 April 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first live-action sound film version of the story released to movie theatres. The Mary Martin versions Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1955), Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1956), and Peter Pan (1960) were preserved on kinescope and videotape, all for television, and the Mia Farrow version of Peter Pan (1976) was also shown on television in videotape format; though it features the same characters and setting, Hook (1991) was not considered a version of "Peter Pan". See more »


During the duel Peter reveals that Hook's first name is "James". The plaque on the door to his cabin states that it is "Jas." which is a common way to abbreviate the name "James" (not, as some believe, an abbreviation for "Jason Isaacs") and is actually lifted directly from the original story. See more »


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User Reviews

A superb rendition of a favourite of adults and children
7 October 2004 | by (Newcastle, England) – See all my reviews

This is by far the most accurate and striking adaptation of the J.M. Barrie favourite that has yet been made. Indeed it is difficult to see how it could have been better.

Whilst I'm writing here in praise of the film, I feel I must take issue with the comments of Mr John Ulmer who criticised the film for a number of reasons. I seek to defend the story of Peter Pan and in particular this version. Firstly, it was said that this version has sexual over/undertones.

Erm... well yes... any accurate portrayal of the story would have, as these subtleties are present en masse in the book, indeed more so in the book than in the film it could be argued. It is precisely this evident descent towards Wendy's loss of innocence that both disturbs and excites adult readers of the books and this is quite intentional. Children who are not of an age to appreciate this level are untouched by it but rather take delight in the glorious idea of never having to grow up but instead being allowed to play forever. Indeed the relationship between Pan and Hook is the struggle of youth to overcome the onset of age (singular human vanity and innocent childish rebellion combined). I do not believe that this film's handling of this aspect of the book was merely present in "sick adult humour", I believe that it was beautifully hinted at in a way which would stimulate adult appreciation and childish fascination in the character of Pan.

I should like to make mention of the parallel which Mr Ulmer draws between this version of Peter Pan and Jumanji (namely the use of the same actors to play the adversary and the father of the lead character) is not just a trick put in to hark back to that film. Indeed the tradition of the same actor playing the role of Mr Darling AND Hook dates back to the story's original appearance as a stage play at the turn of the century and has been carried on on most occasions since then, though I concede that the Disney version (a far less worthy and sterilised version) failed to keep this tradition up.

As for the point at which the two boys are hung upside down in their nightshirts, I thought it was funny, as did the rest of the audience in the theatre and we certainly weren't there with a red pen counting the number of bottom shots as Mr Ulmer appears to have done. This film is full of charming humour, adult overtones for the adults, childish fantasy and wonderment for those of the appropriate age. The acting is superb in all areas and I must make particular mention of both Ludivine Sagnier as a wickedly funny Tink and of course Rachel Hurd-Wood whose screen debut showed her as a previously undiscovered talent who will surely go far. All the others were excellent also.

All in all this film rekindled my love of the book which I have now re-read a number of times and makes up for all those years Pan has spent in the Disney wilderness.

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