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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Die unendliche Geschichte (original title)
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A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

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Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay by), Herman Weigel (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barret Oliver ... Bastian
Gerald McRaney ... Bastian's Father
Chris Eastman Chris Eastman ... 1st Bully (as Drum Garrett)
Darryl Cooksey Darryl Cooksey ... 2nd Bully
Nicholas Gilbert Nicholas Gilbert ... 3rd Bully
Thomas Hill ... Carl Conrad Coreander
Deep Roy ... Teeny Weeny
Tilo Prückner Tilo Prückner ... Night Hob
Moses Gunn ... Cairon
Noah Hathaway ... Atreyu
Sydney Bromley ... Engywook
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Urgl
Tami Stronach ... The Childlike Empress
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Storyline

Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The NeverEnding Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,325,823, 22 July 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,158,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Warner Bros. passed on releasing Supergirl (1984), which was originally designed to be their tent pole release that year, they hurried the release of "Die unendliche Geschichte" (The Neverending Story) for summer audiences. See more »

Goofs

In the wide shot from 50:53 to 50:57 on the DVD where Atreyu scales the mountain to look through the telescope at the first oracle, you can see a horizontal line where the set wall (lighter blue) and ceiling (darker blue) meet. Basically, you can see that they are in a room instead of out in the desert. See more »

Quotes

The Southern Oracle: [as Atreyu approaches the Glowing Blue Sphinx Statues that resemble the ones from the First Gate] Do not be afraid! We will not harm you! We have been waiting for you a long time, Atreyu!
Atreyu: Are you the Southern Oracle?
The Southern Oracle: Yes! We are!
Atreyu: Then you must know what can save Fantasia?
The Southern Oracle: Yes! We do!
Atreyu: Well! What is it? I have to know!
The Southern Oracle: The Empress! Needs a new name!
Atreyu: A new name? That's all but that's easy. I can give her any name she wants!
The Southern Oracle: No one from Fantasia can do it! Only a human child can give her this new ...
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Alternate Versions

The German language version is 102 minutes (98 minutes on PAL video). Some scenes are longer and some scenes in the German version are completely missing in the English/international version. The German version has score by Klaus Doldinger only, no score by Giorgio Moroder and no song by Limahl. The opening credits in the German version are only white text on black background. See more »


Soundtracks

The Neverending Story
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Keith Forsey
Performed by Limahl Feat. Beth Anderson (uncredited)
Guitar solo Dee Harris (uncredited)
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd.
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Who didn't want to ride a luck Dragon?
1 June 2004 | by shadowmonkeySee all my reviews

‘Turn around, tell me what you seeeee', flying through the clouds as the titles roll. It is on every Christmas, I own it and I simply love it. The Neverending Story is one of the least offensive and nicest family films out there. It has numerous sequels, but it is the first one directed by Wolfgang Peterson that is the best of the three.

Bastian, a young boy lives in a dream world, his father wants him to grow up his school would like him to get his head out of the clouds and is tormented by bullies. On his way into school while trying get away from the bullies he runs into an old book shop. While hiding inside the owner shows him ‘The Neverending Story' a huge volume decorated with the Orin the symbol of the child like emprise of the Land Fantasia. When the owner isn't look Bastian takes the book.

This is a beautiful film; it enthralled me as a child and still does as an adult. I have watched over and over again, never tiring of it and always enjoying it. If you have young children or are an old child it doesn't matter this is pure a adventure fantasy for all ages, with colourful characters.


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