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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.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay by), Herman Weigel (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After her role as the Childlike Empress, actress Tami Stronach did not have another acting credit until 2008, twenty-four years after this film was released. See more »

Goofs

The Southern Oracle's design is based on the Lid of the Ark of the Covenant. However, the creatures on the Ark are Cherubim, not Sphinxes. See more »

Quotes

Falcor: I like children.
Atreyu: [nervously] For breakfast?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Thundermans: The Neverfriending Story (2015) 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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A Must See! Great Fantasy Film!!!
23 August 2002 | by LebowskiT1000See all my reviews

I think most people that have seen this will agree that this is one of the best fantasy films ever made! I think I may have to agree with them!

This film has a special place in my heart, cause I grew up with this film. I've probably seen this film more times than any other movie (although, it may be too close to call with "Labyrinth", "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Dark Crystal" in the running)! Isn't it funny how when you were young you could watch the same movie over and over and over and over and never get sick of it...not that a whole lot has changed since then, but it cracks me up how well I remember this film ever time I see it. I remember just about ever line, every scene, every nuance, every single little miniscule detail about this movie! Ok...I'm sounding a bit obsessed aren't I.

Well, what I'm trying to say here is that this is a great film and with an excellent story. The acting, directing, special effects, and everything else is just excellent in this film! Wolfgang Petersen really out-did himself with this film! I would definitely recommend this film to anyone that likes fantasy films...what am I saying, I would (and do) recommend this film to EVERYONE! What are you reading this review for? Go see this movie!!! Thanks for reading,

-Chris


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Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,325,823, 22 July 1984

Gross USA:

$20,158,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,251,411
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track | DTS (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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