A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.


Wolfgang Petersen


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


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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Did You Know?


In Greek mythology, Atreyus was the father of Agamemnon and Menalaus. His name is also the basis for House Atreides in the Dune series. See more »


When we first see Gmork (the wolf) in his cave (at around 5 mins), his teeth are close together and short but when we see him talk to Atreyu (at around 1h 12 mins), his teeth are now further apart and longer. See more »


Morla, the Ancient One: Not that it matters, but... yes.
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical and VHS releases have the WB logo with the Warner Communications byline, the opening title being horizontal, and the closing Big \\' logo. In the DVD and Blu Ray releases, all of it was replaced by the WB logo with the TimeWarner byline, the opening title being vertical, and the closing shield logo. See more »


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The Ivory Tower
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still great viewing,after many years
1 October 2001 | by bladeventrueSee all my reviews

i still remember seeing this movie when it first came out on the big screen,i was 17,it may have been 84/85,it was still a time of the big old picture theaters,it was a full house,the audience was fairly young,but i noticed there seemed to be a lot of mature people as well-for the duration of the movie, myself and the people around me were engaged and totally engrossed in the viewing.i also remember something i hadn,t seen before,when the movie finished,the whole audience stood up and started clapping,this at a time in new zealand when not every one owned a video machine-after all this time,even with so many distractions,home computers,playstations and everyday general living this movie still is a classic and even someone my age(34)it helps to take me back to my child hood times-a place filled constantly with dreams,a place where there was no dilemmas,no stress and being a kid was all about playing and having fun-i introduced this movie to my niece and nephew,a few years back and they absolutely loved it-a gentle reminder to the magic of being a kid-enjoy

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Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The NeverEnding Story See more »


Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,325,823, 22 July 1984

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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