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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Bastian
... Bastian's Father
Chris Eastman ... 1st Bully (as Drum Garrett)
Darryl Cooksey ... 2nd Bully
Nicholas Gilbert ... 3rd Bully
Thomas Hill ... Carl Conrad Coreander
... Teeny Weeny
Tilo Prückner ... Night Hob
... Cairon
... Atreyu
... Rockbiter / Falkor / G'mork / Narrator (voice)
... Engywook
Patricia Hayes ... Urgl
... 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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20 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The NeverEnding Story  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to the filmmakers, the rolling storm clouds were not meant to actually be The Nothing, but rather an indication of its presence, as The Nothing is an invisible force. See more »

Goofs

A Z-shaped reflection can be seen floating around the left side of the picture as Bastian is on Falkor's back pointing out Atreyu on the ground. This probably refers to a slowly rotating long, skinny, Z-shape like a grass stem or branch just in front of Bastian (center screen at 01:29:03) as Falkor flies toward Atreyu just before Bastian points at him. See more »

Quotes

Morla, the Ancient One: We don't even care whether or not we care.
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This is such a BEAUTIFUL film, with a message that will never die.
3 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although I was only a year old when the Neverending Story first came out, I remember watching it over and over as a little girl. My grandma got it for me when I was little and I remember making her watch it with me almost every day--sometimes two or three times in the same day. Then somehow I lost the tape, and although I still remembered and loved the movie, I forgot just how magical it really was. Then finally, (after years of "I wonder what happened to...") I found it. I realize now that in finding it I not only rediscovered a part of myself, but a beautiful world I forgot existed.

I admit that I am still waiting for a luck dragon to come and take me home to Fantasia. I belong there. A part of me lives there and so does a part of everyone, although they may not be aware of it. This is without a doubt the most beautiful movie ever made (although Legend comes close) and its message will never die as long as people hold on to their dreams. Barret Oliver's performance as Bastian still makes me cry. He speaks to that part of all of us that is not afraid to "do what we dream." Noah Hathaway was perfect for the part of Atreyu. He is one of the most beautiful and realistic heroes ever depicted. And Tami Stronach as the Childlike Empress (Moon Child) remains one of the most beautiful characters ever to grace the screen. The acting is wonderful, and the background scenery is breathtaking.

But the Neverending Story is more than just a movie. It speaks to that part in all of us that will never let go of our dreams. It is a story that will never end as long as there are people to appreciate its message. Everyone should see this movie and remember: Fantasia IS real. And "Fantasia can arise in you."


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