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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

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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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Details

Country:

West Germany

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

Gross USA:

$20,158,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,250,857
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (international)

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming in Germany, because it was an unusually hot summer one of the statues of the Ivory Tower actually melted. On other days, the crew were forced to shut down production because the blue backgrounds for the matte work refused to operate properly. See more »

Goofs

Just as the armored knight drops dead off the horse from being shot by the Sphinx Gate, his metal staff lands on the right Sphinx's foot, which bounces as if it was made out of something other than stone. See more »

Quotes

Urgl: There's no fool like an old fool!
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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 »

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Sleepy Dragon
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Composed & performed by Giorgio Moroder
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Dark, if not surreal fantasy delivers a good message.
23 May 2005 | by Banshee57See all my reviews

Finally, the truth about stories. The fact is, nothing ever really ends, and thusly, someone had to say so. That's what this movie does, and it does it ever so elegantly. A young boy, who knows so much about the "Lord Of The Rings", and "Beowulf" is about to find out something more real as he borrows a mystical book he finds enchanting. the even more powerful fact, is that once the book is opened, it will never close. Just as life never really ends on this earth, neither to stories. The book, titled "The Never Ending Story", is about Fantasia, a world that is dying, and an unbelievably horrifying substance known as "The Nothing", is enclosing it. A young warrior must face the danger of finding a cure. On earth, or in the book, life is intertwined to reach the ultimate answer to a young boys fears, and a young warriors quest. Film is full of some really lovable characters such as Falkor, the luck dragon, and the Rock Biter. Then, there is the Gmorg, whom I believe, is the most wretched creature in cinema. That thing is scary! In any case, film starts out as colorful and mystical, and grows dark and nightmarish with every scene, leading to a wonderful message about the substance that keeps Fantasia , and every other world out there, alive. Beautiful, just beautiful. A classic.


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