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Finding Neverland (2004)

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The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writers:

Allan Knee (play), David Magee (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Sir James Matthew Barrie
Kate Winslet ... Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Julie Christie ... Mrs. Emma du Maurier
Radha Mitchell ... Mary Ansell Barrie
Dustin Hoffman ... Charles Frohman
Freddie Highmore ... Peter Llewelyn Davies
Joe Prospero ... Jack Llewelyn Davies
Nick Roud Nick Roud ... George Llewelyn Davies
Luke Spill ... Michael Llewelyn Davies
Ian Hart ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Kelly Macdonald ... 'Peter Pan'
Mackenzie Crook ... Mr. Jaspers - Usher
Eileen Essell ... Mrs. Snow
Jimmy Gardner Jimmy Gardner ... Mr. Snow
Oliver Fox Oliver Fox ... Gilbert Cannan
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Storyline

1903 London. Renowned playwright J.M. Barrie (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author George L. Du Maurier) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is ... Written by Huggo

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How far can your imagination take you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

J.M. Barrie's Neverland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£776,124 (United Kingdom), 31 October 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,524, 14 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,680,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$116,766,556
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| (DVD) (Encore print)

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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The American theatrical producer Charles Frohman, played by Dustin Hoffman in this film, often worked in London and was indeed J.M. Barrie's usual impresario, also introducing the author's plays to Broadway. However, when "Peter Pan" opened for the first time in London, he was actually in New York, not present at the opening as this film shows. Also, whereas Dustin Hoffman's Frohman is repeatedly shown as being extremely dubious about the enterprise, the real Frohman was extremely enthusiastic about "Peter Pan" from the outset; it was J.M. Barrie who felt certain the play would flop. See more »

Goofs

When J.M. Barrie is explaining the concept of the play to Frohman, there is a car approaching them from behind as they walk down the street. The position of the car changes dramatically between shots, though the continuity of the conversation is unchanged. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Charles Frohman: Opening night. I love opening night. How are you? Did you see him?
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Crazy Credits

Paul 'Welcie' Wellstead (as Paul Wellstead) is credited twice for 'supervising rigger': once in the onscreen "Camera" section and once in the onscreen "Construction" section. See more »

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Medieval and Renaissance Fanfare No. 7
Composed by David Marshall (PRS)
Published by Studio G Ltd (PRS)
Courtesy of Promusic
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FINALLY! Sentiment you can swallow!
28 November 2004 | by dbreazerSee all my reviews

I don't cry at movies. No eyes welling up . . as a rule. Okay, I cried during Henry V (the Kenneth Branagh version) when the French army slaughtered all the pages in the English camp. I don't even tend to care for movies that might make me cry. I spend my hard earned big screen cash on movies with big effects or epic vistas ( think The Matrix or The Lords Of the Ring) Finding Neverland was a glorious exception.

Beautifully acted, sweet but not syrupy and perfect for a break from all the holiday madness, Finding Neverland was a true gem. I don't believe its for as young of a crowd as I watched it with ( the 4 year old beside me was constantly needing plot clarification from her mother) but both my 47 year old husband & my 32 year old self were enchanted! In this jaded day & age it was a relief to see a movie that had romance without overt sexuality, a PLOT , and true emotion without sentimentality. And where did they find these child actors? Luke Spill, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and especially Freddie Highmore were excellent. Rarely have I seen children perform on screen so realistically and charmingly. I'm sure they'll all have brilliant futures if they chose to stay in the business.

I would say something here about Johnny Depp but what is there to say? Besides, I'm biased- I've never seen a Johnny Depp movie I didn't like, & I'm sure I've seen every one! Julie Christie was a powerhouse playing a difficult character in the most likable way.

Don't let this movie slip under your radar! Finding Neverland will warm your heart without your having to turn off your brain. By the way, if you have a soul, take some tissues to use at the movies end.


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