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Finding Neverland (2004)

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

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 80 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sir James Matthew Barrie
... Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
... Mrs. Emma du Maurier
... Mary Ansell Barrie
... Charles Frohman
... Peter Llewelyn Davies
... Jack Llewelyn Davies
Nick Roud ... George Llewelyn Davies
... Michael Llewelyn Davies
... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
... 'Peter Pan'
... Mr. Jaspers - Usher
... Mrs. Snow
Jimmy Gardner ... Mr. Snow
Oliver Fox ... Gilbert Cannan
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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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Where will your imagination take you? See more »


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

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17 December 2004 (USA)  »

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J.M. Barrie's Neverland  »

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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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DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Marc Forster): One of the workers when J.M. Barrie visits the costume room at the playhouse. See more »

Goofs

There was much literary license taken regarding J.M. Barrie and his relationships with key characters. He and his wife didn't divorce until several years after the film's time period. Also, Sylvia's husband didn't die several years after the film; Sylvia didn't until 1910, six years after the Peter Pan premiere. Barrie knew the boys for several years before their apparent first meeting. See more »

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Charles Frohman: Opening night. I love opening night. How are you? Did you see him?
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Version of Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1955) 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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11 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I always tell my students that they can't claim a movie they just saw as their favorite movie ever because it has yet to stand the test of time. Every now and then a movie comes along that defies that rule for me -- a movie that as soon as I finish seeing it I know that it is an instant classic, if not "my favorite movie ever." American Beauty was such a movie.

Finding Neverland is such a movie. Every minute of this movie was simply incredible -- I felt like the kids in the theater on the opening night of Peter Pan. Johnny Depp is absolutely astounding, as he usually is, as JM Barrie. The rest of the adult cast doesn't quite come up to his level, but are uniformly strong. The kids, especially Peter and Michael, are wonderful. Maybe I just love the British accent, but one of my favorite scenes comes very early when Barrie meets Michael in the park -- Michael's accent reminded me so much of the kid in The Little Prince!

What raises this movie above standard fare, though, are the clever entries into Barrie's imagination. The magical moments in this movie seem to literally jump off the screen. Without a doubt, a film worthy of Oscar nominations for Depp, screenplay adaptation, cinematography (the pirate ship scene is gorgeous), and best movie of the year. Treat yourself - despite the PG rating, this is NOT a movie just for kids -- believe... 10/10


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