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

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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD) (Encore print)

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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to not be nominated for Best Director. See more »

Goofs

When the play of "Peter Pan" is being staged, the actor playing Smee watches the actor playing "Nana", and later converses with them to say that they gave a good performance. However in reality the roles of Smee and Nana are doubled by the same member of the cast (just a Hook and Mr Darling get played by the same actor), so the conversation wouldn't take place. See more »

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[first lines]
Charles Frohman: Opening night. I love opening night. How are you? Did you see him?
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Referenced in Cash Trapped: Episode #2.25 (2017) 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 jasonflumSee 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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