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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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How far can 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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Trivia

In the film, Johnny Depp spies Dustin Hoffman's character reading through the Peter Pan playbill, mocking the character names. The original script, however, called for Dustin Hoffman to be dressed in Captain Hook's costume as he playfully read the playbill. Upon reading that scene, Dustin said to Marc Forster, "I'm not being Hook again!" The script was then changed. See more »

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While they are watching the play in the Davies' home Michael goes from leaning onto his mother to sitting up straight to leaning on his mother again. 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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Version of Producers' Showcase: Peter Pan (1955) See more »

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Medieval and Renaissance Fanfare No. 7
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Published by Studio G Ltd (PRS)
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The Mystery Of It All
6 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Johnny Depp takes us by the hand and in the gentlest most reassuring way leads into the heart, soul and mind of an artist. How easy is for the world to judge. How frightened we still are of all we don't understand. The very nature of innocence is suspect because innocence belongs exclusively to the innocent. Every time the world claims to protect it, tends to destroy it. "Finding Nerverland" is filled with moments of enlightenment. Moving and powerful moments but none more so than Julie Christie's face as she applauds, converted to the fantasy transported into her daughter's house. The moment and the enlightenment are short lived, but, somehow, remains in my mind as a glimmer of hope. If for a moment she accepts the mystery of it all, maybe we all could. Johnny Depp is the best American actor of his generation, period. Kate Winslet is a stunning rarity among her contemporaries. She doesn't look like anybody else and the camera catches every tiny little thought that crosses her marvelous face. Congratulations Mr. Forster you can count on me from this moment on as a devoted fan.


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