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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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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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Unlock your imagination. 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)  »

Also Known As:

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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2.39 : 1
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According to Producer Richard N. Gladstein, more than 50 directors passed on the project. See more »

Goofs

Frohman's dog "changes" between two dogs throughout the film. In the scene where Frohman dances with his dog, the dog he dances with has a tinge of ginger in his hair, whereas before the dog did not. 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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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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Version of Peter Pan (2003) 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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Superb Acting and Brilliantly Made

Finding Neverland is one of the best films I have seen all year. Depp and Winslet are superb and their supporting cast is very strong in particular Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman and Freddie Highmore. Forster's direction is tight and he maintains a story which had the potential to drag. Depp delivers a performance that is truly believable and he interacts with his co-stars well, in particular, Freddie Highmore who delivers a performance that outshines Depp's. It is a tour de force of acting talent. Clearly Highmore has a great career ahead of him. 9/10 for a superb piece of film-making, made diligently but, unfortunately, up against such strong contention, it had to make do with a disappointing award haul.


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