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Peter Pan (2003)

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The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

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P.J. Hogan

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J.M. Barrie (play), P.J. Hogan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Isaacs ... Mr. Darling / Captain Hook
Jeremy Sumpter ... Peter Pan
Rachel Hurd-Wood ... Wendy Darling
Lynn Redgrave ... Aunt Millicent
Richard Briers ... Smee
Olivia Williams ... Mrs. Darling
Geoffrey Palmer ... Sir Edward Quiller Couch
Harry Newell ... John Darling
Freddie Popplewell ... Michael Darling
Ludivine Sagnier ... Tink
Theodore Chester Theodore Chester ... Slightly
Rupert Simonian ... Tootles
George MacKay ... Curly
Harry Eden ... Nibs
Patrick Gooch Patrick Gooch ... Twin
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Storyline

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

The legend you thought you knew becomes the adventure you never imagined. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action sequences and peril | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Australia | USA | New Zealand

Release Date:

25 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peter Pan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 1,507,592 (Australia), 21 December 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,139,495, 28 December 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,462,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,975,011
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SDDS | DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emma Roberts auditioned for the role of Wendy. See more »

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When Wendy first enters the home beneath the ground, the boy who tumbles in from the left (the one Peter jumps over) is wearing white, high-top sneakers. See more »

Quotes

Peter: [after bumping his head on waking up] I was not asleep.
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Dedicated to 'Dodi al-Fayed' See more »

Alternate Versions

On television versions, The Columbia logo opens the film instead of the Universal logo. Universal distributed the film theatrically, however Revolution owns television rights with Sony and Debmar Mercury. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #31.11 (2004) See more »

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A Pirating We Go
Written by J.M. Barrie, Bonnie Greenberg, and Avrom Gart
Produced by Eddie Arkin
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One of the most magical, beautiful, and touching films I've ever seen...
30 December 2004 | by HermioneSnapeSee all my reviews

From the moment when I saw the first preview for this movie in the theaters, I was completely captivated. I've always loved the story of Peter Pan; I grew up watching the Disney and Mary Martin versions, and always thought the story to be one of undeniable power and beauty. When the film was released, I went to see it with my family, and was overwhelmed. I laughed, gasped, and cried, and the movie had my complete and enthralled attention from the opening notes of James Newton Howard's equally magical score through the end credits.

The actors and actresses for this film are all superb, Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy and Jason Isaacs doubling as Captain James Hook and George Darling being the obvious and inarguable standouts. Miss Hurd-Wood perfectly captures the spirit of Wendy--maternal, precocious, brave, loving, and loyal--and Mr. Isaacs is endearing as Mr. Darling and both fearsome and deliciously erotic as Captain Hook.

Jeremy Sumpter also did a fabulous job as the title character, Peter Pan, and I thoroughly disagree with those who proclaim his performance as "wooden"; in my opinion, he captured Pan's eternally childlike spirit perfectly, and the chemistry between him and Miss Hurd-Wood was very real and something that was sadly missing from both the Disney-fied version and the stage versions which have cast women in the role of Peter.

The Lost Boys were all brilliant, and worked together and with Mr. Sumpter comfortably to create a believable and familiar little family. The pirates were, of course, delightfully evil, and Richard Briers as Smee served often for comic relief, even as Hook thoughtlessly shot down crew members left and right. The lovely and gentle Olivia Williams was a wonderful Mrs. Mary Darling, and her exchanges with Mr. Isaacs as Mr. Darling were believably loving.

James Newton Howard did a wonderful job with the musical score for this film, completely capturing with both adult and children choirs, lilting woodwinds and strings, synthesizers, menacing and heroic brass, and magical bells, the spirit of Neverland and of Peter--mysterious, enchanting, innocent, with an undercurrent of darkness just beneath the surface that erupts full-force when Captain Hook is on the screen. I would rate the soundtrack a triumphant 10 out of 10 stars.

Everything fit together perfectly, in my mind, to bring forth to the masses a faithful and touching version of the classic story--I left the theater feeling profoundly moved and thoroughly enchanted anew with the story I had known since childhood. Every time I watch this film or listen to the soundtrack, I am haunted by its magical power for days afterward. I love this film dearly, and offer my thanks and praise to its cast and crew. A perfect 10.


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