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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

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Andrew Adamson

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Ann Peacock (screenplay), Andrew Adamson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Georgie Henley ... Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes ... Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley ... Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell ... Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton ... White Witch
James McAvoy ... Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent ... Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah ... Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo ... Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh Judy McIntosh ... Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Mrs. Macready
Patrick Kake ... Oreius
Shane Rangi ... General Otmin
Brandon Cook Brandon Cook ... Boy on Train
Cassie Cook Cassie Cook ... Girl on Train
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Storyline

Four children from the same family have to leave their town because of the bombings of WWII. A women and a professor take the children to their house. While playing a game of hide-and-seek, the youngest member of the family, Lucy, finds a wardrobe to hide in. She travels back and back into the wardrobe and finds a place named Narnia. After going in twice, the four children go in together for the last time. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter an evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named Aslan. Will this be the end of their journey to Narnia or will they stay? Written by John ewart

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The White Witch Cometh See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for battle sequences and frightening moments | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | UK

Release Date:

9 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,556,312, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$291,709,845, 7 May 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$745,013,115, 25 November 2011
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Negotiations with the C.S. Lewis estate about making a new adaptation of his book began in 2000. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy is talking to Tumnus after entering Narnia for the first time, she touches the lamp post which is covered by snow. Her fingerprints in the post change positions many times. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Pevensie: Edmund! Get away from there! Peter!
[to Edmund]
Mrs. Pevensie: What do you think you're doing? Peter! Quickly, the shelter! Now!
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Crazy Credits

There is a further brief scene with Lucy and the Professor after the initial cast credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

An extended cut of the movie was released on DVD for a limited time in December 2006. The extended edition included the following scenes:
  • 1.The new Disney logo at the beginning of the film.
  • 2. More parents and children crying at the train station. Also more interaction between the kids and Mrs. Pevensie.
  • 3. A scene on the train with Lucy and her toy dog.
  • 4. A new shot of the wardrobe before the cricket scene.
  • 5. More of the Pevensies running from Mrs. Macready.
  • 6. Extra shots of the Pevensies exploring Narnia for the first time.
  • 7. More of the Pevensies following Mr. Beaver to his home.
  • 8. Lucy finding a fish frozen in the ice around the Beaver's dam.
  • 9. More of Edmund crossing the Witch's courtyard.
  • 9. Some added shots of the wolves searching the dam.
  • 10. Several shots of the snow melting and the Pevensies and the Beavers walking through Narnia as it transforms into spring.
  • 11. A few new shots of Susan practicing archery.
  • 12. As the gryphons attack the Witch's troops with rocks, a group of bat-like creatures rush into the air and attack them.
  • 13. A few extra shots of the two armies colliding.
  • 14. As the phoenix attempts to lay down it's fire, a bat-creature attacks it. Peter kills the bat-creature with a spear.
  • 15. Some shots of creatures burning in the fire laid down by the phoenix.
  • 16. More of Orieus and Otmin fighting.
  • 17. Some more of the gryphons attacking the Witch.
  • 18. As Edmund rushes to Peter's aid, he pushes Ginarrbrik over a cliff.
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Connections

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Amazing fantasy, breathtaking adventures and overwhelming battles
11 December 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This enjoyable story produced by Walt Disney Pictures is based on C.S Lewis books. It begins during German air raids over London in WWII. The Pevensie four children(Henley,Keynes,Moseley and Poppewell) are sent to live at the country house of eccentric teacher Kike(Jim Broadvent). Meantime they're playing hide and seek, Lucy encounters a strange wardrobe that lead the snowy land of Narnia . There, she finds a sympathetic but coward faun(James McAvoy). Later she returns at home and the others don't believe her at first, but soon are convinced. Then, all of them go throughout the fantastic world with fauns and centaurs and where animals speaking, a beaver( voice by Ray Winstone), fox(voice by Rupert Everett) and furthermore the Father Christmas(James Cosmo). This magic land with perpetual winter is ruled by the nasty White Witch(Tilda Swinton). But the children are the chosen ones, according an ancient prophecy, and they team up with Aslem, the mighty Lion and real king of Narnia , fighting to defeat the evil witch in an epic finale battle.

The pic is a magic story with rip-snorting adventures, exciting fantasy, sensational scenarios and good feeling. Plenty of action and emotion and with an incredible battle scenes similar to ¨Lord of the Rings¨. Provide enough amusement to keep the chat rooms humming until the epic ending comes out. In spite of overlong runtime and the difficult of adapting, the film still managing to keep a quick enough pace for those unfamiliar with the lengthy literary and highly detailed work by C. S. Lewis. This two and a half hour movie stays closer to the original work than any of the former efforts, mostly animated. The film displays a colorful and evocative cinematography by Donald McAlpine. Musical score fitting perfectly to the action-adventure by Harry Gregson-Williams. The motion picture is marvellously directed by Andrew Adamson, he's the director,producer, writer of ¨Shrek¨ trilogy. Rating : Above average and worthwhile seeing . It's a very likable adventure-fantasy and enormously appealing for kids, adolescents and all family.


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