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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

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Taglines:

Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$291,710,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$745,013,115
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Aslan is a Turkish word meaning Lion. Lewis came up with the name during a trip to Turkey before 1922, where he saw the Sultan's elite guards, called Aslan because of their bravery and loyalty. The name of the White Witch is "Jadis," a French word meaning "of old." Aslan explains that the witch practices the very old "deep magic," but his "magic" is even older--from "before the dawn of time." See more »

Goofs

When the kids meet Mr. Beaver, Peter and Susan are holding hands on Peter's arm. In the next shot, they let go but in the shot after that, they are holding hands on his arm again. 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

At the end of the credits there is a dedication: "For Isabelle and Sylvia" See more »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical version of this film was released by Walt Disney Pictures, but all television, video, and theatrical re-issue versions of the film are distributed by 20th Century Fox. As a result, the current version in circulation opens with a 20th Century Fox logo. This happened as a result of Disney deciding against its distribution deal when it expired in 2010; Walden Media sold its share of the rights to 20th Century Fox that year. See more »

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Written and Performed by Tim Finn
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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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