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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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Evil Has Reigned For 100 Years... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was DP Donald M. McAlpine's first experience using the Super 35 format on a feature film, although it was used for the visual effects for Moulin Rouge! (2001). His previous films before this one were shot in the Panavision (anamorphic) format. He says that "[anamorphic is] a better cinematic experience. People know they're not watching TV. Even a comedy like Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), I think, was a better film because it was shot anamorphically. For The Chronicles of Narnia, they wanted me to shoot Super 35 because of the amount of visual effects involved. They wanted the freedom to move within the frame. And the DI, by removing that optical step, eliminates a lot of the problems. It looks magnificent." See more »

Goofs

When Edmund is rescued he has a big cut on his lip. When Queen Jadis and Aslan go into the tent for their meeting it is a smaller cut, and when they come out it is bigger 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

The producers wish to thank ... Ngai Tahu People ... 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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Winter Light
(2004)
Written and Performed by Tim Finn
Produced by Bobby Huff and Tim Finn
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Very good - go and see it
31 December 2005 | by tiwSee all my reviews

Having read the book as a child I thought the whole film was a brilliant interpretation of what I read, although I imagined it set in a Victorian house, not that, that matters. The special effects with the animals are very believable as the talking and voice-overs are superb. The plot from beginning to end has been exceptionally well executed. Only with today's special effects could this film hit the nail on the spot so well, it is so real. The children play their parts spot on and Tilda Swinton/The White Witch with her black eyes and beautiful but chilling figure cuts a fetching but scary witch. I will take my children to see it, in the cinema and buy the DVD when it is out, this will be a classic movie and if the future anticipated films have the same superb ingredients the series will likewise be classics.


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