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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

Writers:

Ann Peacock (screenplay), Andrew Adamson (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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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 woman 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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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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Trivia

The four kids made up a dance, to which they sang, whenever Andrew Adamson said "check the gate" after each take. "Check the gate" means check that there are no hairs or other foreign bodies between the film and the gate, which holds the film in a flat plane within the camera; such hairs would show up on the film, and make the shot useless. See more »

Goofs

After the climactic battle, as Aslan approaches Susan, Edmund, Peter, and Lucy; he stops, looks to his right, and breathes on a frozen figure. In the next shot from his rear where we can see the children, Aslan is looking to his left and there is nothing to his right. 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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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

Referenced in Mad: The Blunder Games/The Poop-seidon Adventure (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Wunderkind
(2004)
Written and Performed by Alanis Morissette
Produced by Mike Elizondo and Alanis Morissette
Courtesy of Maverick Records
Orchestral Arrangement by Jennifer Hammond
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User Reviews

 
Visually a feast to the eyes, but sometimes the story is unengaging.
9 June 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I thought this a very well done film indeed. I will say the film looks just splendid, especially the scenes in Narnia, with beautiful snowy sets (some looked as though it had come from the LOTR trilogy). However, some of the scenes looked as though they had been computerised, such as the scene with the children and beavers running across the ice. There were also some attempts to put some humour into the story like the professor's line "ah yes, the weeping one" in reference to Lucy and the beavers especially, but because the director had taken liberties to make the story darker, the humour didn't quite work. However there are a number of positives, like the spirited performances of the children, Georgie Henley especially, better than Sophie Wilcox's rather goofy portrayal in the 1988 series. James McAvoy is charming as Mr. Tumnus, and Liam Neeson was majestic as Aslan. But the acting honours go to Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, even with her calmness she dominates the screen, in a sometimes chilling portrayal as the character. The film was fairly faithful to the book, but the added scenes and dialogue failed to engage as much. All, a flawed but enjoyable film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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Release Date:

9 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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