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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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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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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 character of the White Witch was inspired by the Snow Queen in the story of Hans Christian Andersen. The scene with Jadis taking Edmund in her sleigh is heavily influenced from the corresponding scene where Snow Queen forces Kai into traveling with her reindeer coach. In both cases the young boy is an emotionally detached child, the magical being tucks the boy with her cloak and talks him into following her. Both the White Witch and the Snow Queen reside in vast palaces made of ice. Another artistic choice by the filmmakers which probably serves as a nod to the Snow Queen is the fact that Edmund is lightly dressed in all his scenes inside the frozen palace but inexplicably never displays any sign of shivering or feeling cold. This mirrors the story of the Snow Queen where Kai never felt uncomfortable in the polar area because the Snow Queen had removed magically his sense of cold. See more »

Goofs

Peter's sword can be seen bending multiple times throughout the movie as though it was made of aluminum or rubber. 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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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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Always Winter But Never Christmas
22 January 2014 | by JamesHitchcockSee all my reviews

As a child, I was never a great lover of C. S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia". The books were always too preachy in tone for my liking, and if there was one thing that was guaranteed to kill a book stone dead for me it was the suspicion that the adult world were using it to put forward some morally improving message. My suspicions were confirmed when a classmate of mine, a boy whose great ambition, even at the age of ten, was to be Archbishop of Canterbury when he grew up, explained to me that the whole series was essentially one long extended Christian allegory. (And yes, he probably did use the word "allegory" even at that tender age).

I have never been tempted to revisit the books in adult life, so was surprised that I enjoyed the film version of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" so much. The story opens in London during the Second World War. Four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, are evacuated during the Blitz to a large house in the countryside, owned by an eccentric professor. While playing hide-and-seek one day they discover a wardrobe which acts as a gateway into the fantasy land of Narnia. Once there, they get caught up in a power-struggle between Aslan the Lion and Jadis, the evil White Witch. White witches, of course, are normally portrayed as being on the side of good, as opposed to the evil black witches, but in the case of Jadis the adjective relates not to her moral character but to her love of dressing in that colour and to the fact that under her rule Narnia is an icy wilderness, a land "where it is always winter but never Christmas".

From what I can recall, the film follows Lewis's plot fairly closely, so for those who like that sort of thing the religious symbolism is still there. Aslan clearly represents Christ and Jadis the Devil. There are parallels to the Fall of Man, with a bowl of Turkish Delight standing in for the apple, and to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. This symbolism is, however, applied lightly enough to enable the film to be enjoyed as a family fantasy adventure rather than as a beginner's guide to the Christian religion. Lewis was a colleague and close friend of J R R Tolkien, so it is perhaps appropriate that "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" has something in common with Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which was also shot in New Zealand, especially during the battle scenes near the end. It is, however, somewhat lighter in tone than Jackson's mighty epic.

On the acting side, the one really outstanding contribution comes from an icily seductive Tilda Swinton as the White Witch. Aslan comes across as a bit one-dimensional, noble and heroic and not much else, but that is less the fault of Liam Neeson, who provided the voice, as of Lewis, who wrote him like that.

Lewis's mythology was essentially a hodge-podge of various other mythologies, especially Greek, so the film features such creatures as fauns, centaurs, griffins, minotaurs, dwarfs and various talking beasts, and the computer-generated imagery is able to bring all of these vividly to life. One thing which did not strike me as a child was just how surreal Lewis's world can be, possibly because surrealism was not a concept with which I was really acquainted at the age of ten. This is, however, something brought out in the film version, particularly in the early scenes where the children enter that eerie snow-covered world, a world where Victorian lamp-posts mysteriously sprout in the middle of a dense coniferous forest, where rather camp fauns invite you back to their homes for tea and cakes and where beavers talk with cockney accents and eat fish-and-chips. Who could fail to enjoy a world like that? Perhaps Lewis, the staid, conservative, devoutly religious Oxford don, had more in common with Salvador Dali than he might have liked to admit. 8/10


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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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