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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

Taglines:

There are many stories of Narnia. The first is about to be told. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Plot similarities between J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings novel and C.S. Lewis' Narnia stories was no coincidence. Both men were members of a literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Living trees that move and fight, but also provide a safe zone, languages created for the legendary cultures within the mythology, and rescues from towers by flying creatures, are a few examples. See more »

Goofs

The Pevensies observe blackout rules poorly. They have no blast tape on the windows, no blackout curtains, they open their curtains with the lights on, they leave lights on while they open the back door, etc. Then they are still in the house while the planes are going over. The war sirens went off when planes were spotted a couple of miles from the city itself, so the family should have had plenty of time to get out the house into the air raid shelter. Even though moments of terror make it hard to observe rules, it was precisely this terror that made Londoners obey the rules so strictly. 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

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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Soundtracks

Oh Johnny Oh, Johnny Oh!
(1917)
Music by Abe Olman
Lyrics Ed Rose
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Splendid!
29 December 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

With an appeal to both adults and children, the British author C. S. Lewis wrote seven books in his Chronicles of Narnia series. The stories are rich in mythology and religious symbolism, drawing upon archetypes from the Norse, Greco-Roman, Persian, medieval chivalric, and Judeo-Christian traditions.

Now comes this wonderful film of the first chronicle, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." The beautiful cinematography and the terrific performances of the children make this film outstanding for family viewing. As integrated with the live actors, the colorful animal characters, especially the Lion (Jesus), reveal brilliant technical film-making as well.

Lewis's books are not overtly allegorical. Rather, the symbols and the messages are subtle. The four children in the story (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) were inspired by the actual children evacuated from London during World War II, who spent time in Lewis's home. Lewis wanted his books to be enjoyed by young people who would later in their lives draw the spiritual meanings from the stories. In this area, the film is enormously faithful to the original book and would have made the author extremely proud.


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