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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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Official Sites:

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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:

$291,709,845, 7 May 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$745,013,115, 25 November 2011
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When Peter is talking to Aslan, Aslan says "Beaver also mentioned something about you turning him into a hat". That line was not originally in the movie. The smile you see is William Moseley smiling because a fly was buzzing around his head, which rendered the shot useless. See more »

Goofs

During Hide & Seek, Lucy tries a door at the end of the hallway, but it's locked. She tries the door to the right about five steps away, and it opens into the spare room with the wardrobe, but the entire left wall has windows; this would not have been possible if there were a room on the other side of the wall. In fact, there is a window to Lucy's immediate left upon entering (with the short cut of the buzzing fly). The only way this would have been possible within the layout of the house is if the locked door in the hallway was to a very shallow closet. 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

German theatrical version (non-digital) was cut for violence to secure a "Not under 6" rating. Digital presentations were uncut (with a "Not under 12" rating). On DVD, both versions were released (standard DVD was cut, collector's edition was uncut). See more »

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Written and Performed by Tim Finn
Produced by Bobby Huff and Tim Finn
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A disappointment
8 May 2008 | by Paul1149See all my reviews

I wanted to like this movie, but at almost all times I was aware that I was "watching a movie". It never really moved my soul. The acting was frankly very bad. The emotional depictions were worse. The screenplay wasn't great either. The scenery, the special effects, however - with the exception of most of the animals' talking - were good.

I began to hope that the appearance of Aslan would save the film, but he was a disappointment as well. The majestic King seems like a big stuffed toy from FAO Swartz.

The whole thing comes off as childish. I often thought that it would be OK to pass this movie off on a kid, but not an adult. Even the classic lines at the end, "After all, Aslan is not a tame lion / But he is good" simply had no power whatsoever.

In the inevitable comparison to the amazing Lord of the Rings trilogy, there simply is no contest. That's a shame, because the Lewis writings are truly superb and deserve far better treatment. Now that this version is done, it will serve as a firewall preventing a better interpretation from being done for a long time.

As I said, I wanted to like the movie. Not only do I enjoy the richness of the original story, I love its Christian underpinnings as well. I remember years ago being genuinely moved by a simple animated version of this story, especially the scene of the death of Aslan, where there was a holy silence that descended not only on the land of Narnia but on my own heart as well; but this expensive production barely stirred me. It may well be that Disney is simply out of its depth with this kind of rendering, that its massive corporate group-think actually works against producing an artistic work of this kind when using real actors rather than pictures.

That's sad, for what could have been but is not.


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