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The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Die unendliche Geschichte (original title)
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A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

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Wolfgang Petersen

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Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay by), Herman Weigel (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barret Oliver ... Bastian
Gerald McRaney ... Bastian's Father
Chris Eastman Chris Eastman ... 1st Bully (as Drum Garrett)
Darryl Cooksey Darryl Cooksey ... 2nd Bully
Nicholas Gilbert Nicholas Gilbert ... 3rd Bully
Thomas Hill ... Carl Conrad Coreander
Deep Roy ... Teeny Weeny
Tilo Prückner Tilo Prückner ... Night Hob
Moses Gunn ... Cairon
Noah Hathaway ... Atreyu
Sydney Bromley ... Engywook
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Urgl
Tami Stronach ... The Childlike Empress
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Storyline

Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

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A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The NeverEnding Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,325,823, 22 July 1984

Gross USA:

$20,158,808

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,250,857
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 70 mm 6-Track | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title song by Limahl initially did poorly in the US. The song only became a hit in the US following the movie's Home Video release and Cable TV airings a year after the film's theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

When Bastien and his father are talking at breakfast his father drinks about half of his egg drink (at around 43 mins) before sitting down (at around 56 mins), later when he picks it back up again the cup is about three quarters full again (at around 47 mins). See more »

Quotes

Mr. Koreander: Your books are safe. While you're reading them, you get to become Tarzan or Robinson Crusoe.
Bastian: But that's what I like about 'em.
Mr. Koreander: Ahh, but afterwards you get to be a little boy again.
Bastian: Wh-what do you mean?
Mr. Koreander: Listen. Have you ever been Captain Nemo, trapped inside your submarine while the giant squid is attacking you?
Bastian: Yes.
Mr. Koreander: Weren't you afraid you couldn't escape?
Bastian: But it's only a story.
Mr. Koreander: That's what I'm talking about. The ones you read are safe.
Bastian: And that one isn't?
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Alternate Versions

The German language version is 102 minutes (98 minutes on PAL video). Some scenes are longer and some scenes in the German version are completely missing in the English/international version. The German version has score by Klaus Doldinger only, no score by Giorgio Moroder and no song by Limahl. The opening credits in the German version are only white text on black background. See more »

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Referenced in The Thundermans: The Neverfriending Story (2015) See more »

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The Ivory Tower
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Composed & performed by Giorgio Moroder
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Life without Fantasia
8 December 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The boy Bastian (Barret Oliver) misses his mother, who has died, and is bullied at school by three bullies. One day, he is running away from the three boys and hides in a bookstore, where the owner shows him a book that he has never read called "The Neverending Story".

Bastian does not resist and shoplifts the book, leaving a note telling that he will return the book after he reads it. He goes to the school attic and anxiously reads the book that tells the story of the magic kingdom of Fantasia that is doomed to destruction, unless the boy Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) can save it. But he needs the help of an Earthling boy to avoid that The Nothing destroys his world.

The first times that I saw "Die Unendliche Geschichte", a.k.a. "The Neverending Story", I was younger and younger and I simply loved it. Twenty-eight years later, I have just bought the Blu-Ray and after watching it again, I liked but less that I remember.

The state of art especial effects in 1984 is now dated and the acting is only reasonable. But the story of the coming of age by force of a boy that sees his innocence lost due to the death of his mother and bullying at school has a beautiful message in the end and is still worthwhile watching it. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A História Sem Fim" ("The Neverending Story")


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