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The Pagemaster (1994)

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A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life.

Directors:

Pixote Hunt (as Maurice Hunt), Joe Johnston

Writers:

David Kirschner (story), David Casci (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macaulay Culkin ... Richard Tyler
Kanin Howell ... Neighborhood Kid (as Canan J. Howell)
Alexis Kirschner Alexis Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Jessica Kirschner Jessica Kirschner ... Neighborhood Kid
Guy Mansker Guy Mansker ... Neighborhood Kid
Brandon S. McKay Brandon S. McKay ... Neighborhood Kid (as Brandon McKay)
Stephen Sheehan Stephen Sheehan ... Neighborhood Kid
Ed Begley Jr. ... Alan Tyler
Mel Harris ... Claire Tyler
Christopher Lloyd ... Mr. Dewey / The Pagemaster
Patrick Stewart ... Adventure (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Fantasy (voice)
Frank Welker ... Horror (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde (voice)
George Hearn ... Captain Ahab (voice)
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Storyline

This is the story of a young boy named Richard Tyler, who spouts statistics about the possibility of accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While riding his bike home, Richard finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. Richard slips and is knocked unconscious while exploring a rotunda in the library. Upon awakening, he is led on a journey through conflicts and events that resemble fictional stories, keeping him from finding the exit from the library. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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All the adventure your imagination can hold.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pagemaster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,188,399, 27 November 1994

Gross USA:

$13,670,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,670,688
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie featured four regular cast members from various Star Trek television series: Sir Patrick Stewart, Leonard Nimoy, Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Picardo. As well as this movie featuring four Star Trek regulars, it also featured two cast members who have Star Trek connections: Christopher Lloyd, who played Klingon Commander Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), and Ed Begley Jr., who played Henry Starling in two episodes of Star Trek: Voyager (1995), namely "Future's End: Parts 1 and 2". See more »

Goofs

When Adventure got burnt by a dragon and Horror blew out the fire on the mustache, he says "Happy Birthday" but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Jamaican Pirate: One gold piece! This is your treasure, is it. Let's kill him and eat his parrot.
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Soundtracks

Whatever You Imagine '(End Credits)'
(1994)
Lyric by Cynthia Weil
Music by Barry Mann and James Horner
Produced by Keith Thomas
Executive Producer: Jay Landers
Performed by Wendy Moten
Wendy Moten courtesy of Thunderbird Records / EMI Records
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13 November 2018 | by christianreynolds-86078See all my reviews

With its curious mix of Time Bandits-like enchantment and plain sense of fun, The Pagemaster represents the least-annoying and most enjoyable contribution Culkin has made to the industry since Home Alone. This won't be the monster hit that movie was, but children venturing into The Pagemaster should be no less beguiled. Grownups who often feel insulted by the too-juvenile tone of most so-called "family features" will likely find this movie long enough to catch their attention, but short enough not to lose it -- in essence, a surprisingly affable (and occasionally even sophisticated) movie-going experience. Most importantly though- This film is even more relevant today 25 years on.


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