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Finding Neverland [2004] (1 disc)

Director:Marc Forster
Writer:David Magee
Composer:Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Drama
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IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:83%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Reaction: Touching and charming. And young Freddie Highmore really shows great skill in his early career.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Marc Forster => Director
David Magee => Writer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek => Composer
Allan Knee => Play
Angus Barnett => 'Nana' / Mr. Reilly
Catherine Cusack => Sarah
Catrin Rhys => 'Michael Darling'
Dustin Hoffman => Charles Frohman
Eileen Essell => Mrs. Snow
Freddie Highmore => Peter Llewelyn Davies
Ian Hart => Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Jane Booker => 'Mrs. Darling'
Jimmy Gardner => Mr. Snow
Joe Prospero => Jack Llewelyn Davies
Johnny Depp => Sir James Matthew Barrie
Jonathan Cullen => Doctor Brighton
Julie Christie => Mrs. Emma du Maurier
Kali Peacock => Emma
Kate Maberly => 'Wendy'
Kate Winslet => Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Kelly Macdonald => 'Peter Pan'
Luke Spill => Michael Llewelyn Davies
Mackenzie Crook => Mr. Jaspers - Usher
Matt Green => 'John'
Nick Roud => George Llewelyn Davies
Oliver Fox => Gilbert Cannan
Radha Mitchell => Mary Ansell Barrie
Suzy Kewer => Mary McCormack (uncredited)
Tim Potter => 'Hook' / Lord Carlton
Toby Jones => 'Smee'

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the film, Johnny Depp spies Dustin Hoffman's character reading through the Peter Pan playbill, mocking the character names. The original script, however, called for Dustin Hoffman to be dressed in Captain Hook's costume as he playfully read the playbill. Upon reading that scene, Dustin said to director Marc Forster, "I'm not being Hook again!" The script was then changed.
  • This film was originally scheduled to be released in fall 2003, but Columbia Pictures, which had the rights to J.M. Barrie's play for their film Peter Pan, refused to allow Miramax to use certain scenes from the play in Finding Neverland if it were released at the same time. Miramax agreed to delay the release of Finding Neverland by one year in exchange for the rights to use Barrie's words.
  • At the end of the movie when J.M. Barrie is showing the play to Sylvia at her house, Peter Pan asked them to clap their hands to save Tinkerbelle. Julie Christie's reaction to this was to immediately start clapping. This was unplanned, and the children had no idea how to respond to it. The look of shock on their faces is real.
  • Johnny Depp was the first of the cast members to sign on to the film. Kate Winslet was next.
  • There were actually five Davies children. The fifth child ([?] Nicholas "Nico" Llewelyn Davies) has a hard-to-notice spot in the play - he is part of the inspiration for Michael (Michael Nicholas Darling). Since he was very young and is not noticed by many people in the play anyway, he wasn't included in the film. His daughter does appear in the film, however. She is the woman in the scene that takes place after the first showing of Peter Pan. She says something like, "You're Peter Pan?" Her name is [?] Laura Duguid. She brought to the set the engagement ring that J.M. Barrie was going to propose to Sylvia with in real life. Sylvia died before he had the chance.
  • During the formal dinner scene, Johnny Depp placed a "fart machine" under Julie Christie's chair. He had a remote control that he used to trigger a fart sound from the device. The children are laughing more at that than from playing with the spoons.
  • Dustin Hoffman has appeared in two films about "Peter Pan" (Hook and Finding Neverland). Following his appearance in Hook, close friend and former roommate Gene Hackman began calling him "Hook" as a joke. The name stuck and his contemporaries call him by that nickname to this day.
  • When J.M. Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies family are traveling by buggy to Mary Ansell Barrie's (James's wife) cottage, a flock of sheep stops in front of the buggy and it is forced to stop. This is included in the film because the buggy is an original from the late 1800s and is not able to properly run. To make it go, it is pushed over the hill. To cover for it stopping suddenly at the base of the hill, director Marc Forster decided to have the sheep block the road.
  • During the opening scene most of the extras wanted to go through the left door so they could shake Dustin Hoffman's hand.
  • At the beginning of the movie, when J.M. Barrie is seen pacing the corridor outside the auditorium, the carpet under his feet is worn and thread bare, suggesting that many playwrights had paced there many times. This was inspired by the playwright [?] Neil Simon who makes mention of it in his autobiography, which one of the films writers had read.
  • Dustin Hoffman has his hand in his jacket while being told the idea of the boy who would never grow up because he had cut the tip of his finger when a folding chair he was sitting in collapsed and the doctor ordered that his hand had to remain above his heart.
  • Jim Carrey was considered for the role of 'J.M Barrie'.
  • In actuality (not the film), [?] Peter Llewelyn Davies was not J.M. Barrie's inspiration for the Peter Pan character. His younger brother, Michael, was. Michael is also said to be Barrie's favorite of the children, not Peter. It is not certain why Barrie then chose to name the main character Peter. One idea why is because of his brothers, Peter behaved the most like an adult at a young age. Barrie wished he had had more of a childhood, so he immortalized him as the symbol of youth.