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The Neverending Story [1984] (1 disc)

Director:Wolfgang Petersen
Writer:Herman Weigel
Wolfgang Petersen
Composer:Giorgio Moroder
Klaus Doldinger
Length:92 minutes
(1 hour 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:Juliet
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Bastian reads a book that becomes more real than he could imagine.

Reaction: Charming and imaginative. This is a must have for a library of children's movies.

Personal Rating: 10/10

Wolfgang Petersen => Director / Writer
Herman Weigel => Writer
Giorgio Moroder => Composer
Klaus Doldinger => Composer
Michael Ende => Novel
Alan Oppenheimer => G'mork / Rockbiter / Narrator (voice) / Falkor
Barret Oliver => Bastian
Darryl Cooksey => 2nd Bully
Deep Roy => Teeny Weeny
Drum Garrett => 1st Bully
Frank Lenart => Teeny Weeny (voice)
Gerald McRaney => Bastian's Father
Moses Gunn => Cairon
Nicholas Gilbert => 3rd Bully
Noah Hathaway => Atreyu
Patricia Hayes => Urgl
Sydney Bromley => Engywook
Tami Stronach => The Childlike Empress
Thomas Hill => Koreander
Tilo Prückner => Night Hob

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The name that Bastian screams almost indecipherable into the night is "Moonchild".
  • The original Auryn for this film now hangs in an enclosed glass display in Steven Spielberg's office.
  • The name of the mystical land in the original novel was Fantastica, not Fantasia, but the original German name Phantásien translates more accurately into English as Fantasia.
  • This was the most expensive film ever produced in Germany at the time it was made.
  • Noah Hathaway was hurt twice during the making of the movie. During his horse riding training he was thrown off a horse which then stepped on him. Then during the shooting of the drowning sequence in the "swamp of sadness" his leg got caught on the elevator and he was pulled under water. He was unconscious by the time he was brought to the surface.
  • The film itself actually "ends" about halfway through the book.
  • The name of the mystical land in (the English translation of) the original novel was Fantastica, not Fantasia, but the original German name Phantásien translates more accurately into English as Fantasia.
  • The theme song was sung by [?] Limahl, who was the lead singer of the pop band [?] Kajagoogoo.
  • Noah Hathaway almost lost an eye during the fight-scene versus Gmork. One of the claws on his giant paws poked him in the face. The robot was also so heavy that he lost his breath as well when he was hit to the ground by it. They only made one shot due to the risk that he would get seriously wounded.
  • The makeup team on the movie tried to paint Noah Hathaway green, just as Atreyu is in the book. "It wasn't believable. I looked like fungi!" Hathaway said.