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The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding StoryStill of Noah Hathaway in The NeverEnding StoryStill of Barret Oliver in The NeverEnding StoryStill of Barret Oliver in The NeverEnding StoryStill of Noah Hathaway in The NeverEnding StoryStill of Noah Hathaway in The NeverEnding Story


A troubled boy dives into a wonderous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 7.4/10 (40,920 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Wolfgang Petersen

Stars: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach

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.

Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Herman Weigel


Barret Oliver


Gerald McRaney

Bastian's Father

Drum Garrett

1st Bully

Darryl Cooksey

2nd Bully

Nicholas Gilbert

3rd Bully

Thomas Hill

Carl Conrad Coreander

Deep Roy

Teeny Weeny

Tilo Prückner

Night Hob

Moses Gunn


Noah Hathaway


Alan Oppenheimer



Sydney Bromley


Patricia Hayes


Tami Stronach

The Childlike Empress
Southern Oracle

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

Release Date: 20 July 1984

Filming Locations: Bavaria Filmstudios, Geiselgasteig, Grünwald, Bavaria, Germany

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,000,000


Opening Weekend: $4,325,823
(22 July 1984)
(950 Screens)

Gross: $100,000,000

Technical Specs



(international version)

Did You Know?


The theme song was sang by Limahl, who was the lead singer of the pop band Kajagoogoo.


Toward the end of the movie while she is speaking with Atreyu, the middle two rows of beads in the head piece that the child-like empress is wearing, change position between closer together and further apart from 81:00 to 85:00 on the DVD.


Rock Biter:
Where-where-where I come from in the North, we used to have exquisite gourmet rocks. Only now… now, they're all gone.

Night Hob:
I know how it happened.

Rock Biter:
Oh, I – I *swear* it wasn't me!

Night Hob:
Oh, heck, no!

User Review

My life changed that autumn afternoon…


The Neverending story is by far the best "Fantasy" film ever made and I
doubt that it will ever be topped. I saw this movie with my dad one cold
autumn afternoon, and my life changed forever that day. This movie taught
that fantastic places and wonderful creatures really do exist. You only
to want them to. Even today, aged 23, working in the computer industry, I
find myself slipping in the Neverending Story soundtrack in my CD player
dreaming away to Fantasia…

This movie the most beautiful and touching movies ever created. It's an
example of a timeless story, told with wonderful creatures and dazzling
vistas of the land of Fantasia. The amazing and perfect soundtrack help
capture your heart and won't let go until the end credits fill the screen.
At which time you notice that you've been crying for the last ½ hour. I
consider myself extremely lucky that this wonderful movie was shown to me
such a young age, telling me that the world is what you make of

And luckily, this September I can watch it all on DVD!!

This is a masterpiece, nothing less