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
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
Carl Conrad Coreander
The Childlike Empress
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
Opening Weekend: $4,325,823
(22 July 1984)
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.
Where-where-where I come from in the North, we used to have exquisite gourmet rocks. Only now… now, they're all gone.
I know how it happened.
Oh, I – I *swear* it wasn't me!
Oh, heck, no!
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