Peter Pan

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Still of Rachel Hurd-Wood and Harry Newell in Peter PanStill of Jeremy Sumpter in Peter PanPeter Pan (JEREMY SUMPTER) beckons Wendy Darling (RACHEL HURD-WOOD) away from the Darling nursery. Still of Jeremy Sumpter in Peter PanStill of Jason Isaacs in Peter PanStill of Jason Isaacs and Jeremy Sumpter in Peter Pan


The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.9/10 (25,186 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

P.J. Hogan

Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life–free of grown-up rules–while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates.

Writers: J.M. Barrie, P.J. Hogan


Jason Isaacs

Mr. Darling
Captain Hook

Jeremy Sumpter

Peter Pan

Rachel Hurd-Wood

Wendy Darling

Lynn Redgrave

Aunt Millicent

Richard Briers


Olivia Williams

Mrs. Darling

Geoffrey Palmer

Sir Edward Quiller Couch

Harry Newell

John Darling

Freddie Popplewell

Michael Darling

Ludivine Sagnier


Theodore Chester


Rupert Simonian


George MacKay


Harry Eden


Patrick Gooch


All children grow up except one.


Official Website:
Columbia Tristar [France] |
Official site [Brazil] |

Release Date: 25 December 2003

Filming Locations: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $100,000,000


Opening Weekend: AUD 1,507,592
(21 December 2003)

Gross: $121,975,011

Technical Specs



(theatrical version)

Did You Know?


Jeremy Sumpter went from 5 feet tall to 5' 8" during filming. The window of the nursery had to be rebuilt 4 times because the actor kept hitting his head on it.


Revealing mistakes:
The shot of John skewering the bookshelf is flipped. John lunges with the sword in his left hand, but completes the motion with the sword in his "right" hand. The part in Wendy's hair changes sides as well!


It's all a bit tragic, really, isn't it?

User Review

The best Peter Pan to date, unfortunately at the wrong time.

Rating: 9/10

Up front I will say it: this is the best Peter Pan adaptation yet, and
in what follows I will tell you why. Despite the film's quality, it
failed at the box office, and for good reason. Insight into that shall
be revealed as well. Such sage wisdom ye shall not find in other
reviews. Read on.

The main thing that sets this adaptation apart from previous attempts
is sexual tension. Yes, sexual tension. If you've read other reviews,
no doubt it has been mentioned. Many people seem to take offense at
said tension. Such people seem to forget what it was like to be in the
age bracket of 12 – 14. The makers of this film don't dance around the
fact that Wendy has just met the boy of her dreams, and he is ready to
whisk her off to fantasy land. Much is made of the fact that they meet
in the bedroom and play father and mother to the lost boys. The
relationship of these two pre-teens is as complex as any two adults in
any other movies. And the young actors handle the relationship with
grace and authenticity.

The production itself is beautiful, albeit stylized. The filmmakers do
not mask that neverland is a fantasy world, and it stays that from
beginning to end. Every frame in this movie is beautiful. There are
some moments that are literally breathtaking.

Ultimately what makes this film excellent is that it tells a story. And
this story is centered on Wendy, and the boy of her dreams: Peter Pan.
Except he cannot be the man of her dreams, and that is truly tragic.
Captain Hook is the opposite: a man who cannot be young. A man who is
"old, alone, and done-for" according to Pan. We end up exploring
Wendy's psyche throughout the film, and it is almost perfectly

But why did this film fail at the box office? Competetion. Who can
possibly defeat Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, two bigger and much
more commercial adaptations of fantasy books? This film deserves to be
a classic and is one of the best fantasy movies to date. All should see
it, young and old. It is rich, beautiful, and exciting.