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The NeverEnding Story

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Original title
Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story)
Running time
94 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Wolfgang Petersen, Herman Weigel (Novel: Michael Ende)
Klaus Doldinger (Theme: Giorgio Moroder)
Jost Vacano
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Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-United States; Constantin Film / Bavaria Studios / Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) / Bavaria Film / Producers Sales Organization / Warner Bros.
Fantasy. Kids. Adventure | Dragons. Family-friendly. Cult Movie
Movie Groups
The Neverending Story | Michael Ende Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
The German Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot, In the Line of Fire) made his first English-language film with this 1984 fantasy about a boy (Barret Oliver) visualizing the stories of a book he's reading. The imagined tale involves another boy, a warrior (Noah Hathaway), and his efforts to save the empire of Fantasia from a nemesis called the Nothing. Whether or not the scenario sticks in the memory, what does linger are the unique effects, which are not quite like anything else. Plenty of good fairy-tale characters and memorable scenes, and the film even encourages kids to read the best-seller from Michael Ende.
1985: Academy of Sc-Fi, Fantasy & Horror, USA: Best Young Actor (Hathaway)
1985: Fantasporto: Nominated for Best Film
1985: German Film Awards: Best Production Design
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