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5.0 out of 5 stars "He is very close, listening to every word we say.", October 26, 2004
This review is from: The Neverending Story (DVD)
In 1994, Wolfgang Petersen directed the film adaptation of the German novel "Die Unendliche Geschichte", which was written by Michael Ende (1929-1995). The film/novel is better known in the U.S. with its English title of "The Neverending Story". It was also the first film that Wolfgang Petersen filmed in English. The story begins with a troubled boy named Bastian (Barret Oliver), who is being raised by his father (Gerald McRaney). An avid reader with an active imagination, Bastian walks into a used bookstore owned by Mr. Koreander (Thomas Hill) and finds a mysterious book that captures his curiosity. Mr. Koreander seemingly doesn't want to sell the book to him, but Bastian manages to run from the store with book in hand. Bastian takes the book to school with him, where he is tormented by three bullies (Drum Garrett, Darryl Cooksey & Nicholas Gilbert). To avoid the bullies, Bastian finds refuge in a rarely-used attic within the school and begins to read from the book about a magical land called Fantasia. Fantasia is a wonderful place with many unusual characters and is ruled by the Childlike Princess (Tami Stronach), but something terrible is happening to Fantasia as parts of it are disappearing by an unknown force referred to only as "the nothing". The Childlike Princess calls upon the strongest warrior to find a human child to stop "the nothing". The warrior, a boy named Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) of a tribe similar to Native Americans, takes the protective signet that the Childlike Princess gives to him and sets off to find a human child, which can only be found beyond the bounds of Fantasia. To his astonishment, as Bastian reads the book and the many adventures, challenges and dangers and Atreyu faces, Bastian slowly begins to realize whom Atreyu and the Childlike Princess are actually seeking.

With imaginative characters, good cinematography & special effects and an endearing & well-written story, "The Neverending Story" is a wonderful and engaging film that not only captures Bastian's imagination in the story, but the audience's imagination as well. Other memorable characters in the film include Teeny Weeny (Deep Roy), Night Hob (Tilo Prückner), Cairon (Moses Gunn), Engywook (Sydney Bromley), Urgl (Patricia Hayes), Falkor (voice of Alan Oppenheimer), Rock Biter, the Racing Snail and the Bat. Overall, I rate "The Neverending Story" with 5 out of 5 stars and very highly recommend it to both young & old alike. It's a wonderful film that can be watched time and again without becoming tiresome. Sadly, the film's two sequels (produced in 1990 & 1994) were far less memorable. Other films directed by Wolfgang Petersen include "Das Boot" (1981), "Enemy Mine" (1985), "The Perfect Storm" (2000) and "Troy" (2004).
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Showing 1-8 of 8 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 2, 2009 2:29:18 PM PDT
Caleb Smith says:
Great review. But it's the "Childlike Empress", not princess...

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 2:12:53 PM PDT
Strategos says:
I don't normally comment on errors, but his review has quiet a few (non-grammatical). The is from 1984, not 1994. Bastian is harassed by the bullies BEFORE he goes to school. Bastian does not try to buy the book. Bastian goes to the attic to avoid taking a math test, not to run from his tormentors. The Empress is only referred to as "The Childlike Empress" in the book, and never in the film. Nowhere is she ever called a Princess. I hate it when people correct my errors, so I hope you don't my criticism too much.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 3:04:58 PM PDT
Robert Keith says:
dont you mean 1984?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2011 9:31:25 AM PDT
Everything Strategos said

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:46:59 AM PST
I'm not trying to be argumentative, Strategos, but I've always thought of her as "The Childlike Empress." This has been one of my favorite movies since childhood, and I didn't read the book until a couple of years ago. Surely they mentioned "Childlike Empress" somewhere in the film... I honestly can't remember, but I've always called her that! Now I have an excuse to order the blu-ray and watch it again, huh?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2012 10:42:13 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2012 11:14:05 AM PDT
Usuallee says:
Hey deputy d-bag:

No reason for name calling dude. Strategos was merely (politely I thought)pointing out that the original review was riddled with factual errors.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 1:51:22 PM PST
Thank you for a very comprehensive review.
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