The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding Story

Wolfgang Petersen (1984)

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German director Wolfgang Petersen is now perhaps best known for action-packed blockbusters like Air Force One and Troy. Here, in his first English-language movie, he proves to be equally at home in the world of fantasy. In the first and best of the series, Barret Oliver plays Bastian, the young boy drawn by a magical book into a wondrous alternative world that is threatened by evil forces. The story is a touch simplistic, but Petersen's direction is assured and children will be dazzled by the imaginative effects and stunning sets.


A lonely boy, neglected by his father and bullied at school, finds comfort in a mysterious book about a young hero's quest to save his world from destruction. However, as he reads the tale, he begins to become part of the story. Fantasy adventure based on Michael Edne's novel, starring Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Gerald McRaney, Moses Gunn and Patricia Hayes.

Cast & Crew

Atreyu Noah Hathaway
Bastian Barret Oliver
Childlike empress Tami Stronach
Cairon Moses Gunn
Urgl Patricia Hayes
Bastian's father Gerald McRaney
Koreander Thomas Hill
Teeny Weeny Deep Roy
Night Hob Tilo Prückner
Engywook Sydney Bromley
Bully Drum Garrett
Bully Darryl Cooksey
Bully Nicholas Gilbert
Director Wolfgang Petersen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's