Wolfgang Petersen adapted Michael Ende's children's story for this charming fantasy film that spawned several sequels. Bastian (Barret Oliver) is dealing with his mother's recent death. His father (Gerald McRaney) is an imperious sort who continually lambastes Bastian for daydreaming and falling behind in school. On top of his father's badgering, ...
Wolfgang Petersen adapted Michael Ende's children's story for this charming fantasy film that spawned several sequels. Bastian (Barret Oliver) is dealing with his mother's recent death. His father (Gerald McRaney) is an imperious sort who continually lambastes Bastian for daydreaming and falling behind in school. On top of his father's badgering, he has to contend with a bunch of school bullies waiting for him in the schoolyard. One day he decides to play hooky and walks into a strange bookstore, where in the attic, he discovers a book called "The Neverending Story". As Bastian reads the book, he's enveloped in the unfolding tale. A sickly child-like empress (Tami Stronach) from a land called Fantasia is concerned about who will take over the land if she dies. She decides it is best for Fantasia if she remains alive, so she dispatches a young warrior named Atreju (Noah Hathaway) to find a cure for the empress's malady. It turns out the land is consumed with a plague called The Nothing, generated by blighted dreams and hopeless fantasies. As Atreju continues onward to search for a cure for The Nothing, he encounters an assortment of strange creatures. Bastian is so consumed with the tale that he finds himself catapulted into the land of Fantasia himself. Atreju realizes that the only way to save the land from its blight is with the help of this strange earth boy, Bastian. Paul Brenner, Rovi
Thomas Hill, Gerald Mcraney, Patricia Hayes, Moses Gunn, Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway. Good. 2001 Run time: 92. Customer service is our top priority! The item or packaging may have identifying markings from its owner or show limited signs of wear. Digital copies may or may not be present.
Alan Oppenheimer, Thomas Hill, Sydney Bromley, Gerald Mcraney, Patricia Hayes, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Barret Oliver, Noah... Good. 2001 Run time: 92. Connecting viewers with great movies since 1972. All used discs are inspected and guaranteed. Used discs may not include digital content. Customer service is our top priority!
Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Gerald McRaney, Drum Garrett. 1984 Run time: 102. Used. Very Good. A disc that is in great condition; no scratches or scuffs, and no obvious damage to the cover art and inserts.
TITLE: The Neverending Story
GENRE: Children's Fantasy
CAST: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Alan Oppenheimer, Thomas Hill and Gerald McRaney
PLOT: If no one is paying attention to the story, the world, held substantial by a magical tome, will disappear into the Nothing. Fantasia's hero (untold) is sent on a quest to find a human who is reading the book. If someone believes in the story, all is saved.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8.5 of 10; The fantasy characters are well imagined and executed through costumes, make-up and prosthetics and the completely created creatures are extremely well generated (I enjoyed the giant heads in the palace court, myself). The musical background is techno-pop.
DVD BONUS: descriptions of the Fantasia creatures (You don't know what they are, so finding out helps a little (This may be what holds the whole film from excelling, the lack of character identification during the film).
ADDED NOTES: If I tell you more and you decide to go get this movie, then it won't be my story anymore, so goodbye.