You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Neverending Story

Wolfgang Petersen's The NeverEnding Story is a marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy.

Noah Hathaway Barret Oliver Tami Stronach Moses Gunn Patricia Hayes Sydney Bromley

Wolfgang Petersen’s The NeverEnding Story is a marvelously realized flight of pure fantasy.

With the support of top German, British and US technicians and artists plus a hefty $27 million budget (highest for any film made outside US or USSR), helmer Petersen has improved on pic’s immediate forebear, Jim Henson/Frank Oz’s 1982 The Dark Crystal, by avoiding too much unrelieved strangeness.

Film opens with a little boy, Bastian (Barret Oliver), borrowing a strange-looking book at a local bookstore and holes up in the school attic to read.

Book, titled The Neverending Story, depicts a world known as Fantasia, threatened by an advancing force called The Nothing (represented by storms) which is gradually destroying all. To save Fantasia, an ailing empress (Tami Stronach) sends for a young warrior from among the plains people, Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) to go on a quest to find a cure for her illness.

Filming at and backed by Munich’s Bavaria Studios, Story benefits from special effects technicians working overtime to create a new-look world.

The Neverending Story

W. Germany

Production: Neue Constantin. Director Wolfgang Petersen; Producer Bernd Eichinger, Dieter Geissler; Screenplay Wolfgang Petersen, Herman Weigel; Camera Jost Vacano; Editor Jane Seitz; Music Klaus Doldinger, Giorgio Moroder; Art Director Rolf Zehetbauer

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 94 MIN.

With: Noah Hathaway Barret Oliver Tami Stronach Moses Gunn Patricia Hayes Sydney Bromley

More Film

  • Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig to Undergo Ankle Surgery After 'Bond 25' Injury

    Daniel Craig will undergo ankle surgery after sustaining an injury while filming “Bond 25.” “Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica,” the franchise’s official Twitter account posted. “Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the [...]

  • Oh Mercy

    Cannes Film Review: 'Oh Mercy'

    It takes more than just watching “Oh Mercy” to understand exactly why Arnaud Desplechin was drawn to the subject matter of his latest movie, a reasonably engrossing police procedural with roots in a 2008 TV documentary. Something of an unexpected detour in the veteran director’s weighty career, the film combines multiple strands to paint a [...]

  • Spielberg's Amblin Chief Jeff Small on

    Listen: Spielberg's Amblin Chief on Making 'Movies in the Middle'

    With the sequel “A Dog’s Journey” now in theaters, Amblin Partners continues to find ways to release the kind of films that aren’t typical of what dominates American multiplexes these days. An follow-up to the 2017 surprise hit “A Dog’s Purpose,” “Journey” is just another example of the cinematic strategy evident at Amblin, the production [...]

  • I Lost My Body

    French Animation 'I Lost My Body' Tops Cannes Critics' Week Winners

    “I Lost My Body,” a dark French animated film from writer-director Jérémy Clapin, has come up trumps in this year’s Critics’ Week program at the Cannes Film Festival, taking the strand’s top honor, the Nespresso Grand Prize. The film, which follows a young man’s severed hand as it struggles to be reunited with its own, [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Talent Agents Blast Verve Agreement With Writers Guild

    The lead negotiator for Hollywood’s talent agencies has again blasted the Writers Guild and its recent agreement with the Verve agency — and cautioned other agencies against following suit. Verve defected from the major agencies on May 16 when it became the first sizable Hollywood talent agency to sign the WGA’s Code of Conduct. That [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content