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The NeverEnding Story

US DVD cover
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Produced by Bernd Eichinger
Dieter Geissler
Written by Michael Ende (novel)
Wolfgang Petersen
Herman Weigel
Starring Noah Hathaway
Barret Oliver
Tami Stronach
Patricia Hayes
Sydney Bromley
Gerald McRaney
Moses Gunn
Music by Klaus Doldinger
Giorgio Moroder
Cinematography Jost Vacano
Editing by Jane Seitz
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date(s) Flag of West Germany April 6, 1984
Flag of the United States July 20, 1984
Running time 94 minutes
(english version)
102 minutes
(german version)
Country West Germany
Language English
Budget US$27,000,000 (est)
Followed by The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter
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The NeverEnding Story (German: Die Unendliche Geschichte) is the 1984 film adaptation of the German fantasy novel by Michael Ende. The production was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starred Barret Oliver as Bastian Balthazar Bux (named only "Bastian Bux" in the movie), Noah Hathaway as Atreyu, and Tami Stronach as The Childlike Empress. The Neverending Story (German: ) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in Germany in 1979. ... Image File history File links Tnes. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ... Bernd Eichinger (born 11 April 1949) is a German film producer and director. ... Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (November 12, 1929 - August 29, 1995) was a German writer of fantasy novels and childrens books. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ... Herman Weigel (* 22 Mar 1959 in Moers) is a German film producer and script writer. ... Noah L. Hathaway (born November 13, 1971) is an American film actor, whose roles included Boxey in the original Battlestar Galactica, and Atreyu in The Neverending Story. ... Barret Spencer Oliver (born August 24, 1973) is an American former child actor and currently works as a photographer. ... Stronach as the Childlike Empress Tamara Stronach (born July 31, 1972) is a dancer and choreographer, and has worked as an actress. ... Patricia Hayes, CBE (born Patricia Lawlor Hayes on December 22, 1909 in Camberwell; died September 19, 1998 in London) was a British-born comedy actress of Irish Catholic extraction. ... Sydney Bromley was a prolific English film actor. ... Gerald McRaney Gerald Mac McRaney (born August 19, 1948, Collins, Mississippi, although some sources indicate 1947) is an American television and movie actor of Scottish and Choctaw Indian ancestry. ... Moses Gunn (October 2, 1929 – December 16, 1993) was an American actor. ... Klaus Doldinger 2004 Klaus Doldinger (born 12 May 1936) is a German saxophonist, especially well-known for jazz and as a composer of film music. ... Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ... Jost Vacano (* March 15, 1940) is a German cinematographer and director of photography. ... Warner Bros. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... The Neverending Story (German: ) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in Germany in 1979. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (November 12, 1929 - August 29, 1995) was a German writer of fantasy novels and childrens books. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ... Barret Spencer Oliver (born August 24, 1973) is an American former child actor and currently works as a photographer. ... Bastian Balthazar Bux is the main character from Michael Endes novel The Neverending Story and the subsequent motion picture series based on the novel. ... Noah L. Hathaway (born November 13, 1971) is an American film actor, whose roles included Boxey in the original Battlestar Galactica, and Atreyu in The Neverending Story. ... This article is about the character. ... Stronach as the Childlike Empress Tamara Stronach (born July 31, 1972) is a dancer and choreographer, and has worked as an actress. ... The Neverending Story (Die Unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in 1979. ...

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Plot summary

Bastian (Barret Oliver) is a young boy and a frequent daydreamer, much to the dismay of his father (Gerald McRaney). On his way to school he is spotted by three bullies, who throw him in a dumpster in an alley. When he emerges from the container, the bullies chase him again and he hides in a bookstore. He meets an old man , Mr. Koreander, reading a book. When Bastian asks to read the book ("The Neverending Story"), the man replies that the book is "not safe". Ignoring his warnings, Bastian borrows the book without telling Mr. Koreander and heads for school, only to realize he is late for class. He heads upstairs to the school's large, abandoned upper floor, where he starts to read the book. Barret Spencer Oliver (born August 24, 1973) is an American former child actor and currently works as a photographer. ... Gerald McRaney Gerald Mac McRaney (born August 19, 1948, Collins, Mississippi, although some sources indicate 1947) is an American television and movie actor of Scottish and Choctaw Indian ancestry. ...

Two beings of Fantasia
Two beings of Fantasia

The story of the book starts with fantastic creatures in the world of Fantasia discovering that a strange force called "The Nothing" is starting to take over their world and make things disappear. The group consists of Teeny Weeny and his racing snail, a Nighthob and his "stupid" bat, and a giant Rockbiter. They make their way to see the Empress of Fantasia at the Ivory Tower and ask her for help. Unfortunately, the Empress is deathly ill. The Empress has summoned a great warrior from a tribe of the Plains People named "Atreyu." Atreyu (Noah Hathaway) arrives, and is given a magical medallion called the Auryn, which acts as both a guide and a symbol of the Empress' authority in requesting assistance. Atreyu begins his journey with his horse, Artax. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Fantastica is the fantasy land in the book The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. ... For other uses, see Snail (disambiguation). ... This article is about the character. ... Noah L. Hathaway (born November 13, 1971) is an American film actor, whose roles included Boxey in the original Battlestar Galactica, and Atreyu in The Neverending Story. ... Auryn is the amulet from The Neverending Story, which guided and protected Atreyu. ... This article is about authority as a concept. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The horse (Equus caballus, sometimes seen as a subspecies of the Wild Horse, Equus ferus caballus) is a large odd-toed ungulate mammal, one of ten modern species of the genus Equus. ...


The Nothing has summoned a wolf-vampire called the Gmork to kill Atreyu during his journey. Atreyu is trudging through the Swamps of Sadness in an effort to find Morla, a wise being who can assist him. On his way through the swamps, Artax is overcome by depression and sadness, and begins to sink to his doom. Artax drowns in the swamps, leaving Atreyu heartbroken and alone. He finds Morla, a giant turtle-like creature. After reading a description of Morla in the book, Bastian screams - a scream which is then heard quite clearly by both Morla and Atreyu, who look around the swamp in confusion. Gmork is a fictional villainous character from Michael Endes The Neverending Story. ... For other uses, see Turtle (disambiguation). ...


Morla claims not to know how to help the Empress, but to know who would know: The Southern Oracle. Atreyu leaves Morla and continues through the swamps. He lets the sadness take him and starts to sink. The Gmork is nearly upon him at this point, but Atreyu escapes when a flying white creature swoops down from the sky and picks him up just before he passes out. Atreyu awakens and finds his life was saved by Falkor, a flying luckdragon who resembles a dragon but has a canine head. Falkor has flown Atreyu almost all of the way to the Southern Oracle. Falkor's caretakers - two old gnomes named Engywook and Urgl - give Atreyu advice on crossing the last lengths to the Southern Oracle. The Southern Oracle is a fictional character created by Michael Ende in his book The Neverending Story. ... Luckdragons (Glücksdrachen) are a fictional dragon species featured in Michael Endes novel The Neverending Story (Die unendliche Geschichte). Only one luckdragon by the name of Fuchur (Falkor in English translations) appears in the book (although five others are mentioned in passing); nevertheless, it is described with precision and... This article is about the mythical creature. ... The Southern Oracle is a fictional character created by Michael Ende in his book The Neverending Story. ...

Falkor the luckdragon
Falkor the luckdragon

Atreyu must first pass by the Sphinxes. Those who cross with fear at heart will be killed by the Sphinxes. He makes a mad dash for the other side and avoids the Sphinxes' attacks. He then trudges through a snowstorm to the Magic Mirror Gate, where he sees a true version of himself in the reflection - a version of himself designed to terrify him. When Atreyu looks into the mirror, he actually sees a young boy reading a book in a school. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Sphinx (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Fear (disambiguation). ... The heart and lungs, from an older edition of Grays Anatomy. ...


Bastian reads this and realizes the book is describing himself. When Bastian continues reading, Atreyu walks into the mirror and crosses through. Finally, Atreyu reaches the Southern Oracle, whose two faces begin to crumble as they tell Atreyu what he must do: To save the Childlike Empress, he must give her a new name. The only person who can tell him this new name is a human child, who can only be found outside the boundaries of Fantasia. Atreyu runs back to Falkor, who then flies him around Fantasia looking for its boundaries so he can find a human child. The Childlike Empress is an important character in the 1979 Michael Ende novel, Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story). ... For other uses, see Name (disambiguation). ... Fantastica is the fantasy land in the book The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. ...


Atreyu falls off Falkor into the Sea of Possibilities and loses the Auryn. He awakens on a beach with the Nothing not far away. Atreyu walks in sorrow to a stone garden not far away. He briefly encounters the Rockbiter, who reveals his friends were taken by the Nothing and decides he will be taken too. On the walls, Atreyu sees a pictoral story of himself, from his moments at the Ivory Tower to the present. Atreyu then meets the Gmork, who explains that he is the "servant of the power behind the Nothing." The Gmork does not recognize Atreyu, as he never saw the boy up close, and Atreyu is no longer wearing the Auryn. Gmork tells him that Fantasia is actually the dream world of human beings. Because thoughts and dreams have no boundaries, neither does Fantasia. The Nothing is a product of human apathy and despair, which "eat away" the dreams and goals of humanity. Only one brave young boy could have saved Fantasia - a warrior named Atreyu, whom Gmork lost after tracking him to the Swamps of Sadness. Atreyu reveals his identity and picks up a sharp slab of stone, challenging Gmork to a battle. Gmork charges Atreyu and slashes him, but is impaled on the stone. The Nothing begins to enter the area and tear the world apart; Falkor arrives at the last moment and saves him with the Auryn. Personification of thought (Greek Εννοια) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ... Dreaming is the subjective experience of imaginary images, sounds/voices, thoughts or sensations during sleep, usually involuntarily. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Despair in common usage is the condition of having abandoned hope. ... Look up Identity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

The Childlike Empress and Atreyu
The Childlike Empress and Atreyu

Falkor and Atreyu are flying around the emptiness of space, as the rest of Fantasia is gone. With the guide of the Auryn, they fly back to the Ivory Tower. Atreyu goes inside the tower and comes face to face with The Childlike Empress (Tami Stronach). The Empress tells him that he has not failed, and has indeed brought a human child with him. The Empress begins to tell of the human child, who escaped bullies in a bookstore, then accompanied Atreyu on his journey all along. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the idea of space. ... Auryn is the amulet from The Neverending Story, which guided and protected Atreyu. ... The Neverending Story (Die Unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in 1979. ... Stronach as the Childlike Empress Tamara Stronach (born July 31, 1972) is a dancer and choreographer, and has worked as an actress. ...


As Bastian reads the story of Atreyu's journey, he realizes the book is aware of his presence. The Empress reiterates that all Fantasia needs is for the human child to give her a new name. As the Ivory Tower starts to fall apart and Atreyu is knocked out in the ensuing chaos, the Empress tearfully addresses Bastian by name in the book's text. Torn between his father's insistence that he must live in the real world and the Empress's plea, Bastian finally runs to the nearest open window, and screams the name "Moonchild" out into the night. This article is about the time of day. ...


Bastian then appears standing with the Empress, who says that all of Fantasia was destroyed by The Nothing, whereas Bastian's bravery helped one grain of sand from the dream survive. With this one grain of sand, Bastian can rebuild the entire world through wishes and imagination. Bastian wishes for Fantasia's restoration, and for a ride on the back of Falkor. He flies over the land, finding all its citizens alive and well, including Atreyu and Artax. As he and Falkor fly into the city, they successfully scare one of the bullies from the beginning into falling in a pile of garbage and the other two into a dumpster. For other uses, see Sand (disambiguation). ... Imagination is accepted as the innate ability and process to invent partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. ...


Main Characters

  • Bastian Balthazar Bux: A young boy with a large imagination. He takes the Neverending Story from Mr. Koreander's bookstore and reads it. He is soon revealed to be the key to save Fantasia.
  • Atreyu: The main protagonist in the Neverending Story. Atreyu is from the Plains People, despite originating differently from the novel. He and his horse Artax are sent to search for a cure to the Empress' illness. He is protected by the Auryn.
  • Childlike Empress: The ruler of Fantasia, the Empress has fallen deathly ill due to the presence of the Nothing. Atreyu is sent to find a cure for her.
  • Falkor: A Luckdragon who saves Atreyu from the Gmork in the Swamps of Sadness and becomes his friend and companion. Falkor has a very upbeat and cheerful personality, even in the darkest of times.
  • Gmork: A wolf-like monster who hunts Atreyu to prevent him from stopping the Nothing. He eventually meets Atreyu but is impaled by a sharp rock and dies.
  • The Nothing: A dark mysterious force that is destroying Fantasia. It is made from the misery of those with no hopes and no dreams. The only way it can be destroyed is if the Empress receives a new name from an Earthling Child.
  • Mr. Koreander: The librarian who Bastian meets. He forbids Bastian from taking the Neverending Story, Bastian takes it anyway, leaving a promise that it will be returned safely.
  • The Rockbiter: A large giant seemingly made of stone. He loves eating rocks and becomes a companion to Teeny Weeny and the Nighthob. He fails to save them from the Nothing and waits to be taken too. His name, in the original book, is Pyornkrachzark.
  • Teeny Weeny and the Nighthob: A pair of travellers along with their racing snail and narcoleptic bat. They travel with the Rockbiter to the Ivory Tower. Teeny Weeny is a friendly man who believes that size doesn't matter, while the Nighthob has a grouchy attitude and believes a lot of people are nutcases.
  • Carion: A servant of the Empress who gives Atreyu his quest and the Auryn.
  • Morla the Ancient One: A giant turtle disguised as a large hill in the Swamps of Sadness. Morla, despite being rather selfish, gives Atreyu advice on his quest.
  • Engywook and Urgl: A pair of gnomes who are Falkor's guardians. Engywook is a researcher on the Southern Oracle, while his wife somewhat of a witch who makes odd brews for the ill. They have an uneasy marriage.
  • The Southern Oracle: An ancient oracle character who can only be reached by passing through its judgmental gates. It reveals how to save Fantasia to Atreyu before falling to pieces and dying.
  • Mr. Bux: Bastian's widowed father, who worries for Bastian's childish behaviour.
  • Bullies: Three cruel bullies who dislike Bastian. Their pursuits of him lead to his adventures. Bastian eventually takes revenge with the help of an amused Falkor.

Bastian Balthazar Bux is the main character from Michael Endes novel The Neverending Story and the subsequent motion picture series based on the novel. ... This article is about the character. ... The Childlike Empress is an important character in the 1979 Michael Ende novel, Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story). ... Luckdragons (Glücksdrachen) are a fictional dragon species featured in Michael Endes novel The Neverending Story (Die unendliche Geschichte). Only one luckdragon by the name of Fuchur (Falkor in English translations) appears in the book (although five others are mentioned in passing); nevertheless, it is described with precision and... Gmork is a fictional villainous character from Michael Endes The Neverending Story. ... This article is about the legendary creature. ... For other uses, see Hope (disambiguation). ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... For other uses, see Narcolepsy (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Turtle (disambiguation). ... The Southern Oracle is a fictional character created by Michael Ende in his book The Neverending Story. ... This article is about prophetic oracles in various cultures. ...

Production notes

This film adaptation only covered the first half of the book. The majority of the movie was filmed in Germany, except for Barret Oliver's scenes, which were shot in Canada. It was Germany's highest budgeted film of the time. The novel's author, Michael Ende, felt that this adaptation's content deviated so far from his book that he requested they either halt production or change the name; when they did neither, he sued them and subsequently lost the case.[1] He did succeed in having his name removed from the opening credits, although his name does appear in the closing.


Music

Music for the movie was composed by Klaus Doldinger of the German jazz group Passport. The theme song to the American version of the film was composed by Giorgio Moroder with lyrics by Keith Forsey, and performed by Limahl, lead singer of Kajagoogoo. This song, along with other "techno-pop" treatments to the soundtrack are not present in the German version of the film, which features Doldinger's orchestra-only score exclusively. Klaus Doldinger 2004 Klaus Doldinger (born 12 May 1936) is a German saxophonist, especially well-known for jazz and as a composer of film music. ... NeverEnding Story is the title song from the American version of the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story, performed by Limahl, lead singer of Kajagoogoo. ... Giorgio Moroder (born Giovanni Giorgio Moroder on April 26, 1940 in Ortisei, Italy) is an Academy Award-winning Italian record producer, songwriter and performer, whose groundbreaking work with synthesizers during the 1970s was a significant influence on new wave, techno and electronic music in general. ... Keith Forsey (born on January 22, 1948 in London, England, UK) // In 1988 Keith Forsey won the ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) Shared with: Harold Faltermeyer Bob Seger In 1984, Keith Forsey won an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song... Image:Tobias regner lim. ... Kajagoogoo were a British pop band best known for their first single, Too Shy, which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and number five in the U.S Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. ...


The theme song performed by Limahl was released as a single in 1984, it peaked at #4 in the UK singles chart and at #6 in the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The American theme song has been covered by The Birthday Massacre, Creamy, Dragonland, New Found Glory and violinist/singer Omar Lopez. NeverEnding Story is the title song from the American version of the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story, performed by Limahl, lead singer of Kajagoogoo. ... The Birthday Massacre is a Rock band, based in Toronto, Canada. ... Creamy were a Danish teen-pop duo, composed of Rebekka Mathew and Rannva Joensen. ... Dragonland is a symphonic power metal musical group from Sweden. ... // New Found Glory (formerly A New Found Glory) is an American pop punk band that formed in 1997 in Coral Springs, Florida, and is currently based in California. ...


The American rock band Bayside have used quotes from the film as titles of their songs. Such examples include 'They look like strong hands' and 'They're not horses, they're unicorns'. Bayside is an American rock band signed to Victory Records from Bayside, New York that has released three full-length albums. ...


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