The NeverEnding Story (movie)

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The NeverEnding Story
Directed byWolfgang Petersen
Screenplay by
Based on
Produced byBernd Eichinger
Dieter Geissler
CinematographyJost Vacano
Edited byJane Seitz
Music byKlaus Doldinger
Giorgio Moroder
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release dates
  • April 6, 1984 (1984-04-06) (West Germany)
  • July 20, 1984 (1984-07-20) (USA)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountriesWest Germany
United States
BudgetDM 60 million (~US$25–27 million)
Box officeUS$100 million

The NeverEnding Story (German: Die Unendliche Geschichte) is a 1984 English-language West German fantasy movie co-written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is based on the 1979 novel The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.

It stars Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver, Tami Stronach, Patricia Hayes, Sydney Bromley, Gerald McRaney and Moses Gunn, with Alan Oppenheimer. It is about a boy finds a magical book about a young warrior who is given the job of stopping the Nothing, a dark force, from destroying the wonderland world of Fantasia.

When the movie came out, it was the most expensive movie produced outside the United States or the Soviet Union. The movie was the first in The NeverEnding Story movie series.[2] Two more movies were made, The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990) and The NeverEnding Story III: Escape from Fantasia (1994).

The NeverEnding Story theme song was recorded by Limahl.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "THE NEVER ENDING STORY (U)". British Board of Film Classification. 26 June 1984.
  2. "The Neverending Story Review". Variety. December 31, 1983.
  3. Pingitore, Silvia (2020-05-28). "Interview with Limahl about The NeverEnding Story". Retrieved 2023-07-02.