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The Neverending Story Details


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

  • Release date:July 20, 1984


Noah Hathaway
as Atreyu
Barret Oliver
as Bastian
Tami Stronach
as Childlike empress
Moses Gunn
as Cairon
Patricia Hayes
as Urgl
Sydney Bromley
as Engywook
Gerald McRaney
as Bastian's Father
Deep Roy
as Teeny Weeny
Thomas Hill
as Koreander
Tilo Prückner
as Night Hob
Nicholas Gilbert
as Bully
Darryl Cooksey
as Bully
Alan Oppenheimer
as Falkor
Drum Garrett
as Bully


Wolfgang Petersen
Günter Rohrbach
Mark Damon
Bernd Eichinger
Dieter Geissler
Michael Ende
Book Author
Robert Easton
Dialogue Writer
Herman Weigel
Wolfgang Petersen
Herman Weigel
Jost Vacano
Milan Bor
Musical Direction/Supervision
Klaus Doldinger
Composer (Music Score)
Giorgio Moroder
Composer (Music Score)
Keith Forsey
Jane Seitz
Rolf Zehetbauer
Production Designer
Herbert Strabel
Art Director
Götz Weidner
Art Director
Klaus Kahler
Associate Producer
John W. Hyde
Executive Producer
Robert Gordon Edwards
Executive Producer
Mark Damon
Executive Producer
Rolf Zehetbauer
Set Designer
Diemut Remy
Costume Designer
Milan Bor
Sound/Sound Designer
Don French
First Assistant Director
Steve Archer
Harry Nap
Production Manager
Chris Price
Sound Mixer
Franz Rath
Second Unit Camera
Colin Arthur