The Never Ending Story
  • Director(s)

    Wolfgang Petersen

  • Production Year

    1984

  • Genre(s)

    Adventure, Children, Fantasy

  • Approx. running minutes

    94m

  • Cast

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

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Film

The Never Ending Story

mild scary and emotional scenes
  • Director(s)

    Wolfgang Petersen

  • Production Year

    1984

  • Genre(s)

    Adventure, Children, Fantasy

  • Approx. running minutes

    94m

  • Cast

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

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THE NEVERENDING STORY is a children’s fantasy film, based on the book by Michael Ende, about a lonely boy who becomes a hero inside a magical storybook land of adventure.

Threat

The film has moments of mild scariness and threat throughout that carry the adventure along and illustrate the themes of the power of imagination, self-esteem and resourcefulness. These moments are balanced by the reassurance provided in the young lead characters prevailing against the odds, or being helped and protected by friendly, magical creatures such as the Luck Dragon.

In the land of Fantasia, the brave hero Atreyu is stalked and threatened on occasion by a snarling, talking wolf sent to stop him fulfilling his quest to save the realm from 'The Nothing'. The wolf is heard growling, and seen baring his long fangs and flashing his eyes as he hides in the shadows.

There is a potentially upsetting scene when Atreyu’s horse sinks slowly and then is lost in the Swamps of Sadness, as the hero cries and begs his friend not to give up. This emotional sequence is intercut with footage of the real life boy weeping as he reads this part of the story, which increases the intensity of the moment. The horse and his master are happily reunited at the end of the film, when the hero successfully completes his mission and saves the land.

Disturbing images

At one point there is very brief sight of the blackened face of a knight who has been killed by fantastical creatures, but the man’s metal helmet obscures almost all detail. Some younger children may also find the abstract images of ‘The Nothing’ (represented by swirling black thunderclouds) slightly unsettling.

Bad language is confined to one use of ‘jerk’, used by bullies who briefly torment the hero at the start of the film.

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The Never Ending StoryCinema94m 0sColumbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd26/06/1984
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The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming94m 0sWarner Home Video Ltd06/10/2014
The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming92m 0sWarner Home Video Ltd28/07/2008
The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming90m 0sOn Demand Management Ltd01/12/2004
The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming90m 0sWarner Home Video Ltd03/01/2002
The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming90m 0sWarner Home Video Ltd15/10/1986
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The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming1m 0sWarner Home Video Ltd26/08/2014
The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming1m 0sWarner Home Video Ltd18/06/2001
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The Neverending StoryPhysical media + VOD/Streaming94m 0sWarner Home Video Ltd26/08/2014
  • Classified date

    06/10/2014

  • BBFC reference

    EVF012828

  • Language

    English