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FINDING NEVERLAND

 
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At Theaters: 11/24/2004 On Video: 3/22/2005
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439971
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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A tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of James Barrie, the real-life author of the children’s classic Peter Pan. Set in London in 1904, the film is a fictional account of Barrie’s creative journey to bring Peter Pan to life, from his first inspiration for the story up until the play’s premiere at the Duke of York’s Theatre - a night that will change not only Barrie’s own life, but the lives of everyone close to him.
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Fantasy - THIS IS NOT ANOTHER PETER PAN MOVIE! I was reluctant to see this movie because I thought it was yet another telling of the Peter Pan story. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn't. It was instead a magical and heartwarming story of the inspiration that led to the writing of the Peter Pan story. It's a wonderfully light and clever story that has many feel-good moments and a few sad moments.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Johnny Depp SECRET WINDOW, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO
Kate Winslet ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Julie Christie NO SUCH THING, HAMLET
Dustin Hoffman I LOVE HUCKABEES, RUNAWAY JURY, CONFIDENCE
Director: Marc Forster MONSTER'S BALL
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About "Finding Neverland"
Reality Meets Imagination
Peter Pan: The Play
The Legacy of Peter Pan
J.M. Barrie's Life And Times
The Llewelyn Davies Family
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PROFANITY: None
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Just a dozen or so chuckles and about that many smiles.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Finding Neverland is best described as a "safe" movie. It does what it sets out to do, but never attempts anything risky. It is by turns tender, humorous, and touching, but it never attempts anything that would elevate it to the next level. This is solid but unspectacular entertainment, and most who see it will leave theaters satisfied, although not overwhelmed. Finding Neverland deserves a recommendation because it works on an emotional and, to a lesser degree, intellectual level.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good It is commonplace for actors to play widely differing roles, but Depp never makes it feel like a reach; all of these notes seem well within his range. 'Finding Neverland' is, finally, surprisingly moving.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 135 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
8
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
27
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
20
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100%
30+Adults (M)
17
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
50
Very High
100%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

We collected 135 moviegoer opinions. OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! The critics actually called one right this time. With nearly three-quarters rating it either "Fantastic" or "Excellent" and virtually no low opinions I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND "FINDING NEVERLAND."


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It all begins as successful Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie (DEPP) watches his latest play open to a ho-hum reaction among the polite society of Edwardian England. A literary genius of his times but bored by the same old themes, Barrie is clearly in need of some serious inspiration. Unexpectedly, he finds it one day during his daily walk with his St. Bernard Porthos in London's Kensington Gardens. There, Barrie encounters the Llewelyn Davies family: four fatherless boys and their beautiful, recently widowed mother (WINSLET).

Despite the disapproval of the boys' steely grandmother Emma du Maurier (CHRISTIE) and the resentment of his own wife (RADHA MITCHELL), Barrie befriends the family, engaging the boys in tricks, disguises, games and sheer mischief, creating play-worlds of castles and kings, cowboys and Indians, pirates and castaways. He transforms hillsides into galleon ships, sticks into mighty swords, kites into enchanted fairies and the Llewelyn Davies boys into "The Lost Boys of Neverland.”

From the sheer thrills and adventurousness of childhood will come Barrie's most daring and renowned masterwork, "Peter Pan.” At first, his theatrical company is skeptical. While his loyal producer Charles Frohman (HOFFMAN) worries he'll lose his shirt on this children's fantasy, Barrie begins rehearsals only to shock his actors with such unprecedented requests as asking them to fly across the stage, talk to fairies made out of light and don dog and crocodile costumes.

Then, just as Barrie is ready to introduce the world to "Peter Pan,” a tragic twist of fate will make the writer and those he loves most understand just what it means to really believe.

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