Professor Pfinklepfunder's $1 Sunday Family Films
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
With Barrett Oliver, Gerald McRaney, Noah Hathaway
Rated PG, 102 minutes, BluRay
This mid-1980s children's epic film was based on a book of the same name. Its author, Michael Ende, said the adaptation was a "gigantic melodrama of kitsch, commerce, plush and plastic." He forgot to add it has a sizzling theme song by Limahl.
An outcast schoolboy, Bastian (Barrett Oliver), evades bullies both figuratively and literally with a bookstore. Advised against reading a massive epic entitled The NeverEnding Story, Bastian steals the book and stows away in an attic to read it, in a device similar to The Princess Bride. Soon, we are immersed in Fantastica as a young boy, Atreyu (Noah Hathaway), quests to save his world against The Nothing with the help of his luckdragon buddy Falkor.
Sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.