Showing: "The NeverEnding Story" (1984)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

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.

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