The NeverEnding Story

Synopsis: Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction.
Director(s): Wolfgang Petersen
Production: Warner Home Video
  5 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

Turn around

Look at what you see

In her face

The mirror of your dream

Make believe I'm everywhere

Hidden in the lines

Written on the pages

Is the answer to

a neverending story

Ahh, ahh, ahh

Neverending story

Ahh, ahh, ahh

Reach the stars

Fly a fantasy

Dream a dream

And what you see will be

Rhymes that keep their secrets

Will unfold behind the clouds

There upon the rainbow

Is the answer to

a neverending story

Ahh, ahh, ahh...?

Neverending story

Ahh, ahh, ahh.?

Morning, Bastian.

Morning, Dad.


I had another dream, Dad.

About Mom.

I understand, son.

But we have to get on

with things, right?

Bastian, we each have


We can't let Mom's death...

.. be an excuse for not

getting the old job done, right?


Son, I think it's time

you and I had a little talk.

I got a call from your

math teacher yesterday.

She says that you were drawing

horses in your math book.

Unicorns. They were unicorns.



She also says you haven't been

turning in your homework on time.

And I'm very disappointed you didn't

try out for the swimming team.

As to those riding lessons

you wanted, you say you love horses

and yet you seem to be afraid

to get on a real one.

Now, Bastian, you're old enough to

get your head down out of the clouds

and start keeping both feet

on the ground, right?


Stop daydreaming...

start facing your problems.




There, I think we've had a nice talk.

We should have more.

You have a good day, son.

Don't be late for school again.

But yesterday I wasn't.

Hey, it's the weirdo.

Hey, weirdo,

got any cash for us today?

Let's get him!



You're dead, weirdo!

You can't get away, you jerk!

You're dead, chicken!

We're gonna get you!

Where's your money, man?

I don't have any!

No money?

Mama's boy's holding out on us.

If you ain't got no money on ya,

you can go in the garbage can.


Yeah, alright!

Way to go!

Maybe the chicken

can lay an egg in there.

Hey, who said you could

get out of the garbage?

Get back in there!

No, not again.

No, not again!

Where do you think you're going?!

He went that way!

Which way?

That way!

Get outta here!

I don't like kids.

Are you still here?

Didn't you hear me?

Um... I was...

You're hiding, aren't you?

No, I was just...

The video arcade is down the street.

Here we just sell small rectangular

objects. They're called books.

They require a little effort on

your part and make no b-b-b-b-beeps.

On your way, please.

I know books.

I have 186 of them at home.

Ah... comic books.

No, I've read 'Treasure Island',

'The Last of the Mohicans',

'Wizard of Oz', 'Lord of the Rings',

'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea',


Whoa, whoa, whoa.


Who were you running away from?

Um... just some kids from school.


They wanna throw me in the garbage.

Why don't you give 'em

a good punch in the nose? Hmm?

Well... I don't know.

What's that book about?

Oh, this is something special.

Well, what is it?

Look, your books are safe.

By reading them you get to become

Tarzan or Robinson Crusoe.

But that's what I like about them.

Ah, but afterwards you get to be

a little boy again.

What... what do you mean?


.. have you ever been Captain Nemo,

trapped inside your submarine

while the giant squid

is attacking you?


Weren't you afraid

you couldn't escape?

But it's only a story.

That's what I'm talking about.

The ones you read are safe.

And that one isn't?

Don't worry about it.

But... but you just said it was...

Forget about it.

This book is not for you.


Oh, yes. What can I do for you?

No, I don't have it.

But I can find it for you.

Well... their run may be 300, 375.

Might take me a couple of weeks.


Math test. Oh, no.

"It was midnight

in the Howling Forest.

"The wind whistled through the tops

of the ancient trees.

"Suddenly, something enormous

"crashed and rumbled

through the eerie woods. "

What's that?


Excuse me. Would it be alright

if I joined you this evening?

You see, I've been traveling all day.


Mm. Mm.


Now I see why you picked this camp.


Oh... oh...

Oh. Oh, no!


A delicious-looking limestone rock.

Mm. Mm. Mm.

Nice bouquet.

Must be a real vintage year.

Yes, you are right.

Those delicious rocks are the reason

we camped here, alright.

Is he... zzt... a nut case?

No, he's a rock biter.

A rock bi... A rock biter?!



Oops. Sorry.

Poor baby.

Pardon me. Mm... that was Limestone

with a dash of quartz.

Very tasty.

Where I come from

in the north

we used to have exquisite

gourmet rocks.

Only now... now...

.. they're all gone.

I know how it happened.

Ooh! I... I swear it wasn't me.

Ha! No.

I think I know what it was.

Tell us more.

Near my home, there used to be

a beautiful lake.

But then... then it... it was gone.

Did the Lake dry up?

No, it just wasn't there anymore.

Nothing was there anymore.

Not even a dried-up Lake.

A hole?

A hole would be something.

No, it was nothing.

And it got bigger and bigger.

First, there was no Lake anymore,

and then finally... no rocks.

If he keeps stuffing his face

like that

soon there won't be

any rocks here either.

Night Hob, this could be serious!

Rock Biter, what you have told us

is also happening

where I live in the west.

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Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen (born 14 March 1941) is a German film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for the World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot (1981). His other films include The NeverEnding Story (1984), Enemy Mine (1985), In the Line of Fire (1993), Outbreak (1995), Air Force One (1997), The Perfect Storm (2000), Troy (2004), and Poseidon (2006). more…

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