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  • Dustin Hoffman's three children make appearances in the movie. His youngest son, Max Hoffman played five-year-old Peter Pan. His daughter, Rebecca Hoffman played Jane in the play at the beginning of the movie, and his oldest son, Jake Hoffman played a little league player in Jack's baseball game.
  • Sir James M. Barrie, at the end of the novel "Peter and Wendy", says that Wendy had a granddaughter, named Margaret, not Moira. However, he has Wendy give her full name as "Wendy Moira Angela Darling".
  • When the Bannings fly to England, the pilot's voice is that of Dustin Hoffman (Captain Hook) - "This is your captain speaking..."
  • As Granny Wendy (Dame Maggie Smith) leaves the nursery (before the kids are taken) she recites a prayer ("Nightlights, watch over my sleeping babes..." et cetera) from the play "Peter and Wendy".
  • Bob Hoskins (Smee) bought beer for three hundred plus extras after a lengthy and complicated scene was cut.
  • (Director Cameo) Steven Spielberg: Leads the pirates in march onto Hook's ship with Jack's watch on a pillow.
  • Because Tinkerbell was often in the air, Julia Roberts had an assistant whose sole responsibility was cleaning her feet.
  • Julia Roberts was nicknamed "Tinker Hell" because she was difficult to deal with, a reaction to her working conditions of solitude and greenscreen.
  • When Hook enters Wendy's home to kidnap the children, just as Nana the dog is shown, she can be heard barking before waking Tootles. It's possible to hear Nana barking "woof! woof! hoof! hoof! HOOK!" To which Toodles then awakes and starts to say "Hook".
  • Jack was the name of one of the boys for whom author Sir J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan (and later of whom became the adopted father). The five boys were George, Jack, Nicholas, Peter, and Michael Davies.
  • Dustin Hoffman appeared in two movies about Peter Pan, this movie and Finding Neverland (2004). Following his appearance in this movie, close friend and former roommate Gene Hackman began calling him "Hook" as a joke. The name stuck, and his contemporaries call him by that nickname to this day.
  • The names of the original Lost Boys (Slightly, Curly, Nibs, Tootles, and Twins) appear on the door to Wendy's house.
  • Steven Spielberg admitted to being disappointed with final result of the movie. He had such a hard time working with the rebellious crew of young actors that he later said, only somewhat kiddingly, that the experience made him wonder if he wanted to have any more kids. He also felt guilty that he wasn't able to find an economical method to filming the many complex human-flight sequences in this movie. However, after Robin Williams's death, Spielberg says he is now thankful he made this movie, as that was how he met Williams and became good friends with him.
  • When Peter first sees Tinkerbell in the nursery, she crashes into the dollhouse and falls. He keeps calling her "little bug". In FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Robin Williams did Batty's voice and said this to the main character Crysta, "Oh, you're a strange little bug."
  • Carrie Fisher was Steven Spielberg's original prototype for Tinkerbell.
  • According to Frank Sanello's biography "Spielberg", Nick Castle was originally attached to direct this movie, and had been developing the screenplay for this movie for a long time. Once Steven Spielberg expressed interest in being involved, the producers (and possibly heads of the studio) quickly gave Castle a six-figure settlement, gross points, and a "screen story" credit so that he could step down and Spielberg could helm the production.
  • There are many references to the story of Peter Pan in Wendy's house: In the nursery the window clasp is in the shape of Captain Hook's hook, the wall boarders are painted scenes from the Peter Pan story, in Toodles' room is a scale model of the Jolly Roger in a bottle, Wendy's brother John's top hat and glasses, Wendy's youngest brother Michael's teddy bear, and the cabinet shaped like a pirate's face with tricorn hat.
  • Writer James V. Hart credits the inspiration for his take on this continuing Peter Pan story to his young son Jake who one day asked him what would have happened if Peter Pan grew up.
  • The kissing couple who begin to float when some fairy dust lands on them were George Lucas and Carrie Fisher in a cameo.
  • Peter clapping his hands to heal Tinkerbell was a reference to the times when Peter Pan was performed on-stage. Peter would ask the audience to clap to heal Tink. In Peter Pan (1953), the clapping was left out because Peter couldn't interact with the audience and ask them to clap for Tinkerbell.
  • Dustin Hoffman's and Robin Williams's stunt doubles were named Keith. When director Steven Spielberg called for Keith to come to the set, both Keiths showed up. Eventually, Hoffman's stunt double changed his name from Keith to Keifo.
  • In 1985, composer John Williams and lyricist Leslie Bricusse worked on "Hook" as a stage musical. The project was scrapped after about ten songs were written. Only one song from the play, "When You're Alone", made it to this movie. However, many of the play's themes appeared in Williams' incidental music.
  • Robin Williams's upper body and arms were shaved for his role.
  • Director Trademark: [father] "Old" Peter doesn't pay attention to his kids.
  • Several lines in the dialogue are direct homages to the Sir J.M. Barrie book. Amongst them are: "When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousands pieces and they went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies." In this movie, this is recited by Granny Wendy (Dame Maggie Smith) and Maggie Banning (Amber Scott). In the book, it is spoken by Peter to Wendy. (Chapter 3: Come Away, Come Away!) "I can't come with you. I have forgotten how to fly. I'm old, Peter. Ever so much more than twenty. I grew up a long time ago." The line is spoken by an aged Wendy to Peter (Robin Williams) in this movie and the book. "Strike, Peter. Strike true." In this movie, this is spoken by a defeated Hook to Peter. In the book, it is spoken by a guilty Tootles to Peter in Chapter 6: The Little House. When Peter and his family arrive in London at the start of this movie, Peter tells his Children "first impressions are the most important". In the book, Peter tells the Lost Boys "Look your best, first impressions are awfully important" when they first enter the house they built for Wendy in Chapter 6: The little House. When Peter confronts Captain James Hook (Dustin Hoffman) for the final battle at the end of this movie, Hook says: "Peter Pan, prepare to meet thy doom." "Dark and sinister man, have at thee." This exchange is almost directly lifted from the book, Chapter 15: Hook or Me This Time, the original line being: "Proud and insolent youth, prepare to meet thy doom." "Dark and sinister man, have at thee." During the duel between Peter and Captain Hook, Hook says "Thus perished Peter Pan". This is a flip of the original line "Thus perished Jas. Hook", which is from Chapter 15: Hook or Me This Time. Peter's line in the movie "to live will be an awfully big adventure" refers to a line in the book where Hook says: "to die will be an awfully big adventure" in Chapter 8: the Mermaid's Lagoon. This line from the book is also reflected in the scene where Captain Hook tries to commit suicide when he tells Mr. Smee (Bob Hoskins) "Death may be the only big adventure I have left."
  • Tom Hanks was considered for the role of Peter Pan, which went to his late friend Robin Williams. Both men have worked with Steven Spielberg, and were/are close friends with him as well.
  • The teddy bear from Captain Hook's cabin was accidentally given to Julia Roberts by Steven Spielberg when she checked in to a hospital for nervous exhaustion. Spielberg realized his mistake the night before he was due to shoot a scene in Hook's cabin, and the prop department had to rustle up a look-alike in a few hours.
  • While Peter is on his cellphone, the children are running around him. Jack stands in front of a light which makes his shadow grow large against the wall. The shadow is right next to Peter while he is on the phone. This is a reference to Peter Pan and his shadow.
  • Originally slated to be the premier movie for Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) in theatres, but development was delayed. SDDS premiered with Last Action Hero (1993) instead.
  • Gutless, the male bearded pirate who is locked in the "Boo Box" with scorpions, was played by Glenn Close.
  • (Cameo) Jimmy Buffett: One of the pirates who attempts to steal Peter's shoes when he first arrives in Neverland.
  • As he prepares to face Captain James Hook (Dustin Hoffman), Peter (Robin Williams) tells his Lost Boys, "It's Hook or me this time." This is the name of one of the chapters in the play, "Peter and Wendy".
  • The original "Peter Pan" included only six Lost Boys: Slightly, Tootles, Nibs, Curly, and the unnamed Twins.The unnamed twins appear in the imaginary food scene. Tootles is the elderly man who lives with Wendy.
  • There were frequent good-natured "battle of wits" exchanges between Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. In one incident, Hoffman was not happy with his performance and asked for the scene to be re-shot. Williams quipped "Try acting": a reference to the Hoffman/Sir Laurence Olivier exchange on the set of Marathon Man (1976).
  • The word "bangarang" is actually Jamaican slang for uproar, disorder, or disturbance.
  • After Peter Pan finds his kids kidnapped and he is talking with the police inspectors, the main inspector is played by the pop and rock star Phil Collins. Collins was on set for two days to film his tiny cameo. Collins expressed concern in an interview afterwards that some of this movie's publicity suggested he was starring with Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams, when he only had a small cameo, and people might think the rest of his scenes had been cut because he wasn't good enough.
  • Carrie Fisher did some uncredited re-writing on the final draft of the screenplay.
  • Steven Spielberg originally asked Sir Richard Attenborough to play Tootles. Attenborough declined, as he was directing Chaplin (1992) at the time. Spielberg cast him as Dr. John Hammond in Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
  • In the play, Captain Hook's "hook" is on his right hand. In this movie, the hook was placed on the left hand because Dustin Hoffman is right-handed.
  • David Bowie turned down the role of Captain James Hook.
  • Joseph Mazzello was considered for the role of Jack, but was turned down, being too young for the role at the time. Steven Spielberg promised him a role in a future movie, Jurassic Park (1993), as Dr. Hammond's grandson, Tim.
  • Kevin Kline was originally set to play Peter Pan, but had to drop out of this movie because of Soapdish (1991), which was having major re-shoots, re-writes, and taking much longer than expected to complete shooting.
  • Captain Hook's actual hook was largely designed by Steven Spielberg, production designer Norman Garwood, and Amblin's prop master Mark Wade. Burbank blacksmith Tony Swatton was then charged with physically crafting several versions. Some of them though were made of rubber for Dustin Hoffman's fight scenes.
  • Rebecca De Mornay, Sherilyn Fenn, and Samantha Mathis were considered for the role of Tinkerbell.
  • When Granny Wendy (Dame Maggie Smith) is telling the children about the story of Peter Pan, she is holding one of the original printings of the book. It is a first edition version which is noticeable by the olive color, and the gold gilt design on the front cover. The version was printed in 1911 as the first novelization of Peter and Wendy.
  • Steven Spielberg originally slated this movie to be a musical as a vehicle for Michael Jackson in 1983 after the latter expressed an interest in starring in it and contributing to its soundtrack. Spielberg instead decided to focus on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and shelved the project until 1989, when pre-production began.
  • This was Gwyneth Paltrow's second movie. She appears briefly as the teenage Wendy during the quick sequence as Wendy is growing up.
  • Dame Maggie Smith, being only 56 years old at the time of filming, was aged by make-up to play 92-year-old Granny Wendy.
  • Bob Hoskins reprised his role as Mr. Smee in Neverland (2011).
  • Clive Dunn was considered for the role of Tootles, upon recommendation from Dad's Army (1968) fan Robin Williams.
  • This movie originally had a shooting schedule of 76 days and a budget of $48 million, but production took longer than expected. The shooting schedule expanded to 116 days, and the budget rose to $80 million. Director Steven Spielberg blames himself for this, saying, "I began to work at a slower pace than I usually do."
  • As revealed in a June 1990 draft of the screenplay, with Nick Castle as the director, Peter Banning was originally thirty-five years old, Moira was in her early thirties, Jack was eleven, Maggie was five, and Granny Wendy was ninety-two. In the finalized draft, when Steven Spielberg took over the position of director, Peter and Moira became forty-year-olds, as it is revealed in this movie that Peter met and fell in love with Moira when they were both thirteen, and Maggie became a seven-year-old in order to match Amber Scott's real-life age. Jack's and Granny Wendy's ages remained the same.
  • One of very few movies whose 70mm prints kept the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio (letterboxed within the 70mm 2.20:1 frame), instead of simply being cropped to 2.20:1, as was done with most widescreen movies blown up to 70mm.
  • The shot in which the Captain's hook is fitted to his arm for the first time had to be done in one take as the flicker effect was achieved using rare, single use flash bulbs.
  • When Peter gets his cell phone thrown out the window and the dog goes to bury it, a fake plastic cell phone with a sticker of a number lands in the hole where the dog drops it.
  • According to Phil Collins in an interview, Dustin Hoffman was so meticulous that he was present two months before he was actually required to film his scenes simply so that he could get immersed in the role.
  • The character of Captain Hook was inspired by Reverend John Maher, a preacher at St. George's parish in Brede, East Sussex. At first glance, Maher appeared to be a small town Reverend who happened to have a hook in place of his left hand. He told everyone he lost it in a coach accident. No one had any reason to doubt his story until a man named Smith came to town and revealed that Maher lost his left hand in his previous career as a pirate. Apparently, Maher had a pretty successful career until he decided to strand his partner, Smith, in the Caribbean, return to England, and become a man of the cloth. Smith tracked down his old friend and set out to blackmail him. The pressure was too much for Maher, and paranoia drove him mad. Sir J.M. Barrie visited Brede a few decades later. He heard the story, and the rest is history.
  • Peter and his family fly Pan Am airlines to London. Pan Am went out of business on December 4, 1991, exactly one week before this movie's release on December 11, 1991.
  • The names of Peter's children were probably not chosen at random. The name "Jack" is a common nickname for the name "John", which in the German tongue is "Hans", or "Hansel", and the name "Maggie" is a diminutive of "Margaret" which, in German, is "Gretel".
  • Dustin Hoffman based the voice of Captain Hook on that of the columnist William F. Buckley.
  • The child playing Peter Pan in the play at the beginning of the movie is actually a girl. This is an allusion to most live-action Peter Pan movies and stage plays which have a female in the title role.
  • Robin Williams became best friends with director Steven Spielberg while making this movie. Reportedly, after Williams' death, Spielberg decided to watch this movie out of rememberance, but couldn't finish it because he couldn't stop crying for several hours.
  • The cast includes six Oscar winners: Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman, Dame Maggie Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Phil Collins, and three Oscar nominees: Bob Hoskins, George Lucas, and Glenn Close.
  • (Cameo) David Crosby: In the Captain Hook intro scene, shouting "Long live the Hook!"
  • When Mr. Smee (Bob Hoskins) wakes up the Pirates using a megaphone, he shouts, "Good Morning, Neverland!" This is a reference to Robin Williams's movie Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), where he begins radio broadcasts with the same affectation throughout the movie. Also, Tootles references Dead Poets Society (1989) when he shouts "Seize the Day!" at the end of this movie. Williams's character tells his students to "Carpe Diem", which is Latin for "Seize the Day".
  • Julia Roberts almost put the production into jeopardy when she fled California after her wedding to Kiefer Sutherland was called off. She decided to avoid the press by hiding out in Ireland. A furious Steven Spielberg reportedly threatened to fire her if she didn't return immediately.
  • Brenda Fricker, hot after her Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar win with My Left Foot (1989), was originally announced for the Granny Wendy role.
  • Captain James Hook (Dustin Hoffman) isn't clearly seen until forty minutes into this movie.
  • At a Hook quote-along in Austin, Texas in January 2016, James Madio revealed that his Lost Boy character didn't have a name when they began filming. He continually inquired Steven Spielberg about this until one day when he said to Madio "don't ask". During the food fight, one of the boys calls Don't Ask by name just before he is splattered in the face.
  • Peter (Robin Williams) calls Rufio (Dante Basco) a very ill-mannered young man; in the novelization for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Watson thinks that sometimes of Holmes. Also, Watson has a fear of heights, like Peter Banning. Steven Spielberg was a producer on Holmes.
  • Composer John Williams and lyricist Leslie Bricusse had written more songs for this movie later to be cut out and never used. For legal reasons, none of the songs written have ever been released nor heard since 1990.
  • Dustin Hoffman's former co-star, Jon Voight, asked him if he could bring his children, James Haven and Angelina Jolie, to the set because they were "dying to meet Captain Hook." Hoffman agreed to meet them while in costume. Jolie was sixteen years old, and Hoffman described her as a "tall, thin, gawky-looking girl with a mouth full of braces." After Jolie told Hoffman she was going to be an actress, Hoffman went home to his wife and said, "I don't think this kid has any idea what a tough road she's got."
  • The line spoken by Rufio (Dante Basco) "You're dead, jolly man." had to be spoken backwards by Basco, as the scene was shot and then played in reverse so the sword blade would come away from Robin Williams's face instead of towards it.
  • Donald Sutherland was considered to play Captain James Hook.
  • In Phil Collins' autobiography "Not Dead Yet", he recalls his scene, which was shot in two ways, a longer original version and a truncated version he thought was inferior. According to Collins, Dustin Hoffman disliked the longer version and urged director Steven Spielberg to go with it. Spielberg explained that he had to use the shorter version during an after-party at the premiere.
  • In this movie, it is explained that Tootles lives with Wendy because Wendy didn't have the heart to put him in a home. In the original draft of the play, Tootles and Wendy got married when they grew up.
  • In an interview with "Playboy" in 2004, Dustin Hoffman (Captain Hook) recalled his "aha!" moment with Bob Hoskins (Mr. Smee) about their characters being gay. They decided to play their characters as "a couple of old queens", because they felt Sir J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan's creator, had created them that way: "Bob and I were rehearsing and suddenly we looked at each other and realized it at the same time. We said, 'These guys are gay....' and it was fun. Suddenly, we rehearsed it that way: 'Get over here, Smee. Give me a foot massage.' We went to Spielberg, and he said, 'This is a kids' movie.' Suddenly, it made all the sense in the world. They were really good friends. They lived on a ship. They were devoted to each other."
  • Along with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), this is one of two films released in December 1991 to feature the line "Second star to the right and straight on till morning."
  • A ninety-nine card collection was released in 1991, Julia Roberts's Tinkerbell didn't get featured in any, except for a character image, which was only concept art. Others such as Rufio were properly depicted. It would seem the reason for the omission was the controversy surrounding Roberts at the time.
  • This is the first movie on which Dustin Hoffman worked with composer John Williams. The second being Sleepers (1996).
  • Bob Hoskins and Robin Williams died within a few months of each other in 2014.
  • Winona Ryder was considered for the role of Tinkerbell.
  • The negotiation between Captain James Hook (Dustin Hoffman) and Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) of the days needed for Peter Pan to prepare is similar to the negotiation of money in Pretty Woman (1990) between Roberts's and Richard Gere's characters.
  • Both Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman famously played a man disguised as a woman in another movie. Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), and Hoffman in Tootsie (1982).
  • (At around fifty-nine minutes) Too Small looks at Peter and says, "Welcome back to Neverland, Pan the man!" and Williams is mouthing the words to remind him.
  • Robin Williams previously starred in the Disney short Back to Neverland (1989), in which he portrayed himself and did the voice of Robin the Lost Boy.
  • As of 2019, this is Amber Scott's (Maggie Banning) only screen role.
  • Bob Hoskins (Smee) would alleviate stress on-set by singing various versions of the Lionel Richie hit "Hello" by including the lyrics "Hello? Is it Smee you're looking for?"
  • After cutting the coconut, Peter is taken aback by his sudden expertise with a sword. Just as he is taking this in, you can hear a rooster crowing in the background. The three key skills for Peter Pan is that he can fly, he can fight, and he can crow.
  • In addition to the Beatles movie poster in Moira's bedroom, there is another connection to the Beatles. At the end of the fourth side of The Beatles (White Album) is the John Lennon song, "Good Night". This song segues into "Golden Slumbers", which is a song taken directly from the original first edition of Peter Pan.
  • Robin Williams stars as an adult Peter Pan who sets out to rescue his children from his evil adversary, pirate Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). Eleven years earlier, Williams portrayed the classic cartoon character Popeye the Sailorman in Popeye (1980), whose nemesis Bluto (Paul L. Smith), was a pirate.
  • Peter's backstory in this movie is loosely based on the book "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens", the first book author Sir J.M. Barrie wrote about the character in 1906. Specifically, this movie uses Peter managing to run away from home as an infant, meeting fairies, and discovering that his parents have had another child when he briefly returns home for its origin.
  • The poster above Moira's bed is that of The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night (1964). Phil Collins (Inspector Good) was actually one of the kids in the audience, during the performance toward the end of the movie.
  • According to the 2019 bio of Carrie Fisher by Sheila Weller, first assistant director Bruce Cohen reported that Fisher was mainly hired to polish Tinkerbell's lines, though she did other things, as well. One exchange of dialogue Cohen credits to Fisher are the lines when Tinkerbell says, "You know that place between sleep and awake? That place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you" ... "That's where I'll be waiting."
  • Dustin Hoffman was cast as Captain Hook in the early 1980s, when the film entered pre-production.
  • Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, and Steven Spielberg did not take salaries for the film. Their deal called for them to split 40% of TriStar Pictures' gross revenues. They were to receive $20 million from the first $50 million in gross theatrical film rentals, with TriStar keeping the next $70 million in rentals before the three resumed receiving their percentage.
  • The first Spielberg-directed film to receive a Razzie Award nomination, being nominated for Worst Supporting Actress (Julia Roberts).

Spoilers

  • This movie contains several subtle references to the Sir J.M. Barrie play and book. These include: An elderly Tootles is one of the characters in this movie, and is referred to as Wendy's "first orphan". Tootles was one of the original Lost Boys. In the book, play, and the movie, Wendy greets Peter by calling him "Boy". Granny Wendy recites a prayer-like speech as she leaves Maggie and Jack in the nursery, asking the night lights to guard the sleeping babes. This is a direct quotation from the book. In the book, Mrs. Darling says, "Night lights are the eyes a mother leaves behind her to guard her children." (Chapter 2: The Shadow) When Tinkerbell is first trying to get Peter to remember her, she says, "I drank poison for you!" This is a direct reference to the events in Chapter 13: Do You Believe in Fairies. The invisible dinner sequence is inspired by the lines in the book: "The difference between (Peter) and the other boys at such a time was that they knew it was make-believe, while to him, make-believe and true were exactly the same thing. This sometimes troubled them, as when they had to make-believe that they had had their dinners." from Chapter 6: The Little House After human-sized Tinkerbell kisses Peter, and he remembers he has to save his children, Tink says to him, "You silly ass, Go!" In the book, Tinkerbell repeatedly calls Peter a "silly ass". Toward the end of the movie, Tootles says "I've missed the adventure again, haven't I, Peter?" This is in reference to the book, as it is mentioned that the reason Tootles was so humble was because, by some misfortune, he missed most of the adventures in which the Lost Boys participated.
  • According to an interview with People Magazine, Raushan Hammond (Thud Butt) reveals that the scene where Peter passes his sword to one of the Lost Boys was improvised. None of the cast knew onto whom he would pass the sword, except for Robin Williams and Steven Spielberg, so the reactions of the boys are genuine.
  • Captain Hook's hat has a special design on it: The gold fabric triangles near the brim encircling the hat represent the crocodiles teeth, which foreshadows his demise.
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