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The NeverEnding Story 40th Anniversary

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The NeverEnding Story tells the story of Bastian (Barret Oliver) who, on his way to school one day, ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called "The NeverEnding Story," Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by "The Nothing," a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.

This special 40th anniversary event includes exclusive insight from Leonard Maltin.


  • Barret Oliver
  • Gerald McRaney
  • Chris Eastman
  • Darryl Cooksey
  • Nicholas Gilbert
  • Thomas Hill
  • Deep Roy
  • Tilo Prückner
  • Noah Hathaway
  • Tami Stronach

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The idea of the story within a story is one of the nice touches in The NeverEnding Story. Another one is the idea of a child's faith being able to change the course of fate. Maybe not since the kids in the audience were asked to save Tinker Bell in Peter Pan has the outcome of a story been left so clearly up to a child's willingness to believe.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Despite the sophistication of the source material, this 1984 film isn't particularly successful: Petersen insists on forcing the superficial moral lessons, and the half hour removed from the film by its American distributors leaves it with a harsh, choppy rhythm.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader