The NeverEnding Story (film)

1984 West German epic fantasy film directed by Wolfgang Petersen

The NeverEnding Story [German: Die Unendliche Geschichte] is a 1984 film about a boy who reads a magical book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a fantasy world.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Written by Wolfgang Petersen and Herman Weigel, based on the novel by Michael Ende.
A boy who needs a friend finds a world that needs a hero in a land beyond imagination!


  • No, not again. No, not again!


Never give up and good luck will find you.
  • Never give up and good luck will find you.


People have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger
The sphinx's eyes stay closed, until someone who does not feel his own worth tries to pass by.
If you want to save our world, you must hurry! We don't know how much longer we can withstand the Nothing.
How many wishes do I get?
Mr. Koreander: Are you still here?, didn't you hear what I said, boy?
Bastian: Um, I was...
Mr. Koreander: You're hiding, aren't you?
Bastian: No I was...
Mr. Koreander: 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 bee-beep-beeps. On your way please.
Bastian: I know books. I have 186 of them at home.
Mr. Koreander: Nah, comic books.
Bastian: No, I've read Treasure Island, Last of the Mohicans, The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Rings, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Tarzan, ...
Mr. Koreander: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa...

Mr. Koreander: Who were you running away from?
Bastian: Just some kids from school.
Mr. Koreander: Why?
Bastian: They wanna throw me in the garbage.
Mr. Koreander: Well why don't you give em' a good punch in the nose, hmm?
Bastian: Um, I don't know... [he notices the book that Mr. Koreander was reading] What's that book about?
Mr. Koreander: Oh, this is something special.
Bastian: Well, what is it?
Mr. Koreander: Look, your books are safe. While you're reading them you get to become Tarzan, or Robinson Crusoe.
Bastian: But that's what I like about 'em.
Mr. Koreander: Ahh, but afterwards you get to be a little boy again.
Bastian: What do you mean?
Mr. Koreander: Listen. Have you ever been Captain Nemo, trapped inside your submarine, while the giant squid is attacking you?
Bastian: ...Yes.
Mr. Koreander: Weren't you afraid you couldn't escape?
Bastian: But it's only a story.
Mr. Koreander: That's what I'm talking about. The ones you read are safe.
Bastian: And that one isn't?
Mr. Koreander: Don't worry about it.
Bastian: But you just said it was... [phone rings]
Mr. Koreander: Forget about it. This book is not for you.

Southern Oracle: Do not be afraid. We will not harm you. We have been waiting for you a long time, Atreyu.
Atreyu: Are you the Southern Oracle?
Southern Oracle: Yes, we are.
Atreyu: Then you must know what can save Fantasia!
Southern Oracle: Yes, we do.
Atreyu: Well? What is it? I have to know!
Southern Oracle: The Empress needs a new name.
Atreyu: A new name? That's all? But that's easy! I can give her any name she wants!
Southern Oracle: No one from Fantasia can do it. Only a human child can give her this new name.
Atreyu: A human child? Where can I find one?
Southern Oracle: You can only find one beyond the boundaries of Fantasia. [the Southern Oracle begins to crumble] If you want to save our world, you must hurry! We don't know how much longer we can withstand the Nothing.

G'mork: If you come any closer, I will rip you to shreds.
Atreyu: Who are you?
G'mork: I am G'mork. And you, whoever you are, can have the honor of being my last victim.
Atreyu: I will not die easily. I am a warrior.
G'mork: Ha! Brave warrior. Then fight the Nothing.
Atreyu: But I can't! I can't get beyond the boundaries of Fantasia! [G'mork laughs mockingly] What's so funny about that?
G'mork: Fantasia has no boundaries. [The ruins start to shake. Some rocks fall]
Atreyu: That's not true. You're lying!
G'mork: Foolish boy. Don't you know anything about Fantasia? It's the world of human fantasy. Every part, every creature of it, is a piece of the dreams and hopes of mankind. Therefore, it has no boundaries. [A crash. More rocks fall]
Atreyu: But why is Fantasia dying, then?
G'mork: Because people have begun to lose their hopes and forget their dreams. So the Nothing grows stronger.
Atreyu: What is the Nothing?
G'mork: It's the emptiness that's left. It's like a despair, destroying this world. And I have been trying to help it.
Atreyu: But why?
G'mork: Because people who have no hopes are easy to control. And whoever has control has the Power. [A large crash shakes the ground. Atreyu briefly loses his balance, but regains it and turns towards G'mork with a cold look]
Atreyu: Who are you really?
G'mork: I am the servant of the Power behind the Nothing. I was sent to kill the only one who could have stopped the Nothing. I lost him in the Swamps of Sadness. His name was Atreyu. [The ground shakes again and Atreyu falls. He grabs a sharp piece of stone and stands up]
Atreyu: If we're about to die anyway, I'd rather die fighting. Come for me, G'mork - I AM ATREYU!

Engywook: Get out of my light wench!! You're disturbing my scientific work!!!
Urgl: You and you're SCIENTIFIC WORK!!!! What the boy needs one of my potions!!
Engywook: The Boy will need my scientific advice much more!
Atreyu: Ahem..
Engywook: Ahhhhhh!!! He's Well!!! Now it's MY turn with him!
Urgl: Oh no! It's your turn when I say it's your turn.....Well little man...still in pain??
Atreyu: A little....but it's alright.
Urgl: I LIKE THAT!!! The patient telling the doctor it's alright?? It has to HURT if it's to HEAL!!!! Drink that....that's my batwing broth!! There's eye of newt in there, old tree mold....lizard brains...scales from a rancid sea serpent!!!

Atreyu: Is that the Southern Oracle?
Engwwook: Oh, no. It's the first of the two gates you must pass through, before you reach the Southern Oracle, and get me the final information for my book. Of course, most people never get that far.
Atreyu: Why?
Engywook: The sphinxes' eyes stay closed, until someone who does not feel his own worth tries to pass by.

Engywook:The worst one is coming up, next is the Magic Mirror Gate. Atreyu has to look his true self in the face.
Falkor: So what? That won't be to hard for him.
Engywook: Oh, that's what everyone thinks! But kind people find out that they are cruel. Brave men discover that they are really cowards! Confronted with their true selves, most men run away, screaming!

The Childlike Empress: Atreyu, why do you look so sad?
Atreyu: I have failed you, Empress.
The Childlike Empress: No, you haven't. You brought him with you.
Atreyu: Who?
The Childlike Empress: The earthling child. The one who can save us all.
Atreyu: You knew about the earthling child?
The Childlike Empress: Of course. I knew everything.
Atreyu: My horse died! I nearly drowned, I just barely got away from the Nothing! For what?! To find out what you already knew?!
The Childlike Empress: It was the only way to get in touch with an earthling.
Atreyu: But I didn't get in touch with an earthling!
The Childlike Empress: Yes, you did. He has suffered with you. He went through everything you went through, and now he has come here with you. He is very close, listening to every word, we say.
Bastian: What?!
Atreyu: Where is he? If he's so close, why doesn't he appear?
The Childlike Empress: He doesn't realize he's already a part of The NeverEnding Story.
Atreyu: "The NeverEnding Story"? What's that?
The Childlike Empress: Just as he is sharing all your adventures, others are sharing his. They were with him when he hid from the boys in the bookstore.
Bastian: But that's impossible!
The Childlike Empress: They were with him when he took the book with the Auryn symbol on the cover, in which he's reading his own story, right now.

The Childlike Empress: One grain of sand. That is all that remains of my once vast empire.

Bastian: How many wishes do I get?
The Childlike Empress: As many as you want. And the more wishes you make, the more magnificent Fantasia will become.

Narrator: Bastian made many other wishes, and had many amazing adventures — until he came back to the real world. But that's... another story.


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