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Finding Neverland (2004)

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Coming Out at 29 October 2004 in theaters

Biography, Drama, Family

Finding Neverland is historical fantasy drama film directed by Marc Forster and written by David Magee, based on the 1988 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. The film is about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. The film earned seven nominations at the 77th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Johnny Depp, and won for Best Original Score. The film was the inspiration for the stage musical of the same name in 2012.

Following the dismal reception of his latest play, Little Mary, Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her four young sons (George, Jack, Peter and Michael) in Kensington Gardens, and a strong, close friendship develops among them. He proves to be a great playmate and surrogate father figure for the boys, and their imaginative antics give him ideas which he incorporates into a play about boys who do not want to grow up, especially one named after troubled young Peter Llewelyn Davies. Although Barrie sees this family as wonderful and inspirational, people question his relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Sylvia was a widow: her husband died from cancer and left her with four boys to bring up on her own.

Barrie’s wife Mary, who eventually divorces him, and Sylvia’s mother Emma du Maurier, object to the amount of time Barrie spends with the Llewelyn Davies family. Emma also seeks to control her daughter and grandsons, especially as Sylvia becomes increasingly weak from an unidentified illness. Along the way, Barrie goes on adventures with Sylvia and her boys. He too is a boy at heart and spending time with the family is special. Barrie takes those adventures he has with the boys and makes them into a play called Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster

Writers: Allan Knee (play), David Magee

Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero

Cast:

Johnny DeppSir James Matthew Barrie
Kate WinsletSylvia Llewelyn Davies
Julie ChristieMrs. Emma du Maurier
Radha MitchellMary Ansell Barrie
Dustin HoffmanCharles Frohman
Freddie HighmorePeter Llewelyn Davies
Joe ProsperoJack Llewelyn Davies
Nick RoudGeorge Llewelyn Davies
Luke SpillMichael Llewelyn Davies
Ian HartSir Arthur Conan Doyle
Kelly Macdonald‘Peter Pan’
Mackenzie CrookMr. Jaspers – Usher
Eileen EssellMrs. Snow
Jimmy GardnerMr. Snow
Oliver FoxGilbert Cannan
Angus Barnett‘Nana’ / Mr. Reilly
Toby Jones‘Smee’
Kate Maberly‘Wendy’
Matt Green‘John’
Catrin Rhys‘Michael Darling’
Tim Potter‘Hook’ / Lord Carlton
Jane Booker‘Mrs. Darling’
Paul WhitehouseStage Manager
Catherine CusackSarah
Kali PeacockEmma
Robert OatesCottage Doctor
Nicholas PritchardHospital Doctor
Jonathan CullenDoctor Brighton
Raymond WaringStage Worker
Laura DuguidTheater Patron 1
Sevan StephanTheater Patron 2
Rosie EdeTheater Patron 3
Richard BraineTheater Patron 4
Tobias MenziesTheater Patron 5
Murray McArthurStagehand
Charlotte BirminghamOrphan
Cora HarrisonOrphan
Jack BirminghamOrphan
Sacha JanesOrphan
Chelsea CarpenterOrphan
Keeley JanesOrphan
Luciano CusackOrphan
Stella KingOrphan
Serafina CusackOrphan
Jake RocheOrphan
Claudia DavidsonOrphan
Molly WhitehouseOrphan
Noah HarrisonOrphan
Sophie WhitehouseOrphan
Eden HarrisonOrphan
Tony WaySet Mover
Greg BennettTheatre Goer
Kiri BloomMiss Snow
Gabriel CurringtonConductor
David DecioCharles Frohman’s Theatre Usher
Ray DonnTheater Guest
Marc ForsterCostume Room Worker
Paul HornsbyLaughing Man at Cricket Match
Suzy KewerMary McCormack
Jackson PayneThe Cricketer
William TomlinLost Boy
Julz WestLost Boy

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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