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The Neverending Story

Year: 1984
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Cast: Noah Hathaway, Barret Oliver
Totally original fantasy film (albeit borrowed heavily from fantasy folklore) that always impressed me for having run in Sydney cinemas for 14 months. A unique (if obscure and in actual fact redundant) premise of Oliver's character hiding at school to read the book as the film depicts the story to us. All that link the lead characters together are strange touches that make you think they're psychically linked in some way. Effective characters like the dog/dragon, Rock biter and the wolfish villain - who terrified me (in my post American-Werewolf fear of all things canine) until it started to talk.

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