Making Of...
Making Of...

The NeverEnding Story Behind The Scenes

AKA:
The NeverEnding Story Picture
1984
Morla
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1984 Fantasy movie starring Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach et al.
Contributed by: Jenna
During filming in Germany one of the days was so hot that it actually melted the statue that was the Ivory Tower. On other days the stars of the films had no work to do because the blue background would not work.
Contributed by: Max Gardner
Atreyu (played by Noah Hathaway) was originally supposed to have green skin, like in the original story, but somehow it didn't work out. Noah said that it made him look like fungi!
Contributed by: Sam
Noah Hathaway (Atreyu) had to spend months in England learning to ride a horse bareback for the movie.
Contributed by: Sarah Roberts
Noah Hathaway was hurt during the making of the movie. During his horse riding training he was thrown off a horse which then stepped on him.
Contributed by: Mel
In the Swamps of Sadness, Noah Hathaway "Atreyu" was supposed to have started drowning, but in real life he was pulled under by the same thing the horse was! When they finally got him up he was unconscious!
Contributed by: Steve Wood
Clearly only some of the scenes have been dubbed from German. Particularly noticable are the night hob / rockbiter scenes. These actors are credited with very german names. I find it extraordinarily unlikely that American actors, Barret and Noah spoke german to be later dubbed to English.
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Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
There was a scene where Atreyu meets a Giant who is shrinking because of the Nothing. The Giant tells him to go to the swamps of sadness. A few pictures can be seen on various web pages.
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Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
The German version is 4 mins. longer. It has extended scenes and added new ones, and the score is only done by Klaus Doldinger. The opening credits are white on black background.
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