A young boy with a distant father enters a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within an antique book.


George Miller


Karin Howard (screenplay by), Michael Ende (based on the novel "The Neverending Story" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Brandis ... Bastian
Kenny Morrison Kenny Morrison ... Atreyu
Clarissa Burt Clarissa Burt ... Xayide
John Wesley Shipp ... Barney
Martin Umbach ... Nimbly
Alexandra Johnes ... Childlike Empress
Thomas Hill ... Coreander
Helena Michell Helena Michell ... Bastian's Mother
Christopher Burton Christopher Burton ... Tri Face (as Chris Burton)
Patricia Fugger Patricia Fugger ... Instrument Spinster
Birge Schade Birge Schade ... Windbride
Claudio Maniscalco Claudio Maniscalco ... Lavaman
Andreas Borcherding Andreas Borcherding ... Mudwart
Ralf Weikinger Ralf Weikinger ... Mudwart
Colin Gilder Colin Gilder ... Rockbiter Junior


Once again, Bastian is transported to the world of Fantasia which he recently managed to save from destruction. However, the land is now being destroyed by an evil sorceress, Xayide, so he must join up with Atreyu and face the Emptiness once more. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Begin an all new adventure as a young boy returns to a world of wonder on the wings of his imagination.


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Did You Know?


Jonathan Brandis previously guest-starred in the 1990 TV series "The Flash"(episode titled "Child's Play") in which John Wesley Shipp, who played his father in "The NeverEnding Story II," was then starring in. See more »


When Bastian stands in front of the monster spraying it in the face with a spray can, you see Bastian stretching as far as he can, but he still can't reach any further up than the monster's chest. In the next shot, Bastian's hand is in the monster's face. See more »


[first lines]
Bastian: "Siegfried dealt the king a mortal blow!"
[stabs a sandwich lifts it]
Bastian: "Along both edges the sword drew blood from the wounds, and King Lindegast was saddened hard. He begged Siegfried to let him live and offered him his lands."
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Crazy Credits

Bavarian State Opera is misspelled as 'Barvarian State Opera' for the Orchestra's credit. See more »


Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Cho Dengeki Stryker (2015) See more »


Dreams We Dream
Composed by Giorgio Moroder
Sung by Joe Milner
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Not the greatest, but not the worst.
19 December 2001 | by ridley_64See all my reviews

The Never Ending Story 2 did not seem to be as good as its predecessor, however this movie wasn't all that bad. Sure it would of been nice if it had ALL of the original actors from the first one in it and that could be a reason why this film didn't do as well. I bet we would of all enjoyed this movie much better if it did have the original actors in it. I am a big fan of the novel (greatest novel I have ever read) and that could be why I happen to like this movie. This is actually the last half of the book when Bastian visits "Fantastica" and meets Atreyu and all the others. However one downfall was this film seemed a bit distant to the original making it seem like they are two totally different stories when in fact they are one. It just didn't seem to capture all the magic of the book. But all in all this was a pretty good movie and it wouldn't hurt to get an idea of what the second half of the story is all about. But the first film is the greatest and will put its spell over your entire family!!!!!!! I give The Never Ending Story 2; 7.5/10.

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Release Date:

8 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter See more »


Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,912,124, 10 February 1991

Gross USA:


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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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