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Neverwas (2005)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Eckhart ... Zach Riley
Ian McKellen ... Gabriel Finch
Brittany Murphy ... Maggie Paige
Nick Nolte ... T.L. Pierson
Jessica Lange ... Katherine Pierson
William Hurt ... Dr. Peter Reed
Bill Bellamy ... Martin Sands
Alan Cumming ... Jake
Vera Farmiga ... Eleanna
Michael Moriarty ... Dick
Ken Roberts Ken Roberts ... Terrence
Cynthia Stevenson ... Sally
Lorena Gale ... Judy
Tabitha St. Germain ... Receptionist
Tim Henry ... Husky Sheriff
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Storyline

A well-educated psychiatrist leaves an academic career to work at an institution where his father, a novelist, lived before writing a renowned children's book. Acclimating to his position, he encounters a schizophrenic who helps him to discover the book's secrets and his place in the story. Written by Anonymous

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Every fairy tale needs its hero.

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic issues | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Eikunagi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Sir Ian McKellen and Alan Cumming appeared in X2: X-Men United (2003) and Eighteen (2005). See more »

Goofs

The dream sequence in the beginning shows the young Zachary with huge brown eyes - the adult Zachary has blue eyes. See more »

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Gabriel Finch: [narrating] For those of you who do not know, this is how it began. Zachary Small was an ordinary little boy. He lived with his ordinary father in an ordinary house in an ordinary town. What Zachary did not know - could not know - was just how unordinary he was. I had heard the stories of young Zachary and his fearlessness. I had seen with my own eyes his selfless acts of bravery and courage. And I knew deep in my heart that he would return to rescue me when I was imprisoned in the ...
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6 November 2006 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is a tale of a psychiatrist trying to find his father's past by working in the mental hospital where his father resided in.

Let me begin by saying that this film is very good! When the credits roll in the beginning, I was already shocked by the number of big names in the film. 7 really big names! This cast can only matched by super big budget films.

The initial scene of group therapy in the hospital is very impressive. It showcases the various actor's talents. I was particularly impressed by Ian McKellen and Vera Farmiga playing to be mental patients. Interestingly, they both acted as psychiatrists in other recent films, namely Asylum (for Ian McKellen) and The Departed (for Vera Farmiga).

Aaron Eckhart's role cannot be underestimated as well. He is mature enough to be a psychiatrist, and I was also impressed by the techniques he used to interview patients. He is very convincing as a psychiatrist! Towards the end of the film, when the focus changed Aaron Eckhart being a psychiatrist to him aligning with Ian McKellen to find the truth, is particularly gripping. It manages to get my full attention as to how the story will unfold. The plot twist is very surprising, and the finale is very emotional and visually appealing.

I am very surprised that good films like this one is not released. Do watch it if you have the chance!


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