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Peter Pan
Directed by P. J. Hogan
Produced by Patrick McCormick
Written by Screenplay:
P. J. Hogan
Michael Goldenberg
Novel and play:
J. M. Barrie
Starring Jeremy Sumpter
Ludivine Sagnier
Rachel Hurd-Wood
Jason Isaacs
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Donald McAlpine
Editing by Garth Craven
Michael Kahn
Distributed by Universal Pictures (USA, Canada, UK, France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand)
Columbia Pictures (all other areas)
Release date(s) December 25, 2003
Running time 113 minutes
Country Australia
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget US$100,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $121,975,011[1]

Peter Pan is a 2003 film released as a joint venture of Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios. P. J. Hogan directed a screenplay co-written with Michael Goldenberg which is based on the classic play and novel by J. M. Barrie. Jason Isaacs plays the roles of Captain Hook and George Darling, Olivia Williams plays Mrs. Darling, while Jeremy Sumpter plays Peter Pan, Rachel Hurd-Wood portrays Wendy Darling, and Ludivine Sagnier plays Tinker Bell. Noted actress Lynn Redgrave plays a supporting role as Aunt Millicent, a new character created for the film. Contrary to the traditional stage casting, it featured a boy in the title role.



This story is a fairly faithful adaptation of the play and novel by J. M. Barrie. In it, the perpetually young Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) from time to time visits London in 1904, where he becomes enthralled by the stories (about him) that Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood) tells to her brothers. Wendy asks to visit Never Land and Peter invites her to be the "mother" to his gang of Lost Boys. Before leaving, she asks to bring her brothers John (Harry Newell) and Michael (Freddie Popplewell), and Peter teaches them all to fly with him.

Out of jealousy, Tinker Bell (Ludivine Sagnier) tricks the Lost Boys into shooting Wendy as she approaches the island, but Wendy survives and the boys ask her to be their mother and tell them stories. Meanwhile Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs) captures John and Michael and holds them as bait for Peter. Wendy and Peter free them, with help from the Amerindian princess Tiger Lily (Carsen Gray) and the timely arrival of the crocodile that ate Hook's hand.

That night, Peter and Wendy share a romantic "fairy dance", while Hook spies on them, distressed that Peter has "found himself a Wendy". Peter reminds Wendy that they are just pretending to be a couple, and Wendy confronts Peter about his feelings about love. Peter becomes upset with her, and tells her to go home if she's not happy. Wendy, in tears, escapes to her little house. Peter returns to the Darling house, and seeing that Wendy's mother is still waiting for the children to come home, he attempts to shut the window to prevent her return to them. But, after a struggle, Wendy's parents manage to reopen the window, refusing to let it be closed.

Hook later finds Wendy and has her carried to his ship, the Jolly Roger. There, he entices her with a job telling stories to the crew, then sends a spy to follow her to the Lost Boys' underground lair. The next day, after Peter hears of a new pirate, Wendy admits she was asked to serve as a crewman. Later, the pirates kidnap her and the boys, but since Hook is unable to reach Peter, he leaves poison for him to drink when he wakes up. Tink stops him, poisoning herself in the process; Peter reaches out to children sleeping around the world, the Darlings, and even the pirates to sustain her with their belief in fairies.

Peter and Tink save the children from walking the plank, and they all fight against the pirates. Hook gets sprinkled with Tink's fairy dust, and duels Peter in the air, weakening him with taunts about Wendy abandoning him and growing up. Peter falls, unable to fight with those thoughts and gives in to inevitable death. But with a "thimble" (kiss) from Wendy, Peter recovers and re-engages Hook, who loses his confidence and his altitude above the water, and is swallowed by the crocodile. Wendy decides that she belongs back home, and returns to London with her brothers and the Lost Boys. Peter chooses not to grow up.

In an alternate ending based on Barrie's epilogue, included on the DVD release with unfinished special effects and no music, Peter returns to the London house 20 years later, finding Wendy as a grown mother. He is deeply hurt when she tells him she has grown up, and walks over to Wendy's daughter who is asleep in bed. His sobbing awakes the little girl, and she introduces herself as Jane. Peter grins excitedly at Wendy, and with her mother's permission, Jane flies away with Peter to Neverland.



After the script was written, Stephen Cox, Chief Press Officer for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and the Institute for Child Health, gave the hospital's approval, saying, "We have read the script by P. J. Hogan and Michael Goldenberg and are delighted to report that we feel that it is in keeping with the original work whilst communicating to an audience with modern sensibilities."[2]

The visual effects in the film are a mixture of practical and digital. The fairies that appear in the film are actors composited into the film with some digital enhancements. According to actor Jason Isaacs, the filmmakers were impressed with actress Ludivine Sagnier's performance and decided to abandon their plans to make Tinker Bell entirely computer animated.[3] The film also features a large, computer-generated crocodile. Another character, an animatronic parrot, appears in some scenes on the pirate ship.

A complex harness was built to send the live-action actors rotating and gliding through the air for the flight sequences. They were then composited into the shots of London and Never Land, although they are sometimes replaced with computer-generated figures. Other aspects of bringing the fantastic story to life include the complex sword-fighting sequences, for which the actors were trained. Sumpter said that, "I had to train for five months before the shoot. I had to do harness training to learn how to fly and learn how to swordfight," and that, "I got stabbed a couple of times with a sword."[4] Hogan says that the flying scenes very difficult to accomplish, but that, "it was tougher on the kids than it was for me. They were up there on the harness 12' off the ground, having to make it look like flying is easy and fun."[5]

Sumpter grew several inches over the course of the film's production, requiring staging tricks to retain Hook's height advantage over Peter in face-to-face scenes late in the process. Hollywood-based producer Lucy Fisher also said that, ""The window he flies out of had to be enlarged twice."[3]

The film is dedicated to Dodi Al-Fayed, who was executive producer of the 1991 film Hook. Al-Fayed planned to produce a live action version of Peter Pan, and shared his ideas with Princess Diana (who was President of Great Ormond St Hospital), who said she "could not wait to see the production once it was underway." Al-Fayed's father, Mohammed Al-Fayed, co-produced the 2003 adaptation of the classic fairy tale after his son died in the car crash which also killed Princess Diana.[6]

Finding Neverland, a film about J. M. Barrie and the creation of Peter Pan, was originally scheduled to be released in 2003, but the producers of this film – who held the screen rights to the story – refused permission for that film to use scenes from the play unless its release was delayed until the following year.

Filming, which lasted about twelve months and ended in June 2003, took place entirely inside sound stages on Australia's Gold Coast and New Zealand.[7] According to Fisher, the decision to shoot in Australia was based on the low value of the Australian dollar at that time.[7] Hogan had originally planned on filming in a variety of locations such as Tahiti, New Zealand, and London but abandoned this idea after scouting some of the locations.[8] Filming on sound stages did, however, help "retain some of the theatricality of the original play", something which Hogan thought was important.[9]


For the promotion of the film, the original novel of Peter Pan by J.M Barrie was released with the cover that was the same look as the teaser poster. A video game was also released only for the Game Boy Advance on December 10, 2003. In it players can fly, fight, and solve various puzzles and collect special objects for special prizes and bonus points. The game received mixed reviews overall with Gamezone giving it a 6.4/10, Cubed3 giving it a 5.2/10, and Nintendo Power giving it a 2.2/5. Cubed3 criticized the game for the bad dialogue and repetitive and rushed gameplay, but praising the graphics and sound.


The film was generally well received by critics. Based on 130 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 75% of critics gave Peter Pan a positive review.[10] Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three and a half out of four stars.[11]

The film earned $48.4 million at the box office in the United States and another $73.5 million outside of the US.[1] It faced competition from the highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King released the week before, and Cheaper by the Dozen which opened on the same day.

Jeremy Sumpter won a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a younger actor,[12] for which Rachel Hurd-Wood was also nominated. The film was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film. Sumpter also won a 2004 Young Artist Award; Harry Newell, Rachel Hurd-Wood, and Carsen Gray were all nominated.[13]


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  2. ^ ""Peter Pan" Soars Again". 2002-06-24. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b Wloszczyna, Susan (2003-08-07). "A Mature Peter Pan". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  4. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Interview with "Peter Pan" Star, Jeremy Sumpter". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  5. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Director PJ Hogan Discovers Neverland With "Peter Pan"". Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  6. ^ 403 Forbidden
  7. ^ a b Mitchell, Peter (2003-12-23). "Dark days loom for Aussie film industry". The Age Company Ltd. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  8. ^ Whipp, Glenn (2003-12-29). "Latest 'Pan' film lets boys be boys, preserves spirit of classic". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  9. ^ Ramshaw, Mark. "Peter Pan: Hook, Line and Tinker". VFXWorld. AWN,Inc.. Retrieved 2004-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Peter Pan (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 24, 2003). "Peter Pan Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Past Saturn Awards". The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  13. ^ "Awards for Peter Pan (2003)"., Inc.. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 

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Peter Pan

  • To die will be an awfully big adventure.
  • To live would be an awfully big adventure.
  • You are a codfish.
  • You can't catch me and make me a man.
  • I do believe in fairies. I do. I do.
  • It's Hook or me this time.
  • Oh, the cleverness of me!
  • I'm back! With great news! I know what happened to Cinderella. She defeated the pirates. There was stabbing, slicing, torture, bleeding! And then they lived happily ever after.
  • [when Wendy asks if he will forget her] Me? Forget? Never!
  • If you were me, I'd be ugly!

Captain Hook

  • Old, alone... done for. [gets eaten by the giant crocodile]
  •'re pink!
  • Split my infinitives.
  • Come on, fly to the rescue. And I'll shoot you, right through your noble intentions.
  • Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience... and pimples.


  • All children grow up... except one.

Wendy Darling

  • Never is an awfully long time.
  • You don't mean to tell me... there's a fairy in this room?
  • Oh, the cleverness of you.

John Darling

  • You offend reason, sir. I should like to offend it with you!


Mr. Darling: I have been HUMILIATED! No! I must become a man that children fear and adults respect, or we shall all... end up... in the street!
Mrs. Darling: George, not so loud.
Aunt Millicent: George, the neighbors will hear.
Mr. Darling: Let them hear! Let the whole world know! [about Nana] This is not a nurse! This... is a :dog! [to Wendy] Tomorrow, you will begin your instruction with Aunt Millicent. It's time for you to grow up!

Peter: Was it you, Tink?
Tinker Bell: [with a halo over her head] Hallelujah! Hallelujah! [transforms into an evil fairy]
Peter: Then I am your friend no more. [tosses her aside]

Wendy: Oh, how sweet. [Peter looks disgusted] What? Are mermaids not sweet?
Peter: They'll sweetly drown you if you get too close.

Mr. Darling: Look, why, it's snowing! Goodness, we'll catch our death!
Aunt Millicent: Better death than gossip!

Pirate: Beg for yer lives!
John: Sir! My brother and I are English gentlemen. English gentlemen do not [beg!]
Michael: [gets on his knees] Please! Please don't kill me!
John: [gets on his knees] Please don't kill me, either!

Wendy: Once upon a time there was a boy named Peter Pan, who decided not to grow up.
Hook: Skip the prologue
Wendy: So he flew away to Neverland where the pirates are.
Noodler: Was one of them pirates called [Noodler]?
Wendy: Yes.
Noodler: Capt'n, did you hear? I am in a story!
Hook: [shoots Noodler]What fun he must have had.
Wendy: Yes but he was rather lonely.
Hook: Lonely? He needed a Wendy.
Pirate: I need a Wendy. [Hooks shoots him]
Smee: Oh, very exciting! Two dead already!
Hook: Why a Wendy?
Wendy: He liked my stories.
Hook: What stories?
Wendy: Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty.
Hook: Love stories?
Wendy: Adventures! In which good triumphs over evil!
Hook: They all end in a kiss.
Wendy: gasps
Hook: A kiss. He does feel! He feels about you. [cuts her free from the mast]She told him stories. He taught her to fly. How?
Wendy: You just think happy thoughts. They lift you into the air.
Hook: Alas, I have no happy thoughts.
Wendy: That brings you down!
Hook: [Hook threatens to cut Wendy's throat with his hook] How else?
Michael: Fairy dust! You need fairy dust!
The Lost Boys: Michael!
Hook: What of Pan? Would unhappy thoughts bring him down?
Wendy: He has no unhappy thoughts.

Aunt Millicent: Is your name Slightly?
Slightly: Yes.
Aunt Millicent: Then I am your mother.
Slightly: How do you know?
Aunt Millicent: I feel it in my bones.

Hook: If I were you, I would give up.
Pan: If you were me, I'd be ugly.

Hook: Vegetable? (guessing Peters identity)
Peter: No
Hook Mineral?
Peter No
Hook Animal?
Peter Yes
Hook Man?
Peter NO!
Hook Boy?
Peter Yes!
Hook Ordinary boy?
Peter NO!
Hook Wonderful boy?
Peter Yes! Do you give up?

Aunt Millicent : See, in the right-hand corner, is that a kiss? A hidden kiss...
Wendy Darling : But, what is it for?
Aunt Millicent : It is for the greatest adventure of all, those that find it have
slipped in and out of heaven.
Wendy Darling : Find what ?
Aunt Millicent : The one the kiss belongs to.

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