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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 fantasy film written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/JessicaLange, and Creator/AlanCumming. Music by space composer Creator/PhilipGlass and production design by [[https://www.seanhargreavesdesign.com/feature-films/ Sean Hargreaves]].

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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 fantasy film written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/JessicaLange, and Creator/AlanCumming. Music by space composer Creator/PhilipGlass Music/PhilipGlass and production design by [[https://www.seanhargreavesdesign.com/feature-films/ Sean Hargreaves]].


''Neverwas'' is a 2005 fantasy film written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/JessicaLange, and Creator/AlanCumming.

Dr. Zach Riley (Eckhart) is a promising young psychologist who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson (Norte), the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body.

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''Of all the things one says and does\\
I look back on what never was.\\
Then think of all that life could be\\
If I could capture what I see.''\\
-- T.L. Pierson\\\\

''Neverwas'' is a 2005 fantasy film written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/JessicaLange, and Creator/AlanCumming.

Creator/AlanCumming. Music by space composer Creator/PhilipGlass and production design by [[https://www.seanhargreavesdesign.com/feature-films/ Sean Hargreaves]].

Dr. Zach Riley (Eckhart) is a promising young psychologist who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson (Norte), (Nolte), the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', ''The Adventures of Zachary Small in Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body.



* MadDreamer: Gabriel Finch has submerged himself in a highly detailed world of fantasy.

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* MadDreamer: Gabriel Finch has submerged himself in a highly detailed world of fantasy. It's briefly revealed that this got started when he was very young and suffering his father's brutal abuse. It's a telling moment when Zach enters Finch's room and finds gorgeous forest illustrations painted on the walls; again, when he goes through Finch's files and finds a trove of letters and poems from his own father, who was Finch's friend when he was in the asylum. Zach also discovers a diary/scrapbook of Neverwas lore that seems to have been compiled by both men.



* SuicideByCop: Possibly what [[spoiler:Finch]] was going for in the final sequence [[spoiler:depending on how much you think he knows he's insane]].

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* [[spoiler: RealAfterAll: Most of what Finch speaks of is grounded in reality. It's his poetic, metaphorical, fairytale speech that makes you think he's more insane than he is.]]
* SuicideByCop: Possibly what [[spoiler:Finch]] was going for in the final sequence [[spoiler:depending on how much you think he knows he's insane]]."insane"]].


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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/JessicaLange and Creator/AlanCumming.

Dr. Zach Riley is a promising young psychologist who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson, the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body. Working in the hospital, Zachary meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.

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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 fantasy film written and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/JessicaLange Creator/JessicaLange, and Creator/AlanCumming.

Dr. Zach Riley (Eckhart) is a promising young psychologist who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson, Pierson (Norte), the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body.

Working in the hospital, Zachary meets Gabriel Finch, Finch ([=McKellen=]), a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.


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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Creator/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson, the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body. Working in the hospital, Zachary meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.

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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/BrittanyMurphy, Creator/WilliamHurt, Creator/JessicaLange and Creator/BrittanyMurphy about Creator/AlanCumming.

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a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, psychologist who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson, the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body. Working in the hospital, Zachary meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.



* DuelingMovies: The movie didn't receive much promotion, possibly because it was released on the heels of ''Film/FindingNeverland'' which had similar themes of contrasting reality and the story written from it, as well as a similar name. There was also some talk of possible legal complications with that film and with the ''Harry Potter'' pictures; in any case, it went straight to DVD and has become a CultClassic.


''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Creator/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson, the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body. Working in the hospital, Zachary meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.

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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/AaronEckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Creator/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who begins working at a small private mental institution in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson, the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body. Working in the hospital, Zachary meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.


* DuelingMovies: The movie didn't receive much promotion, possibly because it was released on the heels of ''Film/FindingNeverland'' which had similar themes of contrasting reality and the story written from it. There was also some talk of possible legal complications with that film and with the ''Harry Potter'' pictures; in any case, it went straight to DVD and has become a CultClassic.

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* DuelingMovies: The movie didn't receive much promotion, possibly because it was released on the heels of ''Film/FindingNeverland'' which had similar themes of contrasting reality and the story written from it.it, as well as a similar name. There was also some talk of possible legal complications with that film and with the ''Harry Potter'' pictures; in any case, it went straight to DVD and has become a CultClassic.


* IAmNotSpock: For many reasons, Dr. Riley reacts badly when people go "oh, you're ''that'' Zachary", one reason he uses his mother's maiden name.


''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Creator/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who has returned to the mental institution where T.L. Pierson, his father and acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy starring Zachary himself as the savior of Neverwas, spent time recovering. Once there, he meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.

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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Creator/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who has returned to the begins working at a small private mental institution where in New England. Years ago, T.L. Pierson, his father and the acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy starring fantasy, was hospitalized for severe depression in this place. Pierson was Zach Riley's father, and the child hero of ''Neverwas'' is based on Zach. Pierson later committed suicide, and his son discovered his body. Working in the hospital, Zachary himself as the savior of Neverwas, spent time recovering. Once there, he meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.



* DuelingMovies: The movie didn't receive much promotion, possibly because it was released on the heels of ''Film/FindingNeverland'' which had similar themes of contrasting reality and the story written from it.

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* DuelingMovies: The movie didn't receive much promotion, possibly because it was released on the heels of ''Film/FindingNeverland'' which had similar themes of contrasting reality and the story written from it. There was also some talk of possible legal complications with that film and with the ''Harry Potter'' pictures; in any case, it went straight to DVD and has become a CultClassic.
* IAmNotSpock: For many reasons, Dr. Riley reacts badly when people go "oh, you're ''that'' Zachary", one reason he uses his mother's maiden name.



* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: All of Finch's prophecies, [[spoiler:possibly because Gabriel helped Pierson write a children's book based on them]].

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* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: All of Finch's prophecies, [[spoiler:possibly because Gabriel helped told Pierson write his story and Pierson wrote a children's book based on them]].it. When Finch discovers the book in Zach's things, he understands exactly what his old friend has done, and regards the book as prophetic.]]


''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Creator//BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who has returned to the mental institution where T.L. Pierson, his father and acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy starring Zachary himself as the savior of Neverwas, spent time recovering. Once there, he meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.

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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Creator//BrittanyMurphy Creator/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who has returned to the mental institution where T.L. Pierson, his father and acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy starring Zachary himself as the savior of Neverwas, spent time recovering. Once there, he meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.


[[caption-width-right:220:Every fairy tale needs its hero]] ''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Main/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who has returned to the mental institution where T.L. Pierson, his father and acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy starring Zachary himself as the savior of Neverwas, spent time recovering. Once there, he meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.

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''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Main/BrittanyMurphy Creator//BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who has returned to the mental institution where T.L. Pierson, his father and acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy starring Zachary himself as the savior of Neverwas, spent time recovering. Once there, he meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.
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[[caption-width-right:220:Every fairy tale needs its hero]] ''Neverwas'' is a 2005 film starring Aaron Eckhart, Creator/IanMcKellen, Nick Nolte, and Main/BrittanyMurphy about a promising young psychologist, Dr. Zach Riley, who has returned to the mental institution where T.L. Pierson, his father and acclaimed author of ''Neverwas'', a classic piece of children's fantasy starring Zachary himself as the savior of Neverwas, spent time recovering. Once there, he meets Gabriel Finch, a patient who has intimate knowledge of Neverwas and who has been waiting many long and lonely years for Zachary to come and return Gabriel to his rightful place as king of Neverwas. As Zachary tries to cure Gabriel of his delusions, he learns that there is more reality to Neverwas than meets the eye, and he makes a hero's journey to restore the kingdom.

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* BedlamHouse: Millwood is an aversion. Although the place is falling apart and is rapidly losing funding, the patients are treated well on the shoestring budget and Dr. Reed clearly cares about trying to help them.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Maggie was a childhood friend of Zach and they're in a relationship by the end.
* TheChosenOne: Gabriel believes that Dr. Riley has arrived to free Finch and restore his kingdom. [[spoiler:He does]].
* DuelingMovies: The movie didn't receive much promotion, possibly because it was released on the heels of ''Film/FindingNeverland'' which had similar themes of contrasting reality and the story written from it.
* MadDreamer: Gabriel Finch has submerged himself in a highly detailed world of fantasy.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: All of Finch's prophecies, [[spoiler:possibly because Gabriel helped Pierson write a children's book based on them]].
* SuicideByCop: Possibly what [[spoiler:Finch]] was going for in the final sequence [[spoiler:depending on how much you think he knows he's insane]].

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