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The chronicles of Narnia: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe - Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley, Andrew Adamson

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There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia... the first is about to be told.

Peter (William Moseley), Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley) are sent to live with an old professor in the country during World War II air raids on England. They discover that they can walk into a strong wardrobe closet and find themselves in a strange fantasy land called Narnia, filled with a wide variety of magical and fantastic people and creatures. With Narnia frozen over by a winter that never stops, the children are enlisted to help Aslan (the Great Lion who founded Narnia hundreds of years ago) defeat the evil White Witch, break her evil spell, and free the people and magical beasts of Narnia.

Based on the classic novel by CS Lewis.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film adventure fantasy classic World War II wardrobe Narnia Aslan battle Pevensie witch

Persons of interest

  • Georgie Henley .... Lucy
  • Skandar Keynes .... Edmund
  • Anna Popplewell .... Susan
  • William Moseley .... Peter
  • Tilda Swinton .... Jadis The White Witch
  • Rupert Everett .... Fox
  • Dawn French .... Mrs Beaver
  • James McAvoy .... Mr Tumnus
  • Shane Rangi .... General Otman
  • Patrick Kake .... Oreius
  • Elizabeth Hawthorne .... Mrs Macready
  • Kiran Shah .... Ginarrbrik
  • James Cosmo .... Father Christmas
  • Judy McIntosh .... Mrs Pevensie
  • Jim Broadbent .... Professor Digory Kirke
  • Sandro Kopp .... Centaur
  • Stephen Ure .... Satyr
  • Ray Winstone .... Mr Beaver
  • Liam Neeson .... Aslan
  • CS Lewis .... Author
  • Christopher Markus .... Screenwriter
  • Stephen McFeely .... Screenwriter
  • Ann Peacock .... Screenwriter
  • Andrew Adamson .... Screenwriter
  • Andrew Adamson .... Director

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Theatrical report

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Winston Churchill never went to Narnia (as far as I'm aware) but his eminently quotable quote is no less applicable to the heroic adventures of Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter Pevensie than they are to the original heroes of the Battle of Britain. (Take that Mr Hitler; piss off back to Jerryland.) World War II was all about a nation of shopkeepers standing up to the bully boys from Nazidom and beating them at their own game. I keep returning to this parallel because CS Lewis has set his novel in this trying time. Mr Pevensie has gone off to war, leaving a power vacuum in the family hierarchy. Peter is too young to take over, Edmund is too old to accept Peter (yet too young to replace him). Susan and Lucy don't count because they're only girls. Jerry's dropping bombs on London. There are dark times ahead, Harry. Oops, wrong movie. The point is that the trials in Narnia give the children the opportunity to find the hero inside themselves, which they can then apply to wartime life.

It's also a great excuse to have adventures and meet strange, new people and u minutes... do derring-do with lots of special effects. The chronicles of Narnia: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe is not The lord of the rings: The fellowship of the rings, nor is it Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but it does bring to life a classic children's book with humour and verve. It's all good, especially the BBC accents.

Given the financial success that this movie will achieve, you can look forward to Disney filming at least some of Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle.

Security censorship classification

PG (Mild fantasy violence, some scenes may upset young children)

Surveillance time

140 minutes (2:20 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 22 December 2005 - Previews
Film: 26 December 2005 - National

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