Neverwas (2005)

108 min.
Plot  Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who leaves a job at a prestigious university to take up a job at the privately run mental institution, Millwood, belonging to Dr. Reed (William Hurt). What he doesn't reveal at the time of his appointment is that this was the very place where his novelist father, T.L. Pierson (Nick Nolte), spent many years of his life as he battled chronic depression. T.L. later wrote a popular children's classic, ''Neverwas'', about a child (based on young Zach himself) who enters a secret world to free a captive king. T.L. later committed suicide; Riley, who found the body, has always partly blamed himself for his father's death.

Riley is assigned to work with a schizophrenic patient, Gabriel Finch (Ian McKellen), and soon realizes that Finch sees himself as the captive king. As he listens to Finch and resumes his acquaintance with childhood friend Maggie Paige (Brittany Murphy) he realizes that more things link him to the book—and also to Finch's...



Ian McKellen
Gabriel Finch
Aaron Eckhart
Zach Riley
Brittany Murphy
Maggie Paige
Nick Nolte
T.L. Pierson
Jessica Lange
Katherine Pierson
William Hurt
Dr. Peter Reed
Vera Farmiga


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