• The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Release Date: December 9th, 2005

DVD Release Date: December 13th, 2005

PG |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter (William Moseley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and her sister, Susan (Anna Popplewell). There they join the magical lion, Aslan (Liam Neeson), in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton).

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Liam Neeson, Rupert Everett, Dawn French

Director: Andrew Adamson

Genres: Children , Adventure , Fantasy

Production Co: Walden Media

Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures

Keywords: Brother, Temptation, Moving, Escape, England, 1940s, Sister, Family, Growing up

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    What is lightly sketched in the novel, where much is left to the imagination, blossoms into full-blown, richly detailed life in the movie. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    That's not to say that this first visit to a live-action Narnia on screen isn't enjoyable, or promising for the future of what will surely be a successful franchise. But there's not a lot of humor along the way, and the epic struggle between good and evil plays out in battles more impressive than thrilling.

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    The menagerie of mythological beasties in Narnia don't seem quite genuinely, three-dimensionally real. show more

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Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Makeup
Winner Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)