Steven Spielberg's deeply flawed but sporadically fun and moving update of the Peter Pan legend stars Robin Williams as the grown-up Pan, a corporate-takeover type who must embrace his old identity in order to save his kids from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). The stars put on a good show, including Hoffman's read of Hook's hysterical personality, Julia Roberts mini-turn as a tiny Tinker Bell, and Maggie Smith's touching performance as the aged Wendy. The visual contrast between the adult Pan's bustling outside world and the insulated fantasy of Neverland is striking, but Spielberg's ideas about the Lost Boys--politically correct in their ethnic diversity, energetic on skateboards--are contrived and cheapening. On the plus side, the story's theme about adults finding their innocence again through their children is very touching (though some people have found it cloying). If you can look beyond the glaring problems, there's plenty to like here. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby


Dustin HoffmanCapt. Hook
Robin WilliamsPeter Banning
Julia RobertsTinkerbell
Bob HoskinsSmee
Maggie SmithGranny Wendy
Caroline GoodallMoira Banning
Charlie KorsmoJack 'Jackie' Banning
Amber ScottMaggie Banning
Phil CollinsInspector Good
Gwyneth PaltrowYoung Wendy
David CrosbyTickles
Glenn CloseGutless

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy, Family
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 144 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 11, 1991
    EuropeApr 10, 1992
    JapanJun 6, 1992
    AustraliaMar 26, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 22, 2001
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