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Jon Acuff
Jon Acuff


  1. Jake Sladkey

    You had to go and pull that one back out of the memory banks. Thanks for the tears again. He would have been ok if he was sinking in queso.

  2. Steve (fsucurran)

    It almost made me cry just now. And I am way past childhood.

  3. I don’t know what movie this is, but just seeing the picture made me cry for that poor boy and his horse.

  4. How do I not know this movie? What is it?
    (I just re-watched the West Wing episode when the President and Josh were shot. Cried like a baby!)

  5. Yes, I remember that movie. Had forgotten it. Was almost over it. Thanks for opening that wound again…. :'(

    Also, I’m really glad you’re back blogging. Twitter just isn’t the same.

  6. Nate

    This movie was fully of twists and turns. This movie embodies what a good book can do for you. Every emotion known to man…

  7. I had some friends over a few weeks ago and a movie discussion brought up this movie and we actually watched the clip of it on YouTube. Fun times at Amy’s! We watched this a lot when I was in elementary school. However, I think I blocked it from memory because I had forgotten about it.

  8. Julie (@juliedutch)

    I don’t remember if I cried or not at the time, but it does conjure up memories. I remember where I was when I watched it… and that was a great memory.

  9. its like when the one eyed man got crushed in Krull. first video i ever saw on a video player. gets me every time.

  10. My 5-year-old daughter recently told me that this was her favorite part of the movie…

  11. Tiffany

    It seriously was NEVERENDING so my sister and I never made it to the end. It’s actually still playing to this day on my parents floor model…

  12. Brent

    He had to lose the horse. It was the only way to get a Luck Dragon!

  13. “Artax, don’t give in! Artax… ARTAX!”

  14. Wept as a child. Watched it as an adult, still wept. Now own it and watch it every time I need a little reminder of the power of naming something to defeat the nothingness inside us. SUCH a powerful story.

  15. JP

    By Far my favorite movie of childhood and its not far from my fav movie ever. Yea, its technical marvel is not all there but man I love this movie! “I am Atreyu!!” “Not Atreyu the child, Atreyu the warrior.” “I am the only Atreyu with the Plains people, but I’ll be happy to go back to hunting the purple buffalo”

  16. Tim Wieneke

    Second most sad for me. The saddest was when the Terminator sacrificed itself at the end of Terminator 2.

  17. Jon this is my most favorite movie ever! Red Dawn being my second, maybe (the original). The fact that you know both of these movies forever bonds us like the the gold and silver twin snake Orin medallion.

  18. swamp of sadness i am now going to bed depressed thanks, “say my name”

  19. Beth

    Every time I watched that movie when I was a kid, I would spend the rest of the day and night with my head in the clouds. I was a daydreamer and that movie would put my daydreams on steroids. Still one of my favorites.

  20. Somehow, I missed this one, and Goonies, too. But I did see Porky’s.

    It was a weird childhood.

  21. Elizabeth

    All I saw was the question on Twitter and I knew what scene it would be! Gut-wrencher.

  22. Don’t cry for my childhood, but I skipped that movie for a simple reason: the radio kept playing the theme song, which I found quite annoying, so I didn’t want to have anything to do with the movie. Plus I was 19 and in the Army. It’s not the kind of movie a single soldier would watch.

  23. Jenna

    Omg! Atreyu! “The Neverendong storyyyyyyyyyyeeeeee ahhhhhhhhh” (yea that was supposed to be the movies theme song…) I was so in love with the big white flying dog.

  24. Jenna

    Dear god. I just wrote Neverendong. Yeah I’m done for the night.

  25. Brenda

    I never saw this movie as a kid. I saw it maybe a year ago? with my friend. She loved it more than I did, probably because I have no attachment of childhood nostalgia with it. But I promise I’m not a monster.

  26. Andy

    By the time that scene came along, I was already depressed from how poor the film was compared to the book. Ironic that the film only got halfway through the book (maybe ensuring its neverendingness).


  27. One of my faves from childhood and I will always watch it when it comes on TV.

    On a side note, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I found out what the princess’s name was that Bastian calls out at the end. Thanks Internets!

  28. T. K. Stewart

    The Never Ending Story was my favorite movie during childhood. Now to see if Netflix has it…

  29. True Story. That’s what makes it hurt the most.

  30. I usually cry whenever I walk by a dark window because I see the wolf’s green eyes peering in at me. I almost cried thinking about it right now….

  31. I’m crying right now! And I just heard last week there’s a remake in the works…

  32. Allison

    Thanks Jon for traumatizing me all over again. I can’t watch that movie because of that very scene. Now I’m sitting here with a lump in my throat because thinking about it makes me want to cry. 🙁

  33. Yes, I cried unashamedly.
    Flacor was epic and the princess byooootiful (sigh) but my fav line has to be “to the winch, wench!” All-time classic right there

  34. I love, love, love The NeverEnding Story! My sister and I watched it at least once a week, as kids. Now, I’ve gotten my 7 year old hooked on it.


    This guy’s hair —> http://youtu.be/Gf1WT8VEZxk

  36. Raffeal Sears

    Man, that whole movie almost ruined my childhood!

  37. I remember when that movie came out, but I’ve never seen it either. Now I’m not sure I want to. I hate crying.

  38. Why the heck are you reminding me of that scene??? *sniff*

  39. Lindsay

    That scene was traumatizing as a child. Thanks for reminding me. Not.

  40. My only memories of that movie are as follows:

    1. people told me I looked like that kid.
    2. I got to make my own glass of lemonade with country time crystals.
    3. I threw up all over my friend’s family room because you shouldn’t put the entire canister into one glass.

    I should probably watch it again. Isn’t there a flying dog?