Down 14,792 this week

The Magic Flute (2006)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 896 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 37 critic

During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.



(libretto), (adapted for the screen by), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 200 titles
created 09 Mar 2011
a list of 8 titles
created 09 Oct 2011
a list of 1798 titles
created 09 Feb 2013
a list of 99 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
list image
a list of 1323 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Magic Flute" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Magic Flute (2006)

The Magic Flute (2006) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Magic Flute.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Henry V (1989)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd
Hamlet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi
Dead Again (1991)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves
The Magic Flute (TV Movie 2003)
Fantasy | Romance | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Director: Sue Judd
Stars: Will Hartmann, Dorothea Röschmann, Diana Damrau
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When the brilliant but unorthodox scientist Victor Frankenstein rejects the artificial man that he has created, the Creature escapes and later swears revenge.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter
The Magic Flute (TV Movie 1975)
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Queen of the Night offers her daughter Pamina to Tamino, but he has to bring her back from her father and priest Sarastro. She gives a magic flute to Tamino and magic bells to the bird ... See full summary »

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Ulrik Cold, Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley
Listening (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Frances Barber, Paul McGann
Swan Song (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An aging actor remembers his past stage triumphs and contemplates a dim future on the stage of an empty theatre.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: John Gielgud, Richard Briers
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

As Macbeth rides home from battle three witches stop him. They tell him that he will soon rise in power, first becoming Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. King Duncan has just ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Ashford, Kenneth Branagh
Stars: David Annen, Andy Apollo, Elliot Balchin
Drama | Mystery

Renown detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on a train.

Director: Kenneth Branagh


Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Kaiser ...
Amy Carson ...
René Pape ...
Lyubov Petrova ...
Tom Randle ...
Teuta Koço ...
Louise Callinan ...
Kim-Marie Woodhouse ...
Third Lady
Rodney Clarke ...
Charne Rochford ...
Second Officer
Peter Wedd ...
First Armed Man
Keel Watson ...
Second Armed Man


During World War I, in an unnamed country, a soldier named Tamino is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the supposedly evil Sarastro. But all is not as it seems.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Musical | Romance


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

13 December 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A varázsfuvola  »

Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Shot entirely in a studio. Even the final scene, which supposedly takes place in sunlit exteriors, was created partly by CGI effects. See more »


Papageno: [singing] A birdman's work is never done/ From crack of dawn to set of sun,/ In unrewarded servitude/ He labours to protect his brood. /I feed and train my chirping pets, /I lay down traps and cast out nets,/ I speak in fluent 'Pigeonese' /And charm the birds right off the trees.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The overture to the opera is played both at the beginning and the end, but only at the end is it played over the film's credits. See more »


Version of The Magic Flute (1975) See more »


The Magic Flute
Based on the opera ("Die Zauberflöte") by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Musical Direction by James Conlon
English libretto and dialogue written by Stephen Fry
Performed by Joseph Kaiser, Amy Carson, Benjamin Jay Davis, Silvia Moi,
René Pape, Lyubov Petrova, Tom Randle, Teuta Koço, Louise Callinan,
, Kim-Marie Woodhouse, Charne Rochford and many others, with Chamber Orchestra of Europe
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Opera film magic!
8 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now Kenneth Branagh's The Magic Flute is not my favourite opera film- then again this is a list that includes the 1976 film Tosca, Losey's 1979 Don Giovanni, Bergman's 1975 Magic Flute, Zeffirelli's 1982 La Traviata and 1986 Otello, Rossi's 1984 Carmen, Friederich's 1975 Salome and 1981 Elektra, and Ponnelle's 1982 Rigoletto, 1975 Le Nozze Di Figaro and 1981 La Cenerentola- but being someone who loves Mozart's opera I found myself very impressed by it.

It does look stunning visually. Despite the first world war setting, the film still maintains the opera fairy-tale feel, and the setting is evoked to poignant effect. On top of that, the costumes and sets do look beautiful, the effects dazzle and the cinematography shows a lot of skill. Mozart's music alone is worth the watch, with gems like the Overture, Papagaeno's Birdcatcher song, the Act 1 quintet, Dies Bildnis Ist Bezaubernd Schön, the duet between Pamina and Papagaeno, Ah Ich Fuhl, the Isis Und Osiris chorale, Der Halle Roche, In Diesen Heil'Gen Hallen, the scene between Pamina and the Three Boys and Papagaeno and Papagaena's duet, it is one of his best scores. Stylishly played and conducted, the film is a musical treat.

Stephen Fry's writing I quite liked, a lot of it is very witty and poetic. There are a couple of scenes where the writing doesn't quite work, such as in Sarastro's Isis Und Osiris, but overall I was entertained. The story, although the librettos of Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni are perhaps stronger and more compelling, is still powerful and moving to me, if missing some of the themes of the opera to make it even more gripping(ie. the whole Masonic idea). Of the characters, I was thrilled by Queen of the Night and Sarastro is noble and firm. However I was disappointed with Monostatos. Now here is a character that can either way, from overplayed, under-characterised or just right, and is perhaps the opera's most controversial character. But this is perhaps for me the first time where Monostatos' role is somewhat pointless.

Of the leads, Lyubov Petrova is the dramatic standout in a thrilling, hard-edged and often chilling performance as the fiendishly challenging role of Queen of the Night, especially with those eyes. Vocally, I have to say Rene Pape stood out by a mile. Not only is his Sarastro firm, noble and also comforting, but his voice is one of the warmest and most beautiful basso voices of recent times. He alone makes Isis Und Osiris worth watching, though as I've said I don't consider the scene in this film among the best versions of that aria, but I actually found In Diesen Heil'Gen Hallen to show off his vocal and character strengths more effectively.

Benjamin Jay Davis is a fun and charming Papagaeno, and Silvia Moi is suitably pert in the role of Papagaena. Together, they(and the older version of Papagaena) are a hoot. Joseph Kaiser is a dashing and not too stiff Tamino, and Amy Carson's Pamina is radiant and moving. These two really convince together. The Three Ladies are wonderfully kinky, the Three Boys shine with their simple charm and the chorus work is very well balanced. Branagh on the whole directs beautifully, I could tell even by the interviews and featurette of this Magic Flute that he had put a lot of thought and care into the film. It shows.

All in all, a very good, well sung and acted and magical film. I personally don't consider it the best version or production of the opera that I've seen(2003 Covent Garden, 1978 Glyndebourne, 1982 Salzburg, 1975 Bergman film and 1971 Peter Ustinov-directed version) and it is not perfect, but for any opera or Kenneth Branagh fans it is worth watching. 8/10 Bethany Cox

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What is Your Favourite Song, from this Opera? Girl_Friday_
Lost in Translation sabi2240
Release date jen_walker_17
DVD release/Liz Smth hannah-dickman
Release Date? natalia_hamlet_pandora
Monostratos susanaadelante
Discuss The Magic Flute (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: