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A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

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Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp. Written by Gloria

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Every story ever written is just waiting to become real.


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Rated PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language | See all certifications »

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23 January 2009 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£700,146 (UK) (12 December 2008)

Gross:

$17,281,832 (USA) (3 April 2009)
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Trivia

Cornelia Funke visited the film's British set several times, to the great joy of director/producer Iain Softley, who was proud of seeing Funke's pleasure at seeing her words come to life. See more »

Goofs

The subtitle at the start of the movie says "Twelve years later". In the Russian version the narrator says (in Russian) "Twenty years later". See more »

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Mo 'Silvertongue' Folchart: Well that makes sense, you speaking weasel.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Written by Tom Baxter
Performed by Eliza Bennett (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
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15 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable film; maybe not as exciting and a bit more contrived than I'd been looking forward to, but it was still very enjoyable in the main.

But one thing stood out above any other in this film; and that was: Paul Bettany's performance as Dustfinger.

He was just brilliant, and absolutely stole the film for me. I thought he was a good actor anyway, but the moment he came on I had to stop and think "wow!", and I continued to be impressed throughout the film, as his character development just got more and more interesting. I felt far more sympathy with his character than Brendan Frasers (even though I think he's fantastic!), and I felt that he was the true 'main character' of the film (in the same way as Sam is to Lord of the Rings).

If anyone is unsure about seeing Inkheart, I would suggest that it is a must-see if only for Paul Bettany's absolutely stunning performance; he is intense, emotional, funny, troubled, heroic and just plain brilliant.

Also high praise for Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, who were very refreshing. I did feel more could have been done with Andy Serkis and Brendan Fraser, they didn't wow me as much as I'd expected.

But overall a very enjoyable film!!


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