218 user 286 critic

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

1:44 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.


1,598 ( 199)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Riddell ...
Martin's Girlfriend
Friend of Martin
Lorraine Cheshire ...
Lewis Gott ...
Sian Scott ...
Simon Day ...
Uncle Bob (as Simon Daye)
Moya Brady ...
Aunty Flo


In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his ... Written by RubyRed, Seattle, Washington USA

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The man who tried to cheat the devil.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| | |


| |

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El imaginario mundo del Doctor Parnassus  »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£905,786 (United Kingdom), 18 October 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$334,183, 27 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,689,607, 27 May 2010
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


First Terry Gilliam film since Twelve Monkeys (1995) to be nominated for any Academy Awards. Both films were nominated for two Awards but did not win either. Both were also nominated for Best Costume Design. See more »


At the part where Tony (played by Colin Farrell) and Valentina are in the Gondola, there is a shadow of someone walking behind the screen, in the back, between when they are talking about how perfect it is and that they have to make a choice. See more »


Tony: The Imaginarium does not cost a thing. We're not here for money.
See more »

Crazy Credits

A gold star for behaviour far beyond the call of duty: Ray Cooper See more »


Swany Whistle
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Ludwig Van Beethoven)
Performed by Graham Sutton
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Mind-blowing adventure with realistic reflection
30 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Well today I've seen Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; I would say it's great! Terry Gilliam made another masterful work in his traditional vein of early works. Undoubtedly it could be better, but considering complicated circumstances under which were whole creation of the movie this is not just concocted story, it's elaborately tailored picture with heart and deep sense.

Looks a little bit patchy at first view, I suppose it's related with the death of Heath Ledger who didn't end his performance nevertheless Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell imbue the movie with new shapes and different atmosphere. They not worse they just different, somebody may deny such substitution but they need to think at first. What choice Gilliam had? These tree actors are probably the best that cinema industry has for this role. Without them, this film won't even exist.

This film is not for everyone, there are lacks of hints to get accurate picture and you'll need to face a lot of puzzles within it. But obviously when you begin to peer into the deepest niceties you start to understand all charming aspects and the main idea. This entire story filled with dozens of perplexing moments due to the abstract reality mood yet it's all looks really stunning and amazing especially perfectly contrived mysterious clouds around Heath Ledger's character Tony. His enigmatic origin has specific magnetism, it takes spectator's mind and don't give him any chance to digress from twists and turns of the plot and constantly keeps him on tenterhooks. No doubt this work deserves the highest mark, Gilliam made a great job and I believe his efforts and efforts of all who were involved in the creation of this masterpiece won't escape from clever viewers.

Pity that it is the last movie of Heath Ledger, because in fact it's not a film about his character, it is basically about Doctor Parnassus. But still I'm happy that last film of Ledger was so terrific and magnificent. Ledger left us beautifully like such outstanding actors should. Rest in peace Heath we all know that you were the best. And you still the best, cos like Johny Depp sad in the movie ''Nothing is permanent, not even death''.

52 of 83 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 218 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page