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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

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

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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

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

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8 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$334,183 (USA) (25 December 2009)

Gross:

$7,689,458 (USA) (21 May 2010)
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One of Tom Waits' most infamous music videos is for his song "God's Away On Business". Waits plays the Devil in this film. In both this film and in the music video, he makes use of a black umbrella. See more »

Goofs

When Percy, Valentina and Anton are counting money and Valentina says: "Hey, maybe my birthday won't be so bad". Percy is looking down at money in his hands. In the next shot his posture and facial expression is completely different. See more »

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Dr. Parnassus: [Repeated line] What would I do without you, Percy?
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After the credits, Tony's mobile ring tone can clearly be heard See more »

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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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Japanese Sandman
Performed by Chris Garrick, Martin Robertson, Phil Todd, Jamie Talbot,
Derek Watkins, John Barclay, Neil Sidwell, Owen Slade,
, Dave Hartley, John Parricelli, Ian Thomas
Written by Ray Egan (as Raymond B. Egan), Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
Published by Warner Chappell Music Canada o/b/o WB Music Corp. and Redwood Music Ltd
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Requires an IQ over 80 and at least a 15 second attention span
28 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many reviewers wrote they could not sit through the film. Sadly, in today's "I must constantly be entertained with my 1.5 second attention span", moviegoers tend to actually stomach "Gone In Sixty Seconds" yet cannot follow an intelligent, thoughtful film, replete with the fantastic imagination of Terry Gilliam. I had little trouble not only following this film, but following the changes of characters caused by Heath Ledger's death. Actually, the best of the characters was Johnny Depp, as usual. Everyone else who played the part, including Ledger, seemed to be walking through the lines. Overall, I loved the film. It definitely should have won best set decoration, and Christopher Plummer should have been a candidate for best actor. But as I said, short attention spans and focus on mindless drivel like the constant barrage of car theft shows indicates a somewhat less sophisticated audience that may not appreciate an intelligent film.


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