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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery  |  8 January 2010 (USA)
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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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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 (UK) (16 October 2009)


$7,689,458 (USA) (21 May 2010)

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Did You Know?


According to Terry Gilliam, Tony wears a white suit because he is a "white knight" come to save the Imaginarium. See more »


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 »


Tony: Don't shoot the messenger!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Tony's mobile ring tone can clearly be heard See more »


Edited into Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #17.4 (2009) See more »


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Lyrics by Terry Gilliam
Music by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna
Performed by The Sir Ian Blair Memorial Choir - Ray Cooper, Mick Audsley,
Ed Hall, Terry Gilliam, André Jacquemin (as Andre Jacquemin)
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30 July 2011 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

An experience. That is the best description I can think of every time I see a movie by Terry Gilliam. He truly is a visionary, who's work is like non other. It's as if there are no rules in his line of work. Beautiful, imaginative, sick...It actually is quite hard to describe his work logically, because everything about his work is not based on logic. It is as if his imagination bursts out of his mind beyond the comprehension every time he does a movie, yet everyone of them, in my opinion, is genius. And "The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus" is a perfect example of what Gilliam is capable of.

The story is quite original and imaginative. Of course it definitely is not for everyone, since this movie REALLY stands out. But as for me, I loved everything about it. Everyone who loves stories about bargains with the devil will surely at least like it, because not only does it use this old fashioned element, but here it dressed up really well. It ads a sort of a humor to it, as the all the characters, especially the devil, are presented here with a nicely exaggerated charisma. And the story's drama put together with this interesting sense of humor creates an absolutely fantastic and aberrant overall atmosphere, which will make you enjoy practically every minute of the picture with tranquil satisfaction. The cast is just amazing beyond praise. So many A list actors (Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, etc.)put together in one place, make this film even more enjoyable. And the fact that the character Tony was Heath Ledger's final performance, really makes you pay a lot of attention to his role, which is absolutely FLAWLESS! And the rest of the cast give the most decent performance, especially Christopher Plummer, whose acting here is impossible to complain about for any movie admirer. The visual effects are incredible. Probably even imaginative enough to match the imagination of Mr. Gilliam. At moments of watching some of the more visually superior scenes, I actually thought to myself "How high, and 'on' what Gilliam was, to be capable of creating such pictures?" But of course this director isn't 'on' anything, but a true master in the craft of filmmaking.

Definitely recommended. This movie is a must see for any Terry Gilliam fan, any Heath Ledger fan, and anyone who likes imaginative and bizarre stories.

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