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Pandaemonium (2000)

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Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution.

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Julien Temple
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linus Roache ... Samuel Coleridge
John Hannah ... William Wordsworth
Samantha Morton ... Sara Coleridge
Emily Woof ... Dorothy Wordsworth
Emma Fielding ... Mary Wordsworth
Andy Serkis ... John Thelwall
Samuel West ... Robert Southey
Michael Harbour Michael Harbour ... Walsh
William Scott-Masson ... Tom Poole
Clive Merrison ... Dr. Gillman
Dexter Fletcher ... Humphry Davy
Guy Lankester Guy Lankester ... Lord Byron
Andrea Lowe ... Edith Southey
Jacqueline Defferary Jacqueline Defferary ... Miss Holland
Andy de la Tour ... Andrew Crosse
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Storyline

Friendship and betrayal between two poets during the French Revolution.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pandemonium See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The surname of Poet Laureate Robert Southey is mispronounced consistently by all actors and actresses throughout this movie. It should be "SUH-thee", not "SOUTH-ee". See more »

Goofs

As they are rolling around from the effects of "Thornapple", the shot of the clouds rolling by show the quick streak of the exhaust of a jet airplane zipping from bottom to top of the picture. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Like one that on a lonesome road doth walk in fear and dread, and having once turned 'roud walks on and turns no more his head, because he knows a frightful fiend doth close behind him tred. 'Tis a strange place this limbo, not a place yet named so.
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Crazy Credits

The credits start with one letter, which becomes the name of the person involved. They don't seem to make any sense, but most are letters incorporated in the word PANDAEMONIUM (the last Text before the Cast Listing starts). See more »

Connections

References Xanadu (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Xanadu
Written by Jeff Lynne
Published by EMI Songs Ltd.
Performed by Lisa
Courtesy of Almighty Records, London
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I wandered lonely as a cow into the video store. . .
16 August 2004 | by chetleySee all my reviews

I wandered lonely as a cow into the video store. . . and then I rented this film. Alas. I think the director was trying to channel the spirit of Ken Russell while he was making this film. Unfortunately, it was only during the last 15 minutes that the movie took a full bodied lurch into unintentionally comic melodramatic absurdity. With its utter disregard for the historic record, "Pandaemonium" attempts to do for England's greatest Romantic poets what "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" did for the Arthurian legends - but (sadly) without the wit or the humor.

Why is it that so many films about poets fail to convey any essence of poetry? Perhaps if you don't know anything about Wordsworth or Coleridge (or you don't care) you might be satisfied with "Pandaemonium," but I find it impossible to recommend a film that slanders the former while portraying the latter as a slathering dope fiend.

(I did enjoy the "Xanadu" music video shown over the ending credits - now that was truly trashy.)


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