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Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (2000)

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A child is born. We see underwater swimmers representing this. He is young, in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McKellen ... Narrator (voice)
Nicky Dewhurst Nicky Dewhurst ... Young Man
Brian Dewhurst Brian Dewhurst ... Old Man
Ana Karagy Ana Karagy ... Vagabond Girl (as Anait Karagyezyan)
Chris Van Wagenen Chris Van Wagenen ... Youth
Kenny Raskin Kenny Raskin ... Man
Cully Smoller Cully Smoller ... Infant / Child
Mikhail Matorin Mikhail Matorin ... Cube Act
Yves Decoste Yves Decoste ... Statue Act
Marie-Laure Mesnage Marie-Laure Mesnage ... Statue Act
Jennifer Clément Jennifer Clément ... Character Statue Act (Mephisto Stilt Demon)
Konstantine Besschetnyj Konstantine Besschetnyj ... Banquine
Yelena Kolesnikova Yelena Kolesnikova ... Banquine
Aleksandr Leontiev Aleksandr Leontiev ... Banquine
Oleg Ouchakov Oleg Ouchakov ... Banquine


A child is born. We see underwater swimmers representing this. He is young, in a jungle setting, with two fanciful "instincts" guiding him as swooping bird-like acrobats initially menace, then delight. As an adolescent, he enters a desert, where a man spins a large cube of metal tubing. He leaves his instinct-guides behind, and enters a garden where two statues dance in a pond. As he watches their sensual acrobatics of love, he becomes a man. He is offered wealth (represented by a golden hat) by a devil figure. In a richly decorated room, a scruffy troupe of a dozen acrobats and a little girl reawaken the old man's youthful nature and love. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

5 May 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,837, 7 May 2000

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Sound Mix:

DTS 70 mm | IMAX 6-Track



Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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22 April 2004 | by wurliguySee all my reviews

This is the very best 3D IMAX movie I have seen, also the best Cirque du Soleil I have seen. I have seen it 4 times so far.

This movie is very, very beautiful, very artistic, and the acts are no less than perfect in their execution. The sheer strength and control of the performers is awe inspiring.

Everything about this movie is fantastically beautiful.

The production values are exceptional.

The photography is exceptional.

The settings are absolutely beautiful.

The costumes are beautiful and either extremely colorful or perfectly designed for the act they represent, for example the "Living Statues" painted to look like marble. They are all very imaginative.

The 3D effects make this movie alive in a way nothing else can. It leaves you wishing for more and more and more.

I can find no faults with this movie, it is a must see movie especially in 3D, You leave the theatre feeling like you have seen a great work of art.

I wish I could find this movie on 3D DVD. (Shutterglasses) I would add it to my collection.

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