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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

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
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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, 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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The journey is about to begin...


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Official Sites:

Sony

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Bahamas

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,837, 7 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,186,747, 4 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,977,246, 7 December 2000
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DTS 70 mm | IMAX 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Wonderful scenery and acts; deficient narration
20 June 2000 | by paeSee all my reviews

The acts were marvelous. The outdoor scenery was wonderful. And Cirque reveals its dark side in several of the acts -- the closing of the Bungee acrobats scene comes to mind. I would give this feature a PG rating or maybe PG-13. Those who have seen Quidam/Mystere/O will have a sense of reunion with some long-lost friends. None of the sense of wonder I originally had with these wonderful live shows is lost in the IMAX format.

The narrator's script is the absolute pits. It is just way too pompous and serious for the material. I fondly wish that Woody Allen could do a post-production overdub of the voice in the grand style of "What's Up, Tiger Lily (1966)". Now, *that* would be fun!


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