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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

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Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard.

Director:

Alfonso Cuarón

Writers:

J.K. Rowling (novel), Steve Kloves (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 51 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter
Richard Griffiths ... Uncle Vernon
Pam Ferris ... Aunt Marge
Fiona Shaw ... Aunt Petunia
Harry Melling ... Dudley Dursley
Adrian Rawlins ... James Potter
Geraldine Somerville ... Lily Potter
Lee Ingleby ... Stan Shunpike
Lenny Henry ... Shrunken Head
Jimmy Gardner Jimmy Gardner ... Ernie the Bus Driver
Gary Oldman ... Sirius Black
Jim Tavaré ... Tom the Innkeeper
Robert Hardy ... Cornelius Fudge
Abby Ford Abby Ford ... Young Witch Maid
Rupert Grint ... Ron Weasley

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Storyline

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is having a tough time with his relatives (yet again). He runs away after using magic to inflate Uncle Vernon's (Richard Griffiths') sister Marge (Pam Ferris), who was being offensive towards Harry's parents. Initially scared for using magic outside the school, he is pleasantly surprised that he won't be penalized after all. However, he soon learns that a dangerous criminal and Voldemort's trusted aide Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban Prison and wants to kill Harry to avenge the Dark Lord. To worsen the conditions for Harry, vile creatures called Dementors are appointed to guard the school gates and inexplicably happen to have the most horrible effect on him. Little does Harry know that by the end of this year, many holes in his past (whatever he knows of it) will be filled up and he will have a clearer vision of what the future has in store. Written by Soumitra

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Rated PG for frightening moments, creature violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Chris Columbus sold to Steven Spielberg the scripts for Gremlins (1984) and The Goonies (1985), but his career didn't fully take off until the massive successes of Home Alone (1990), Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), which then led to the greater success of the Harry Potter franchise. See more »

Goofs

(at around 19 mins) When Harry, Ron, and Hermione first enter their train compartment with Lupin sleeping, the train appears to be shaking, but the liquid in Lupin's bottle does not move. See more »

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[first lines]
Harry: Lumos Maxima!
[five times]
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Crazy Credits

Several fun variations in the Marauder's Map credits: -One set of footprints enters a room called "Stink Bomb Store" and several pairs of footprints leave very quickly. -Dog paw-prints and owl talon-prints move around the map. -The footprints react to the text, hopping over the names or going around them. -The Grindylows from The Goblet of Fire are introduced on the map with the Grindylow Lagoon. -Sirius Black's footprints go from shoes to bare feet, then turn into dog's paw-prints. -Two pairs of footprints appear to be kissing in a secluded corner. -One pair of footprints is chased by another. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the film was shot in the Super 35 process, the Full Screen DVD version Pans and Scans as if it were shot in Anamorphic Widescreen instead of properly framing it for Full Frame as most Super 35 films are. See more »

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References Army of Darkness (1992) See more »

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Hot Liquorice
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Written by Dick Walter
Played during the 'Boggart-Lesson' on the gramophone.
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Mischief managed!
5 June 2018 | by BiiivALSee all my reviews

The third film about the young wizard is the most controversial, for it was he who split the fans of the novels about Potter into two warring parties: conservatives and innovators.

The first group of fans absolutely condemned and condemned the actions of the director Cuaron, altered "Harry Potter" in his own way. Say, they did not like the strange werewolf, all sorts of jokes-jokes, interspersed by the director in addition to the script, and in addition to all the claims they discovered the disappearance of the atmosphere of magic, because of which the popular expression of "Quaron in the furnace" was born.

The second group, on the contrary, furiously began to praise Cuaron, extolling him to the unprecedented pedestal of fame, thus creating almost a cult of personality. They liked everything that only they could like in the third film.

Only now it became clear that both sides are not right in their convictions. So it should be, movies must be different in essence. The error crept in from the very beginning: Chris Columbus took the first two films, and this put the old debate on what kind of movies Harry Potter should be about. Columbus did not have to give the right to shoot two films, and one would suffice. Spectators are used to the atmosphere of the first two films, because most of the audience took the innovative approach of Quaron to the screen version of the third novel with bayonets. Now the producers make a mistake again - they give the right to shoot two films (The Order of the Phoenix and The Half-Blood Prince) to the new director David Yates. This should not be done in any case. It is necessary to preserve the diversity of director's visions. Hogwarts is not accidentally depicted in different ways in films, like Hogsmeade. Everything in novels is seen differently every time, because all the reader and viewer sees through the eyes of Harry Potter, and in films through the prism of the director's vision, the viewer must perceive the magical world through the eyes of a young wizard. Alfonso Cuaron still hit the spot with his timely vision of the plot of "The Prisoner of Azkaban."

He created a sparkling tragicomedy for the growing up of a young wizard.

In general, Cuaron's film reminds me of our old Soviet films. For the reason that the whole film can be easily taken away on the shots, quotes, fragments, heroes, soundtracks, etc., etc. Despite everything, this film is much kinder than the previous two, differing in their gloomy Gothic style. It's more fun, crazy, and it should be, because it's Sirius Black himself on the scene!

For the whole of Rowling's novel, like the film of Quaron, is a tribute to the memory of the crazy, hooliganistic and such lonely Sirius Black ... Black, whose heart is beating violently, hot blood flows in his veins, and in the soul is truly dog devotion. The third film, as well as the film, is dedicated to the looters - James Potter (= Harry Potter), Peter Pettigrew, Rimus Lupine and Sirius Black - a group of friends who used to be friends a long time ago ...

The film ruthlessly shows how easy it is to lose friendship and how difficult it is to acquire a friend ...

Thanks to Alfonso Cuaron, who did a talented work, showing in one stroke all the huge gallery of the characters of the magical world and their essence: the Minister of Magic plunges into a puddle; the soothsayer with big glasses on her nose stumbles on her own table; The evil teacher Severus Snape closes the children from the werewolf; eccentric Dumbledore slams his hand over Ron's gnarled leg; Remus Lupine, at the lesson, takes a snack with an apple; portraits of Hogwarts, it turns out, also like to sleep; Stan Shanpike with his brave words is not very strong in dragging student suitcases; Hagrid and ties are incompatible things; Tom from the Leaky Cauldron has a nehyl auto; Ernie, wearing spectacles with large lenses, is led by the "Night Knight"; Sirius Black finally began to talk moral nonsense ... Also it is necessary to thank the new actors, so successfully merged into the old line-up:

Emma Thompson (Sibyl Trelawney); Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore); David Thulis (Remus Lupine); Julie Christie (Madame Rosmerta); Gary Oldman (Sirius Black); Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew) and many others. By the way, if my memory does not change me, then the two actors from the third film (cleaning woman in the bar "Leaky Cauldron" and Aunt Marge) Quaron quietly consigned to his other project - "Child of Man", but that's another story ...

Let me love the fourth film about Harry Potter (director - Mike Newell), but I always revise the Curaron part - it is the brightest of all existing.

In a word, long live Rowling and Cuaron!

"Potter, come back!" (Severus Snape, potions teacher).


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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,687,367, 6 June 2004

Gross USA:

$249,975,996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$796,208,921
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2.39 : 1
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