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The Golden Compass (2007)

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In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

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Chris Weitz

Writers:

Chris Weitz (screenplay), Philip Pullman (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Mrs. Coulter
Daniel Craig ... Lord Asriel
Dakota Blue Richards ... Lyra
Ben Walker ... Roger
Freddie Highmore ... Pantalaimon (voice)
Ian McKellen ... Iorek Byrnison (voice)
Eva Green ... Serafina Pekkala
Jim Carter ... John Faa
Tom Courtenay ... Farder Coram
Ian McShane ... Ragnar Sturlusson (voice)
Sam Elliott ... Lee Scoresby
Christopher Lee ... First High Councilor
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Stelmaria (voice)
Edward de Souza ... Second High Councilor
Kathy Bates ... Hester (voice)
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Storyline

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust--discovered in the vast Arctic expanse of the North--was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, 'gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle... Written by Krista

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Taglines:

"It is the Alethiometer. It tells the truth. As for how to read it, you'll have to learn by yourself." See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Icelandic | Russian | French

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La brújula dorada See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£7,243,984 (United Kingdom), 9 December 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,783,232, 9 December 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,107,728

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$346,000,000
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In July 2003, Tom Stoppard was hired to write the screenplay. A year later, when Chris Weitz was hired to direct, he rejected Stoppard's script, preferring to adapt Philip Pullman's work himself. See more »

Goofs

Right before Lord Asriel is captured, he slides over a cliff of ice. In the first shot of him when he reaches the bottom at 42:11, he has a large scrape on one side of his face, but in the next and following scenes it is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Serafina Pekkala: There are many universes and many Earths parallel to each other. Worlds like yours, where people's souls live inside their bodies, and worlds like mine, where they walk beside us, as animal spirits we call daemons.
Stelmaria: Are we going to see the child?
Lord Asriel: I should think so.
Serafina Pekkala: So many worlds. But connecting them all is Dust. Dust was here before the witches of the air, the Gyptians of the water, and the bears of the ice. In my world, scholars invented an alethiometer - a golden compass - and it...
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Crazy Credits

The New Line Cinema logo appears in a golden light at the start and end of the film.

At the end of the logo is accompanied by an ice bear's roar. See more »


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Lady in the Water
[Theme in the trailer for "The Golden Compass"]
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A real let down
6 December 2007 | by adam-1494See all my reviews

Having seen the Golden Compass I can honestly say Im hoping they don't make a follow up.

The story was truncated beyond the necessity involved in translating a book to film, the intricacies of the characters (especially Lyra) were swept over with a series of single scene expositions, that despite the talents of all the actors involved failed to accurately portray their persona's or motivations.

Whether or not you agree with Pullmans subtext in the book or not, the film failed miserably to deliver any semblance of the authors story.

On the plus side the Daemons and other effects were expertly achieved, fantastically voiced. The actors did their best with what came across as a disjointed, amateurish script. Key plot hocks were evaded, key sub text elements were missing and the directors clear priority of not offending any member of a dogmatic organised religion shone through the entire production.

In a few words: Great actors and effects in an unworthy script that was neither a faithful production of Pullmans work nor anything other than a flawed attempt to achieve box office takings.


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