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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Coulter
... Lord Asriel
... Lyra
... Roger
... Pantalaimon (voice)
... Iorek Byrnison (voice)
... Serafina Pekkala
... John Faa
... Farder Coram
... Ragnar Sturlusson (voice)
... Lee Scoresby
... First High Councilor
... Stelmaria (voice)
... Second High Councilor
... Hester (voice)
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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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There are worlds beyond our own - the compass will show the way. See more »


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

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7 December 2007 (USA)  »

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$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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George R.R. Martin once cited this film as one of the reasons he wanted Game of Thrones (2011) to be a television series, rather than his books being turned into movies. See more »

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When Mrs. Coulter is about to deploy the small robotic bugs to seek out Lyra, she says, "They'll seek her out like bees to honey." Bees do not seek out honey, they seek out the nectar and pollen to make honey. Nonetheless, "like bees to honey" is an old expression based on the affinity of many bees for anything sweet, to which those with an unguarded hummingbird feeder can attest. See more »

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

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Lyra
Written and Performed by Kate Bush
Featuring The Choristers of Magdalen College Choir, Oxford
Conductor: Bill Ives
With Thanks to Andrew Halls
Kate Bush appears courtesy of Noble and Brite Limited / EMI Records Limited
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A disgrace to the books
21 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

I'm an incredibly big fan of the trilogy "His Dark Materials" and I can safely say that if you are too, you will want stay away from this movie. While it essentially follows the general plot of the book, it has captured nothing of the original magic of the books and has changed a ridiculous amount for no apparent reason. I can understand missing bits out due to time restrictions, but the movie has completely ripped the book up and then sellotaped it together in a mix mash of the original plot. Not only that but it is incredibly dumbed down, probably to suit the audience.

I could go on detailing the failings of what could a have been an excellent movie, but I think that Luke Ewing has said pretty much everything I feel. I highly recommend that you save any money from going to the cinema and buy the books. You'll soon understand why we are so annoyed with this joke of a movie.

I'm just glad I didn't waste any of my money to see this utter rubbish. If I were Philip Pullman, I would have shot myself just so I can spin in my grave!


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