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Inkheart (2008)

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A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

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Iain Softley

Writers:

David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay), Cornelia Funke (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Mo
Sienna Guillory ... Resa
Eliza Bennett ... Meggie (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
Richard Strange ... Bookshop Proprietor
Paul Bettany ... Dustfinger
Helen Mirren ... Elinor
Matt King ... Cockerell
Steve Speirs ... Flatnose
Jamie Foreman ... Basta
Stephen Graham ... Fulvio
Mirabel O'Keefe Mirabel O'Keefe ... Young Meggie
Andy Serkis ... Capricorn
John Thomson ... Darius
Lesley Sharp ... Mortola
Tereza Srbova ... Rapunzel (as Tereza Srbová)
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Storyline

Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp. Written by Gloria

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Every story ever written is just waiting to become real.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ink Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Laigueglia, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,341,965 (Germany), 14 December 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,601,379, 25 January 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,303,424, 9 April 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,490,374, 3 May 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Italian Riviera Film Commission helped to find an abandoned and suitably spooky town to serve as Capricorn's lair. See more »

Goofs

In the escape sequence, the metal bars that kept Resa behind appear and disappear in between scenes. In a few scenes, she could've easily gone through the gap between the bars. See more »

Quotes

Meggie Folchart: Having writer's block? Maybe I can help.
Fenoglio: Oh yes, that's right. You want to be a writer, don't you?
Meggie Folchart: You say that as if it's a bad thing.
Fenoglio: Oh no, it's just a lonely thing. Sometimes the world you create on the page seems more friendly and alive than the world you actually live in.
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Munich Schmankerl
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Performed by The Bavarian Band And Chorus
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Fairly faithful, but bad ending.
26 December 2008 | by GrowlytedSee all my reviews

Cornelia Funke is my favourite author and so I was nervous about the transfer to the screen. I knew there would be inevitable cuts and changes, which could take the heart out of the story. The actors (with the exception of Helen Mirren) didn't match what I had in my head. Could they capture the in depth personalities?

As it turned out, my casting concerns were unfounded, although there was an annoying line from Capricorn. (In the trailer, unfortunately.) The cuts are noticeable, but acceptable. Same goes for the majority of changes. I enjoyed the first two sections, but then came the ending. I won't say how it's changed, but it was WRONG. In fact it was so WRONG, that there will be difficulties sequel-wise.

The best way to enjoy Inkheart is to lose yourself in the book. I hope this film encourages viewers to do just that.

7/10


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