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

Mortimer "Mo" "Silvertongue" Folchart 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 (Andy Serkis) and Basta (Jamie Foreman), two villains, and Dustfinger (Paul Bettany), a fire-eater. Now, ten years later, Meggie (Eliza Bennett) 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.


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

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Cornelia Funke and her family moved from Hamburg, Germany to Los Angeles, California in May 2005 after Funke decided to be one of this movie's producers. See more »

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A sign at the entrance to Elinor's house reads "Don't even think about entering"; underneath there are translated versions. Despite the novel the movie bases on is of German origin, the German translation on Elinor's sign is wrong - "Denk sogar nicht daran..." instead of "Denk nicht einmal daran...". (In the German dubbed cinema version of this movie, there is a voice-over while the sign is on screen, telling the correctly translated version.) See more »

Quotes

Fenoglio: [to Dustfinger] You don't have to be selfish just because that's how I wrote you! You're more than that, you said so yourself.
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Munich Schmankerl
Traditional
Performed by The Bavarian Band And Chorus
Courtesy of Sheridan Square Entertainment, Inc.
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Imagination and fantasy with special effects galore
10 May 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Mo (Brendan Fraser) is good father, happily married who has a special talent to bring personages out of books. But his wife named Resa(Sienna Guillory)has disappeared. One night he brings out various characters named Capricorn and Basta from Inkheart , a book written by Fenoglio (Jim Broadbent) whose story is set in Middle Age and plenty of magical beings. As there suddenly appears Capricorn (Andy Serkis) and Basta (Jamie Foreman), two nasties, and Dustfinger (Paul Bettany), a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie (Eliza Bennett) discovers the truth and she also has supernatural powers . Meggie along with his father and grandmother confront several fantastic adventures, dangers and risks.

This exciting motion picture displays derring-do adventure, romance ,fairy tale ,and spectacular frames with phenomenal production design. The flick gets lots of bombastic special effects including supernatural apparitions, wizards ,legendary heroes and numerous images have you on the edge of your seat. As appears the heroes of tales as ¨1.001 nights¨, ¨the minotaur¨, ¨Rapunzel¨ and several others. Riveting set pieces illuminate the full-blown adventures blending witchcraft, fairies, necromancy and turns out to be extremely amusing. Stimulating adventures of ours protagonists are complemented by a breathtaking final attraction in the castle scenes with incredible appearance of an overwhelming ominous shadow. Casting is frankly extraordinary, Brendan Fraser as impetuous hero, Andy Serkis plays magnificently a shamelessly villain and Helen Mirren as likable grandmother, and brief appearance of Jennifer Connelly as Roxanne, among others. Ideal main cast is completed by phenomenal secondary actors as US as British players. The movie packs a sensational production design by John Beard , accompanied by a glamorous cinematography by Roger Pratt filmed on location, in Italian Riviera, Liguria and Shepperton Studios, Surrey, England, including a mesmerizing photography with wonderful , marvelous landscapes . Emotive soundtrack appropriately adequate to fantasy by Javier Navarrete. The picture is brilliantly directed by Ian Softley. He's a good writer, producer and director,who achieved big time with ¨The skeleton key¨, ¨K-Pax¨, ¨Backbeat¨ and Hackers¨. Rating: Better than average. Essential and indispensable watching for fantastic cinema lovers.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Ink Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Laigueglia, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,601,379, 25 January 2009

Gross USA:

$17,303,424

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,803,180
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