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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

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A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

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Terry Gilliam
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Anton
Christopher Plummer ... Doctor Parnassus
Richard Riddell ... Martin
Katie Lyons ... Martin's Girlfriend
Richard Shanks ... Friend of Martin
Lily Cole ... Valentina
Verne Troyer ... Percy
Bruce Crawford ... Face Changed Martin
Johnny Harris ... Policeman
Lorraine Cheshire Lorraine Cheshire ... Mum
Mark Benton ... Dad
Lewis Gott Lewis Gott ... Diego
Sian Scott Sian Scott ... Linda
Simon Day Simon Day ... Uncle Bob (as Simon Daye)
Moya Brady Moya Brady ... Aunty Flo
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In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his ... Written by RubyRed, Seattle, Washington USA

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The man who tried to cheat the devil.


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Rated PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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English | Russian | French

Release Date:

8 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El imaginario mundo del Doctor Parnassus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£905,786 (United Kingdom), 18 October 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$334,183, 27 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,689,607, 27 May 2010
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1.85 : 1
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Due to Johnny Depps's busy schedule with Public Enemies (2009) and Alice in Wonderland (2010), he was only on set for a few hours. There is an online article, where it says Johnny Depp appeared in the movie, because he is close friends with Terry Gilliam and Heath Ledger. See more »

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When Dr. Parnassus is following Valentina through the concourse two young school girls in uniform pass him. Moments later when he's outside looking in the window, the same two girls can be seen entering the library. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Do you dream? Or should I say... can you put a price on your dreams? Or... the dreams of the less fortunate in this world
[pets Percy]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Tony's mobile ring tone can clearly be heard See more »

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Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.73 (2009) See more »

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We Are The Children Of The World
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Music & Lyrics by Terry Gilliam
Arranged by André Jacquemin (as Andre Jacquemin)
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A Future Cult Classic....
23 April 2010 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Terry Gilliam's 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' is what I call, a future Hollywood Cult Classic. An interesting tale of a leader traveling theater troupe who, having made a deal with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations.

'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' which received two nominations at the Academy-Awards this year, will ensure a huge fan following in the coming years. As mentioned, a future cult classic for sure! Gillam's direction is simply awe-inspiring. His writing isn't, it has it's share of flaws, but he can be forgiven.

In the acting department, Christopher Plummer is fantastic, he steals the show with a controlled performance. A true legend! Late Heath Ledger is, as always, good. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law's appearance makes you moist eyed, as they did this role of their late friend Ledger. Oh boy, what a emotional moment!

I recommend this film to everyone.... Thumbs Up!


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