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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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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

When Tony's cell phone rings, the ring tone is "We Are the Children of the World," a song which is repeated at the end of the film, sung by a children's choir. See more »

Goofs

When Anton is playing with Tony's pipe, there is a rough cut where the camera shakes significantly. This choice in editing is most likely due to Ledger's sudden death during production, and not having an alternate take to use. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Parnassus: Percy, what would I do without you?
Percy: Get a midget.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Zardoz (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

We Are The Children Of The World
Music & Lyrics by Terry Gilliam
Arranged by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna
Performed by Jam Theatre Company
Choir Conducted by Jo Noel (as Jo Noel Hartley)
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A masterpiece - go see it
28 December 2009 | by GreenTeaOmSee all my reviews

This is Terry Gilliam's dark masterpiece. It's a brilliant film--there are fabulous, fantastic, surrealistic visual effects; gorgeous cinematography; and stunning performances by an amazing cast of consisting of both famous stars and lesser known (but excellent) actors. It's in the vein of the great European surrealistic movies like Fellini's "8 1/2" or "Satyricon". But--if you're not open to a mind bending, almost psychedelic fantasy and a plot with strange twists and turns that can be challenging to follow, this won't be for you. The cast is terrific--I mean, Tom Waits plays "Old Scratch"--how can you lose? Christopher Plummer is excellent in the title role; Heath Ledger's last performance is stellar. Lily Cole, Johnny Depp, Andrew Garfield, Jude Law, Verne Troyer, and Colin Farrell are also very good. The costumes and sets are gorgeous, though often in a dark and grungy way. By the way--it also ends up being a story about ethical choices in life and how some people are very misleading. Probably not material for a box office hit, sadly, as this film is probably too unusual for most Americans.


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