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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anton
... Doctor Parnassus
... Martin
... Martin's Girlfriend
... Friend of Martin
... Valentina
... Percy
... Face Changed Martin
... Policeman
Lorraine Cheshire ... Mum
... Dad
Lewis Gott ... Diego
Sian Scott ... Linda
Simon Day ... Uncle Bob (as Simon Daye)
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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8 January 2010 (USA)  »

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El imaginario mundo del Doctor Parnassus  »

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$40,000,000 (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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After his passing, Verne Troyer and Lily Cole both got heart tattoos in memory of Heath Ledger. Lily Cole's tattoo is visable on her wrist in a few scenes throughout the film, including the one inside the mirror when she is wearing the red dress and Colin Farrell is playing Tony. See more »

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At the temple bird feces lands on Mr. Nick's right shoulder. In the next shot, his jacket is clean. See more »

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Anton: [on Tony] He's nothing but a liar, Valentina!
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References Alice in Wonderland (1951) See more »

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Written by Jack Brooks, Harry Warren
Licensed courtesy of Sony / ATV Harmony & Four Jays Music Publishing
Concertina Performed by Ray Templeton
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A masterpiece - go see it
28 December 2009 | by See 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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