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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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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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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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Jena Malone, Gemma Arterton, Romola Garai, Abbie Cornish, and Mia Wasikowska all auditioned for the role of Valentina. See more »

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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

Martin: [Chasing after Valentina in the Imaginarium] Come here, you bitch!
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A gold star for behaviour far beyond the call of duty: Ray Cooper See more »

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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Say It With Music
Performed by Chris Garrick, Martin Robertson, Phil Todd, Jamie Talbot,
Derek Watkins, John Barclay, Neil Sidwell, Owen Slade, Dave Hartley, John Parricelli, Ian Thomas
Written by Irving Berlin
Licensed courtesy of: Irving Berlin Music Company
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The Surrealistic and Imaginary World of Terry Gilliam
14 February 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) promises to the audiences 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 (Lily Cole), to the midget Percy (Verne Troyer), and his assistant Anton (Andrew Garfield), he claims to have more than one thousand years; however, when he felt in love for a mortal, he made a deal with the devil Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) trading his immortality per youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on the sixteenth birthday. Valentina now is almost in the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus bets with Mr. Nick that whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony (Heath Ledger) that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians that explains why he had been chased and he joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love for each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competitor is a liar.

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is another original movie with the surrealistic and imaginary world of Terry Gilliam and last work of Heath Ledger that had to be replaced by Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell in the "Imaginarium" to complete the missing scenes. Further, the trio of actors has donated their income with this film to Heath Ledger's daughter to guarantee her financial situation in the future in magnanimous attitudes. The duel between Doctor Parnassus and Mr. Nick together with the vision of the world of fantasy of Terry Gilliam is awesome. For those that liked this movie, I would like to recommend the also surrealistic "O Homem Que Desafiou o Diabo". My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Imaginário Mundo do Doutor Parnassus" ("The Imaginary World of Doctor Parnassus")


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