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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

First Terry Gilliam film since Twelve Monkeys (1995) to be nominated for any Academy Awards. Both films were nominated for two Awards but did not win either. Both were also nominated for Best Costume Design. See more »

Goofs

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

Dr. Parnassus: Voilà!
Tony: Voilà!
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Crazy Credits

The credits begin with "A Film from Heath Ledger & Friends", which is tribute to Ledger who passed away during filming, and a nod to his real life friends (Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law), who stepped in to finish his uncompleted scenes. See more »

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Edited into Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #17.4 (2009) See more »

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Street Organ
Written by Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna
Performed by Graham Sutton
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Deep and beautiful movie, requires a special mood and a bit of thinking
29 May 2010 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

It would have been hard not to like this movie, since I had early previews from friends that it is boring and pointless, so my expectations were really down. I did watch it, nonetheless, and I am glad I did. If you ever watched Tideland, you know Terry Gilliam is capable of works of terrible beauty, often concocted from the ugliest bits life can provide; such is this film.

This is Heath Ledger's last film, he died during filming it, but his character is not the main one, just the extra ingredient needed to take all the important ones out of their equilibrium state. Because of this tragedic death, other actors came to fill up the role, such as Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell.

And still, the important character, the Faust that can't keep himself from betting with a mischievous devil that isn't even very unfriendly, is Christopher Plummer's, who played marvelously at his age of 81. I loved the way the devil was toying with him, addicted to playing games that he didn't want to win in the end so that he keeps playing. The visuals were great, the atmosphere both miraculous and brooding, but rarely in the same time. And Lily Cole was cute and sexy as hell.

Bottom line: a weird film that you need to think about to get at his many hidden meanings, with beautiful imaginative imagery and great actors. What is not to like?


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