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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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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:

$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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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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

Mr. Nick: I don't suppose you're a... betting man, are ya Doc?
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A gold star for behaviour far beyond the call of duty: Ray Cooper See more »

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Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.53 (2009) See more »

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Written by Henry Busse, Lou Davis and Henry Lange (as Henry F. Lange)
Performed by Chris Garrick, Martin Robertson, Phil Todd, Jamie Talbot, Derek Watkins, John Barclay, Neil Sidwell, Owen Slade, Dave Hartley, John Parricelli, Ian Thomas
Published by EMI Feist Catalog Inc. and Redwood Music Ltd
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Fantastic!
28 July 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Well, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is the type of movie you have to watch to fully grasp, because words hardly do it justice. And this is exactly what you'd expect to come from the imagination of director Terry Gilliam; something that is so odd and bizarre, yet so stunningly beautiful and coherent at the same time. It is like a surreal mixture of "Alice in Wonderland", "The Chronicles of Narnia", "Monty Python" and "Harry Potter" all rolled into one fabulous mixture.

Not only does it have a great storyline, but "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is also accompanied by fabulous acting performances by those cast for the various roles. And you have some really big names, talented actors and actresses cast for this movie. But even more so, it is accompanied by some really incredible visual effects and ideas.

And the costumes, wow! Those alone are enough to watch the movie, it was nothing short of spectacular.

That being said, it is perhaps a fact that this movie is not suitable for just anyone. I am sure that the oddity and absurdity of it will have some people disapproving. I, however, was drawn in and was enjoying every single minute of the approximate 2 hours the movie ran for.

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is truly a movie that you should give a chance and watch it if you haven't already seen it.


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