The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits

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Overview

Set in the present day, director Terry Gilliam's fantastical morality tale follows the traveling show of the mysterious Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) -- a man who once won a bet with the Devil himself, and possesses the unique ability to guide the imagination of others. Many centuries ago, Dr. Parnassus won immortality in a bet that found the malevolent Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) coming up short. While few would be foolish enough to try their luck against the powers of darkness a second time, Dr. Parnassus did precisely that -- this time trading his mortality for youth on the understanding that his firstborn would become the property of Mr. Nick when the child reaches his or her 16th birthday. Flash-forward to the present day, and Dr. Parnassus' daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole), is about to celebrate her sweet sixteen. Dr. Parnassus is desperate to save his little girl from her fiery fate, so when Mr. Nick arrives to collect, he senses the good doctor's malaise and cooks up a wager too enticing to refuse: Dr. Parnassus and Mr. Nick will each compete to seduce five souls, with possession of Valentina going to whoever manages to complete the task first. As the competition begins to heat up, a mysterious man named Tony (Heath Ledger) appears. Could Tony be the one man capable of helping Dr. Parnassus win the competition and save Valentina? While the sudden death of prominent Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus player Heath Ledger in January of 2008 left Gilliam and company scrambling to find a means of salvaging the film -- which was already well into principal photography at the time -- the cavalry soon arrived in the form of Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who each serve as alternate-dimension versions of Tony when the character crosses through a paranormal mirror.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2010
UPC: 0043396343627
Original Release: 2009
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:03:00
Sales rank: 27,712

Special Features

Go Deep Into Terry Gilliam's Imaginative World!; ; Get a Behind-the-Scenes look at the Visual Effects and See Heath Ledger's Interview and Wardrobe Test; ; Deleted Scenes; Introduction & Commentary by Director Terry Gilliam; 5 Additional Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heath Ledger Tony
Christopher Plummer Doctor Parnassus
Tom Waits Mr. Nick
Johnny Depp Imaginarium Tony #1
Jude Law Imaginarium Tony #2
Colin Farrell Imaginarium Tony #3
Verne Troyer Percy
Andrew Garfield Anton
Lily Cole Valentina
Richard Riddell Martin
Katie Lyons Martin's Girlfriend
Richard Shanks Friend of Martin
Bruce Crawford Face Changed Martin
Johnny Harris Policeman
Lorraine Cheshire Mum
Mark Benton Dad
Lewis Gott Diego
Sian Scott Linda
Simon Day Uncle Bob
Moya Brady Aunty Flo
Charles McKeown Fairgrounds Inspector
Mackenzie Gray First Monk
Yurij Kis Second Monk
Ian Wallace Third Monk
Amanda Walker Shopper
Joann Condon Shopper
Carolyn Pickles Shopper
Paloma Faith Sally
Montserrat Lombard Sally's Friend
Craig Fraser Debonair Gent
Amy Marston Classy Shopper #1
Gwendoline Christie Classy Shopper #2
Lucy Russell Classy Shopper #3
Maggie Steed LV Woman
Ben Cartwright Policeman #1
Gavin Rolph Policeman #2
Bobbi Bysouth LV Woman's reflection
Vitaliy Kravchenko Piotr
Ray Cooper Vladimir
Emil Hostina Serge
Igor Ingelsman Gregor
Sarah Groundwater Sales Girl
Dean Moen Smiling Policeman
Fraser Aitcheson Dancing Policeman
Michael Bean Dancing Policeman
Jase-Anthony Griffith Dancing Policeman
Scott McGillivray Dancing Policeman
John Stewart Dancing Policeman
Chris Cochrane Dancing Policeman
Pearce Visser Dancing Policeman
Patrick Bahrich Dancing Policeman
Georgina Hegedos Baboushka
Cassandra Sawtell Olga
Carrie Genzel Female Journalist
Mark Oliver Male Journalist
Peter Stormare The President
Donna Lysell President's wife
Michael Eklund Tony's Assistant
Rahul Singh Security Guard
Ryan Grantham Little Anton
D. Harlan Cutshall Charity Guest 1
Deni Delory Charity Guest 2
Lisa Bunting Charity Guest 3
Peter New Paramedic 1
Michael Jonsson Paramedic 2
Emma Karwandy Valentina's Daughter
Quinn Lord Young Boy
Bart Anderson Young Boy's Father
Erika Conway Young Boy's Mother
Wendy Carson Nun 1
Christine McMahon Nun 2

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Art Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mick Audsley Editor
Eric Batut Sound/Sound Designer
Mychael Danna Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff Danna Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Brendan Ferguson Production Manager
Tim Fraser Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Gilliam Producer
Lee Grumett Asst. Director
Samuel Hadida Producer
Victor Hadida Executive Producer
Dan Hermansen Art Director
André Jacquemin Sound/Sound Designer
Anastasia Masaro Production Designer
Charles McKeown Screenwriter
Sarah Monzani Makeup
Nicola Pecorini Cinematographer
Monique Prudhomme Costumes/Costume Designer
Suzanne Reid Production Manager
Dennis Schnegg Art Director
Patrice Theroux Executive Producer
Dave Valleau Executive Producer
William Vince Producer
David Warren Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
1. Scene 1 [5:39]
2. Scene 2 [3:55]
3. Scene 3 [3:06]
4. Scene 4 [3:36]
5. Scene 5 [2:40]
6. Scene 6 [4:21]
7. Scene 7 [4:33]
8. Scene 8 [2:28]
9. Scene 9 [2:12]
10. Scene 10 [4:16]
11. Scene 11 [3:27]
12. Scene 12 [5:42]
13. Scene 13 [4:35]
14. Scene 14 [5:30]
15. Scene 15 [4:32]
16. Scene 16 [3:18]
17. Scene 17 [5:58]
18. Scene 18 [2:34]
19. Scene 19 [2:37]
20. Scene 20 [2:16]
21. Scene 21 [5:51]
22. Scene 22 [6:16]
23. Scene 23 [4:07]
24. Scene 24 [2:04]
25. Scene 25 [6:13]
26. Scene 26 [1:54]
27. Scene 27 [5:51]
28. Scene 28 [12:54]

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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peppered_piper More than 1 year ago
Dazzling visuals and spectacular performances characterize the latest confection from director Terry Gilliam. Gilliam's previous films, ranging from the bizarrely-brilliant Brazil to the disastrous The Brothers Grimm, are all imaginative, but Imaginarium blows them away. The special effects are masterful, bright and vivid. Heath Ledger, in his final performance, is perfect as dark, mysterious and irresistably charming Tony. Depp, Law and Farrell fill his absence with respect for Ledger and his work, and donated their salaries for the film to his daughter. Christopher Plummer is genius, as always, and Valentina Cole, in her acting debut, is stunning. Overall, if fans can accept the complicated, twist-filled plot and suspend disbelief, they'll find Imaginarium is a film which caters perfectly to the imagination.
martunes More than 1 year ago
Terry and the cast, Ledger's last movie which is so very sad, out did themselves on this one! It is a great movie that makes you think while entertaining you. I can and have watched it several times and pick up different aspects of the movie each time.
DianaHollins More than 1 year ago
Having been a fan of Terry Gilliam's since his days with the Python team, I was not disappointed in his most recent effort, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The man knows how to bring the best out of his actors, even in the most bizarre situations. Whether they're hanging from a bridge in the cold London weather, or prancing around an imaginary, larger-than-life video game, his actors are believable. Despite the trials that seem to follow Gilliam on his endeavors, Parnassus pulled through all the trouble and grief involved in making the film. It was a bittersweet experience for me as I watched Heath Ledger on the big screen for the last time. His Tony is extremely likable, despite his shadowed past. The Gilliam-Ledger team was remarkable. They were a natural pairing and pure talent at its best. All the actors are delightful to watch, especially veteran actor Christopher Plummer in the title role. Gilliam seamlessly wove Depp, Law, and Farrell into the role of Tony fill Heath's shoes in the fantasy scenes. Hats off to the three of them. The DVD itself is a wonderful addition to the Gilliam library, with all its extras and remarkable picture. Words cannot describe the extra footage of Heath Ledger mugging for the camera in costumes and playing around with the cast on the Imaginarium stage. That alone is worth the price and more. Gilliam captured him as only Gilliam can do. So if you want to escape, even for a short time, treat yourself to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and marvel in the world of Terry Gilliam's imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The was the "other" movie Heath Ledger was working on when he passed. The directors really turned this into a working memorial..
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