The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Terry Gilliam's imagination ran rioter than normal when Heath Ledger died halfway through this movie. Roping in some famous buddies, the filming went on, leading to some confused viewers at the end. The story is basically about the aged Doctor Parnassus, who made a deal with the devil regarding his sexy young daughter, and who is now fast approaching her sixteenth birthday. Help (possibly) arrives when they rescue a man hanging from a bridge, who happens to have a somewhat magical talent, but is anyone able to succesfully outwit the devil?

120 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 13 (Language, Violence).
Adventure, Detective/Mystery, On the art circuit

Not currently showing on the local cinema circuit.

I wish the young men would stop dying...
I wish the young men would stop dying...


Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer
Terry Gilliam
ScreenplayTerry Gilliam, Charles McKeown
MusicJeff Danna, Mychael Danna
CinematographyNicola Perorini
EditingMick Audsley
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
Made in2009
Produced byInfinity Features, Poo Poo Pictures, Davis-Films, Grosvenor Park Productions, Parnassus Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreAdventure, mystery, fantasy
LanguageMild to moderate, infrequent, mild impact
NudityVery brief non-sexual nudity, infrequent, no impact
SexVery brief mildly implied, low impact
ViolenceMild to moderate action fantasy violence, not bloody or gory
BlasphemyMild infrequent profanities
Drug abuseSome alcohol abuse in context, brief use of cigarettes
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Die Burger
Jeanne Calitz quote iconUitbundige ode aan verbeelding
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan quote iconMadness, mirrors and magic
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconNow what I see are a group of experienced actors gamely trying to keep their heads while all about are losing theirs.
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconThe Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is every inch a Gilliam movie, for better and for worse.
James Berardinelli quote iconIf I was a teacher and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was a student's paper, I would give it an ''incomplete.''
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconIt's a chance to see Ledger one last time in the act of doing what he loved. Take it.
30 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
173 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconTerry Gilliam remains as indulgent as ever, but The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus represents a return to the intoxicatingly imaginative, darkly beautiful power of his earlier work, with fine performances to match all the visual spectacle.

What the People say

27534 Netizens quote iconThe whole is not the sum of the parts - at least not on a single viewing

Average .. 65%



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