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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)



Critic Consensus: Terry 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.

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"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. It tells the story of Dr. Parnassus and his 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick, in which he won immortality. Centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr. Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his daughter reached her 16th birthday, she would become the property of Mr Nick.more
Rating: PG-13 (for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2010
Box Office: $7.5M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Christopher Plummer
as Doctor Parnassus
Johnny Depp
as Imaginarium Tony #1
Jude Law
as Imaginarium Tony #2
Colin Farrell
as Imaginarium Tony #3
Tom Waits
as Mr. Nick
Lily Cole
as Valentina
Katie Lyons
as Martin's Girlfriend
Richard Shanks
as Friend of Martin
Bruce Crawford
as Face-Changed Martin
Johnny Harris
as Policeman
Simon Day
as Uncle Bob
Moya Brady
as Aunty Flo
Charles McKeown
as Fairgrounds Inspecto...
Mackenzie Gray
as First Monk
Yurij Kis
as Second Monk
Ian Wallace
as Third Monk
Joann Condon
as Shopper
Montserrat Lombard
as Sally's Friend
Craig Fraser
as Debonair Gent
Amy Marston
as Classy Shopper #1
Gwendoline Christie
as Classy Shopper #2
Lucy Russell
as Classy Shopper #3
Maggie Steed
as LV Woman
Ben Cartwright
as Policeman #1
Gavin Rolph
as Policeman #2
Bobbi Bysouth
as LV Woman's reflectio...
Ray Cooper
as Vladimir
Dean Moen
as Smiling Policeman
Fraser Aitcheson
as Dancing Policeman
Michael Bean
as Dancing Policeman
Jase-Anthony Griffit...
as Dancing Policeman
Scott McGillivray
as Dancing Policeman
Scott A. McGillivray
as Dancing Policeman
John Stewart
as Dancing Policeman
Chris Cochrane
as Dancing Policeman
Pearce Visser
as Dancing Policeman
Patrick Bahrich
as Dancing Policeman
Carrie Genzel
as Female Journalist
Mark Oliver
as Male Journalist
Peter Stormare
as The President
Donna Lysell
as President's wife
Michael Eklund
as Tony's Assistant
Rahul Singh
as Security Guard
Ryan Grantham
as Little Anton
D. Harlan Cutshall
as Charity Guest 1
Deni Delory
as Charity Guest 2
Lisa Bunting
as Charity Guest 3
Peter New
as Paramedic 1
Michael Jonsson
as Paramedic 2
Emma Karwandy
as Valentina's Daughter
Quinn Lord
as Young Boy
Morris Bart & Kimber...
as Young Boy's Father
Erika Conway
as Young Boy's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (36)

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is one of those movies that, despite spectacular elements, doesn't add up to a spectacular film.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

Terry Gilliam, the veteran film director who cut his teeth as the animation wizard of television's legendary Monty Python's Flying Circus, has flirted with genius throughout his career, and bedded her from time to time. In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnas

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Top Critic

The film is flawed, but you don't expect narrative drive or coherence; you go for the director's flights of fantasy. Possessed of an imagination that throws off more sparks than a fizzing, spinning Catherine Wheel, Gilliam is a fabulous fabulist.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Movie Talk

One of the greatest motion pictures ever. From its astounding themes to its brilliant cast, stunning design to enchanting score, undeniable smarts to lasting significance, this is Cinéma! Buy this movie. View this movie. Marry this movie. I have spoken.

July 25, 2011

A return to form for director Terry Gilliam?

Full Review… | April 7, 2011
Sci-Fi Movie Page

I don't think it's such a big heresy to say that Terry Gilliam is both a genius and an annoyingly full-of-it director who's coasting on the goodwill he earned with Brazil.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


A splendid film from Terry Gillam. Ledger was doing so well in the film and his unfortunate death does take away a tad from the scenes shot after his death but all and all a very good film. A very visually pleasing film.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


The visual effects are a true delight but it is hard to follow such a confusing mess of a narrative that stretches for so long and doesn't seem to know where to go, which seems to result from the many unfortunate plot alterations that had to be made after Ledger's death.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Strange. Made stranger by the cobbled together reworking after Ledger's death. I could have done without seeing this.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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