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The Golden Compass (2007)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy |.

The Golden Compass is fantasy adventure film based on the 1995 book Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials. Written and directed by Chris Weitz, it stars Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, and Ian McKellen. The project was announced in February 2002, but difficulties over the script and the selection of a director caused significant delays. At US$180 million, it was one of New Line Cinema’s most expensive projects ever, and its disappointing results in the US contributed to New Line’s February 2008 restructuring.

The film depicts the adventures of Lyra Belacqua, an orphan living in a parallel universe where a dogmatic ruling power called the Magisterium opposes free inquiry. Children in that universe are being kidnapped by an unknown group called the Gobblers who are supported by the Magisterium. Lyra joins a tribe of seafarers on a trip to the far North, the land of the armoured polar bears, in search of the missing children.

The story is set in an alternate Earth dominated by a powerful church called the Magisterium that strictly controls the populace’s beliefs and teachings. In this world, every person’s inner spirit partially exists outside their body, manifesting itself as an animal companion called a dæmon. The dæmon communicates with the person and must remain in close physical proximity. Witches, however, have bird-shape dæmons able to travel long distances from their bodies.

Lyra Belacqua, whose dæmon is named Pantalaimon or “Pan”, is an orphan being raised at Jordan College in Oxford. Her uncle, Lord Asriel, a noted explorer and scholar, has been absent seeking the elusive Dust, a cosmic particle that the Magisterium forbids to be mentioned.

Director: Chris Weitz

Writers: Chris Weitz (screenplay), Philip Pullman (novel)

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker, Freddie Highmore, Ian McKellen, Eva Green


Nicole KidmanMrs. Coulter
Daniel CraigLord Asriel
Dakota Blue RichardsLyra
Ben WalkerRoger
Freddie HighmorePantalaimon (voice)
Ian McKellenIorek Byrnison (voice)
Eva GreenSerafina Pekkala
Jim CarterJohn Faa
Tom CourtenayFarder Coram
Ian McShaneRagnar Sturlusson (voice)
Sam ElliottLee Scoresby
Christopher LeeFirst High Councilor
Kristin Scott ThomasStelmaria (voice)
Edward de SouzaSecond High Councilor
Kathy BatesHester (voice)
Simon McBurneyFra Pavel
Jack ShepherdMaster
Magda SzubanskiMrs. Lonsdale
Derek JacobiMagisterial Emissary
Clare HigginsMa Costa
Charlie RoweBilly Costa
Steven LotonTony Costa
Michael AntoniouKerim Costa
Mark MottramJaxer Costa
Paul Antony-BarberBolvangar Doctor
Jason WatkinsBolvangar Official
Jody HalseBolvangar Orderly
Hattie MorahanSister Clara
John BettThorold
John Franklyn-RobbinsLibrarian
Jonathan LauryYounger Fellow
Tommy LutherJacob Huismans / Daemon Puppeteer
James RawlingsPassing Scholar
Joao de SousaHunt
Habib Nasib NaderRagnar
Theo Fraser SteeleMagisterial Officer
Bill HurstPolice Captain
Elliot CowanCommanding Officer
Sam HoareSecond in Command
Thomas ArnoldGobbler
David GarrickGobbler
Brian NickelsGobbler
Gary KaneGobbler
Alfred HarmsworthGyptian Kid
Charles EvansonGyptian Chief
Patrick ClearyGyptian Chief
Tarek KhalilGyptian Chief
Madrios OhannessianGyptian Chief
Sandra WolfeGyptian Chief
Hewson OsbourneFellow
Albert KenrickFellow
John CartierFellow
Chris AbbottFellow
Alexander MercuryTartar Officer (as Alex Terentyev)
David FormanSamoyed Kidnapper
Martin AlexanderStudent (uncredited)
Jamie AndersonStudent (uncredited)
Caridad AngusWitch (uncredited)
Martin BallantyneTrollesundian (uncredited)
Tom BarkerGyptian Child (uncredited)
Christian BlackScholar (uncredited)
Douglas BunnTartar Guard (uncredited)
Jonny DickensBen (uncredited)
Clive ElkingtonStudent (uncredited)
Tim GlanfieldMagisterial Guard (uncredited)
Chris HastingsTartar Guard (uncredited)
Michael HennessyShoe Shop Customer (uncredited)
Kevin HudsonTartar Guard (uncredited)
Forbes KBTartar Guard (uncredited)
Pamela KempthorneGyptian (uncredited)
Jose PecinoMagisterium Police Officer (uncredited)
David RokerMagesterial Official (uncredited)
Frederick RollBarman (uncredited)
Kit SinnettTartar Nomad (uncredited)
John SnowdenTrollesund Fishmonger (uncredited)
Helen SorayaWitch (uncredited)
Richard StokerClerk of the Court (uncredited)
Harry TaylorShip’s Captain (uncredited)
J.P. TurnerTrollesundian (uncredited)
John WarmanMagisterial Guard (uncredited)
Spencer WildingGiant Gyptian (uncredited)
Chris WilsonMagisterial Guard (uncredited)
Phil WrightGyptian Warrior (uncredited)
Liang YangSamoyed Kidnapper (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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