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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy |

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam and Charles McKeown. The film follows a travelling theatre troupe whose leader, having made a bet with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations and present them with a choice between self-fulfilling enlightenment or gratifying ignorance.

The film stars Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law, though Ledger’s death one-third of the way through filming caused production to be temporarily suspended. Ledger’s role was recast with Depp, Law, and Farrell portraying transformations of Ledger’s character as he travels through a dream world; the film marks Ledger’s final film performance, and was dedicated to him and co-producer William Vince.

Outside a London pub, an elderly bearded sage named Doctor Parnassus runs a nearly-bankrupt traveling theatre troupe, which includes his teenaged daughter Valentina, a sleight-of-hand expert and barker Anton, and a dwarf assistant Percy. The troupe’s main attraction is a portal to a magical “Imaginarium”, a surreal dream world that transforms according to its participants’ own desires and offers them a choice between difficult self-fulfillment or easy ignorance. After a drunkard is swayed to the latter, Parnassus says he has lost “another one” to Mr. Nick, a suave personification of the Devil, who often appears without warning to taunt Parnassus and gloat over Parnassus’s failures. He reminds Parnassus that in three days Valentina turns 16, and her soul will belong to Mr. Nick. Hundreds of years ago, Mr. Nick tricked Parnassus into accepting immortality, after making a wager similar to his current predicament.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writers: Terry Gilliam, Charles McKeown

Stars: Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Andrew Garfield, Lily Cole, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law


Andrew GarfieldAnton
Christopher PlummerDoctor Parnassus
Richard RiddellMartin
Katie LyonsMartin’s Girlfriend
Richard ShanksFriend of Martin
Lily ColeValentina
Verne TroyerPercy
Bruce CrawfordFace Changed Martin
Johnny HarrisPoliceman
Lorraine CheshireMum
Mark BentonDad
Lewis GottDiego
Sian ScottLinda
Simon DayUncle Bob (as Simon Daye)
Moya BradyAunty Flo
Charles McKeownFairground’s Inspector
Tom WaitsMr Nick
Mackenzie GrayFirst Monk
Yurij KisSecond Monk
Ian A. WallaceThird Monk (as Ian Wallace)
Heath LedgerTony
Amanda WalkerShopper
Joann CondonShopper
Carolyn PicklesShopper
Paloma FaithSally
Montserrat LombardSally’s Friend
Craig FraserDebonair Gent
Amy MarstonClassy Shopper 1
Gwendoline ChristieClassy Shopper 2
Lucy RussellClassy Shopper 3
Maggie SteedLV Woman
Ben CartwrightPoliceman 1
Gavin RolphPoliceman 2
Bobby BysouthLV Woman’s Reflection
Johnny DeppImaginarium Tony 1
Vitaly KravchenkoPiotr (as Vitaliy Kravchenko)
Ray CooperVladimir
Emil HostinaSerge
Igor IngelsmanGregor
Sarah Groundwater-LawSales Girl (as Sarah Groundwater)
Jude LawImaginarium Tony 2
Dean MoenSmiling Policeman
Fraser AitchesonDancing Policeman
Michael BeanDancing Policeman
Jason GriffithDancing Policeman
Scott A. McGillivrayDancing Policeman
John StewartDancing Policeman
Chris CochraneDancing Policeman
Pearce VisserDancing Policeman
Patrick BahrichDancing Policeman
Georgina HegedosBaboushka
Colin FarrellImaginarium Tony 3
Cassandra SawtellOlga
Carrie GenzelFemale Journalist
Mark OliverMale Journalist
Peter StormareThe President (as Peter Stomare)
Donna LysellPresident’s Wife
Michael EklundTony’s Assistant
Charles SinghSecurity Guard (as Raahul Singh)
Ryan GranthamLittle Anton
D. Harlan CutshallCharity Guest 1 (as D Harlan Cutshall)
Deni DeLoryCharity Guest 2 (as Deni Delory)
Lisa BuntingCharity Guest 3
Peter NewParamedic 1
Michael JonssonParamedic 2
Emma KarwandyValentina’s Daughter
Quinn LordYoung Boy
Bart AndersonYoung Boy’s Father
Erika ConwayYoung Boy’s Mother
Wendy CarsonNun 1
Christine McMahonNun 2
Charlie CarterShopper
Waléra Kanischtscheff(uncredited)
Daniel NewmanGavin
Antonia PutiloffOlga (voice)
Genevieve SibayanDrunken Youth
David SmallboneSally’s Friend #1
Daniel Tyler-SmithDrunk Imaginarium Spectator

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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