• The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Release Date: December 25th, 2009

DVD Release Date: April 27th, 2010

PG-13 |2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary

Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), the leader of a traveling show, has a dark secret. Thousands of years ago he traded the soul of his daughter, Valentina, to the devil. Now the devil has come to collect his prize. To save her, Parnassus must make a final wager: Whoever collects five souls first will win Valentina. Tony (Heath Ledger), a man saved from hanging by Parnassus' troupe, agrees to help collect them, with his eye on marrying Valentina.

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

Director: Terry Gilliam

Genres: Mystery , Adventure , Fantasy

Production Co: Infinity Entertainment, Poo Poo Pictures

Distributors: Sony Pictures Classics

Keywords: Daughter, Amusing, Quest, Rescue, Rivalry, Marriage, Sacrifice, Cheeky, Melodramatic, Doctor, Offbeat

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Despite a shaky framework, the magic works. It's a chance to see Ledger one last time in the act of doing what he loved. Take it. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is an Imaginarium indeed. The best approach is to sit there and let it happen to you; see it in the moment and not with long-term memory, which seems to be what Parnassus does. show more

  • 60
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film is neither intelligent enough nor silly or grotesque enough to become a lasting favorite. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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