The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

2009 • 122 minutes
4.2
374 reviews
64%
Tomatometer
PG-13
Rating
Eligible
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Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick (Tom Waits), 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. Valentina (Lily Cole) is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone and Dr. Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr. Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr. Parnassus promises his daughter's hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr. Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles -- and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all! Also starring Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield, Verne Troyer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law. © 2009 Imaginarium Films, Inc. and Parnassus Productions Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Rating
PG-13
4.2
374 reviews
Magic__Midnight
June 29, 2016
With the death of Heath in the middle of filming this, the take overs by other famous actors was not only Really Courageous but elegantly done. A "brain-tease-bend-melt" I ultimately baught this movie. Always alittle extra to see the next time around ((watch it, ull get the last comment 😉
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Jay Hiza
December 31, 2013
This film is difficult to quantify... A somewhat dramatic comedy, mixed with adventure and fantasy, makes this feel a bit like a madman's version of Alice in Wonderland meets The Prestige, with a sprinkle of Willy Wonka. Definitely worth a watch, because of the dark intrigue.
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Johnathan Jerusik
February 13, 2022
So many great things about this movie! Tom waits playing the devil just fits, they had to use 3 different actors to play heath because he unfortunately wasn't alive. The scene when they zoomed in on his face was the last time he would ever be seen in a movie. The plot, the imagery, just a beautiful movie.
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