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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Details


Set in the present day, director Terry Gilliam's fantastical morality tale follows the traveling show of the mysterious Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) -- a man who once won a bet with the Devil himself, and possesses the unique ability to guide the imagination of others. Many centuries ago, Dr. Parnassus won immortality in a bet that found the malevolent Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) coming up short. While few would be foolish enough to try their luck against the powers of darkness a second time, Dr. Parnassus did precisely that -- this time trading his mortality for youth on the understanding that his firstborn would become the property of Mr. Nick when the child reaches his or her 16th birthday.Flash-forward to the present day, and Dr. Parnassus' daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole), is about to celebrate her sweet sixteen. Dr. Parnassus is desperate to save his little girl from her fiery fate, so when Mr. Nick arrives to collect, he senses the good doctor's malaise and cooks up a wager too enticing to refuse: Dr. Parnassus and Mr. Nick will each compete to seduce five souls, with possession of Valentina going to whoever manages to complete the task first. As the competition begins to heat up, a mysterious man named Tony (Heath Ledger) appears. Could Tony be the one man capable of helping Dr. Parnassus win the competition and save Valentina? While the sudden death of prominent Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus player Heath Ledger in January of 2008 left Gilliam and company scrambling to find a means of salvaging the film -- which was already well into principal photography at the time -- the cavalry soon arrived in the form of Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, who each serve as alternate-dimension versions of Tony when the character crosses through a paranormal mirror. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 2009


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anastasia Masaro Best Art Direction 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Monique Prudhomme Best Costume Design 2009 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sarah Monzani Best Makeup and Hair 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Warren Best Art Direction 2009 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Caroline Smith Best Art Direction 2009 Nominee


Heath Ledger
as Tony
Christopher Plummer
as Doctor Parnassus
Tom Waits
as Mr. Nick
Johnny Depp
as Imaginarium Tony #1
Jude Law
as Imaginarium Tony #2
Colin Farrell
as Imaginarium Tony #3
Verne Troyer
as Percy
Andrew Garfield
as Anton
Lily Cole
as Valentina
Richard Riddell
as Martin
Katie Lyons
as Martin's Girlfriend
Johnny Harris
as Policeman
Mark Benton
as Dad
Sian Scott
as Linda
Simon Day
as Uncle Bob
Moya Brady
as Aunty Flo
Charles McKeown
as Fairgrounds Inspector
Mackenzie Gray
as First Monk
Yurij Kis
as Second Monk
Amanda Walker
as Shopper
Carolyn Pickles
as Shopper
Montserrat Lombard
as Sally's Friend
Gwendoline Christie
as Classy Shopper #2
Lucy Russell
as Classy Shopper #3
Maggie Steed
as LV Woman
Bobbi Bysouth
as LV Woman's reflection
Vitaliy Kravchenko
as Piotr
Ray Cooper
as Vladimir
Emil Hostina
as Serge
Fraser Aitcheson
as Dancing Policeman
Michael Bean
as Dancing Policeman
Jase-Anthony Griffith
as Dancing Policeman
John Stewart
as Dancing Policeman
Georgina Hegedos
as Baboushka
Cassandra Sawtell
as Olga
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
Quinn Lord
as Young Boy
Bart Anderson
as Young Boy's Father


Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
Amy Gilliam
Samuel Hadida
William Vince
Charles McKeown
Terry Gilliam
Nicola Pecorini
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Mychael Danna
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeff Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Jeff Danna
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mick Audsley
Anastasia Masaro
Production Designer
Terry Gilliam
Art Director
David Warren
Art Director
Dan Hermansen
Art Director
Dennis Schnegg
Art Director
Dave Valleau
Executive Producer
Patrice Theroux
Executive Producer
Victor Hadida
Executive Producer
Monique Prudhomme
Costume Designer
Eric Batut
Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Fraser
Sound/Sound Designer
Brendan Ferguson
Production Manager
Irene Lamb
Casting Director
Sarah Monzani
Sarah Monzani
Hair Styles
Susan Lambie
Script Supervisor