The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Synopsis: In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the "Imaginarium", an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true. In the stories that Doctor Parnassus tells to his daughter Valentina, the midget Percy, and his assistant Anton, he claims to have lived for more than one thousand years; However, when he fell in love with a mortal woman, he made a deal with the devil (Mr. Nick), trading his immortality for youth. As part of the bargain, he promised his son or daughter to Mr. Nick on their sixteenth birthday. Valentina is now almost to the doomed age and Doctor Parnassus makes a new bet with Mr. Nick, whoever seduces five souls in the Imaginarium will have Valentina as a prize. Meanwhile the troupe rescues Tony, a young man that was hanged on a bridge by the Russians. Tony was chased until he finds and joins the group. Tony and Valentina fall in love with each other and the jealous Anton discovers that his competit
Director(s): Terry Gilliam
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

on your face, you little poof.

Come on, get up! Come on!

-...itself rouse of Dr. Parnassus.

Thank you.


- Yes, sir?

You know the rules about

the mirror? - Yes.

Yes I do. I'm sorry, sir.

I'm really sorry...

I know, I know.

You did well, my boy.

You did well.

Good lad, good lad.

Thank you.

'Good lad, good lad.'

You go through the mirror and

he's all over you.

I do it once and he disturbs...

C'mon now, Valentina...

you're his daughter...

I mean...irresistibly scrumptious...

Why do I say scrumptious?

Beautiful, intelligence, sweet...

Scrumptious, idiot!

Hey Parny...

It's been a while.

What did I say?

We don't have all night.

Oh, chicks again.

He's come to collect.

I thought so. He's early.

What can I do?


- There must be something...

How many days left?

- Three.

You know, you're gonna have

to tell her soon.

When the moon hits your eye

like a big pizza pie,

that's amore...

- Will you shut up about food?

We're clean out...and I'm starving!

Oh, Perci. We've still

got a few potatoes.

Hey, look at this.

Look at this. - Hey!

That's mine!

- Oh, look at that!

That's private!

Give it to me!


Do you really think you'd be happy

in a place like that? Would you?

I couldn't do.

Maybe a part of you...

I don't know...

You are always looking

for escaping, aren't you?

Let's do it. Why not, you and me?

I can't run away.

We can't run away. I can't.

I'm under age.

I shall be twelve on Wednesday.

- Don't be ridiculous.

Perci, how old will I be on Wednesday?

- Twelve.

See? That's what Parnassus says.

Are you saying he's ridiculous? - No.

Actually...I'm really sixteen.

Sweet sixteen.

The age of consent...

You could use a coffee.

Oy! There is none of it.

- Yes, I know, I know...

And that again?

Not now, not now...

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Terry Gilliam

Terrence Vance "Terry" Gilliam is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. more…

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