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.
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123 min




Ladies and Gentlemen... Step up!

Step up!

I, Mercury, the messenger

of the gods, invite you...

invite you to serve...

To light the one night only here...

And this night we will enter,

into the mind...

the very great mind,

of Doctor Parnassus!

Doctor Parnassus!

Yes, ladies and gents, Dr Parnassus's

as old as time.

Yes! He's over thousand years old.

He has power, to empower...your mind.

Let Doctor Parnassus

open your imagination.

Let him transport you...

to worlds you've never dreamt of...

- Oh God, check out the lights.

Check out that?

Transcend the heights on Beauty's wing.

Or, if you must...

scour the squalid depths

with Putrid's brother, Stench!

Join the queue! Only

five quid a go!

No bigger bargain while

planet earth lasts!

You choose...fulfilment...

You cannot be here.

No ticket, no prize ser.

Are you drunk, little man?

What are you doing?

Hey! Get off the stage!

Thats a nice pair of tits

- I said, get off the stage!


I want you... Com here ma...

Come here ma...Hey!

There she is! Come here, gorgeous!

Come here.

Come here, gorgeous.

Come back, you bitch!

Miss..Oh, oh...

Miss! Me face!

My God, what is this?

Marty?! - Jesus! What you...

He went with that cow!

I'll scratch her eyes out!

Oi! You two!

My boyfriend is still there!

Anybody there?!

Anybody there? Please!

Is anybody there?

Please! Please!


Help me!


I will never drink, I promise...


From now on I swear, not a drop!

You've chosen well!

The Master Parnassus's

esteem way is long.

But with person garance,

and best dedication

the heights are attentive.

It's very time spring in your step

will the solemn in your heart,

the clouds will come.

The heavens will look,

and you son.

Hi there. C'mon in. Looks like you

could use a drink.

Let me just one drink.


For me one double.

The one I lost.

I lost again.

What did you think you were doing..?

- He was chasing me.

You don't go through the mirror!

Never! You know that!

Oi! You! Gunga Din!

Come here!

What do you think

you're playing at!? - Playing?

Oh, no, no, no...

We don't play!

What we do is deadly serious!

Gone. Will we miss him?

I don't think so.

Don't worry if you don't understand

it all immediately.

I want you freaks out of here!

Now! Ah!

I'm sorry. I didn't mean

to use that word...

vertically deficient...defuncted...

vertically crippled!


Vertically challenged?

Why do you all get off my beat...

or I will do the lot of

you for something!

Come here. Come here.

Take a ticket! Wait your turn!

Twenty quid a go, reduced to five

for one night only!

Ladies and gentlemen,

this world are we living,

is full of enchantment,

for those with eyes to see...


I want to go there and there...

- Stop going on, Linda!

They won't let you, darling.

- But I want to!!! I want to!!!


- You're never let me to!

Excuse me! Excuse me!

- It's not fair!

Would you mind...

- Where's Diego?!


- This is your fault!

He went right there.

He's just gone through.

Diego! Diego!

Die! Die! Yes!

Please exit the Imaginarium


Joystick's not available without

parenting control.


If one of you perverts got our boy,

I won't be answerable

for my actions.

Diego! - Diego! - Diego!

I looked everywhere.

- I don't care!



- Oh it worked.

Diego, where have you been?

I've been worried sick!

One little devil out of the fire!

Why that silly expression

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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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