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->''"Can you put a price on your dreams?"''
-->-- '''Tony'''

''The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus'' is a 2009 film directed and co-written by Creator/TerryGilliam, starring Creator/HeathLedger in his final film role ([[AuthorExistenceFailure for real this time]]), along with Christopher Plummer as the eponymous Doctor.

Thousands of years ago, Doctor Parnassus made a [[DealWithTheDevil wager with ]][[{{Satan}} the Devil]] (Music/TomWaits) to see if he could save more souls through the Power of Imagination than the Devil could take through fear and corruption. In modern times, a now immortal Parnassus is owner of a traveling theater troupe, the Imaginarium. Its prized possession is a magic mirror that transports customers into a fantasy land shaped by the Doctor's imagination. Parnassus is proud and the Devil is persuasive, and the stakes keep getting higher until Parnussus bets the soul of his own daughter to be claimed on her 16th birthday. When the Devil comes to collect, the only hope to save Valentina lies in a mysterious rogue named Tony.

Also stars (deep breath) LilyCole, Creator/AndrewGarfield, Verne Troyer, GwendolineChristie, Creator/JohnnyDepp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: The Devil has never been this likable; [[spoiler:there's also Tony]].
** It helps that he's played by TomWaits and gets his own jazzy music whenever he's onscreen.
** Hell, he tries to keep [[spoiler: Valentina from willingly choosing Hell to spite her father]], saying "[Dr. Parnassus] would never forgive me".
** The above points are valid but it ''could'' still be just an act: [[spoiler:when he he has finally gotten what he wanted (Tony dead), he leaves the Doctor to rot (see Bittersweet Ending).]]
* TheAlcoholic: Dr. Parnassus is perpetually blotto.
* AllStarCast: One of the most notable recent examples.
* AllWomenArePrudes: Averted, in that Valentina is the one who brings the subject up.
* AssholeVictim: That drunk idiot from the first 10 minutes.
* AuthorAvatar: Creator/TerryGilliam reportedly based parts of the plot on his life, with Parnassus as his alter ego.
* AwardBaitSong: "We Are The Children Of The World" complete with LyricalDissonance.
* BadSamaritan: [[spoiler:Tony.]]
* BadassMustache: Mr. Nick has one, which makes him look like Creator/JohnWaters.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Tony.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Parnassus is abandoned to the wilds of the Imaginarium and Mr. Nick refuses to tell him where Valentina is. He manages to escape many years later and see that she's now happily married with her own family but decides not to make himself known to her and returns to his street puppetry.]]
* BowTiesAreCool[=/=]DastardlyDapperDerby[=/=]WaistcoatOfStyle: Mr. Nick.
* TheCameo: PeterStormare is the President! Look carefully.
* CharityMotivationSong: Spoofed with "We Are the Children of the World".
* CreativeClosingCredits: The camera pushes into the paper puppet "set" at the end of the film.
* DarkMessiah: Doctor Parnassus, a bitter alcoholic who puts unsuspecting people through a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, which will end in either their enlightenment or their destruction.
* DawsonCasting: LilyCole was in her twenties during filming, but her character is 15 for most of it. She even spends some time masquerading as a 12 year old, which she says is obviously not true. It's inverted when Cole plays Valentina's mother as well as Valentina when she's older and has a child.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Explored a bit more thoroughly than they had originally intended.
* DeadpanSnarker: Percy.
* DealWithTheDevil:
** Parnassus makes bets with Mr. Nick, but the Devil (says he) enjoys the game more than the reward.
** [[spoiler:Tony accepted a loan from Russian mobsters, which ruined his reputation.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: Anton at the film's beginning. Tony in the middle of the film. The ending makes it clear that the film's protagonist all along was [[spoiler:Parnassus himself]].
* DevilButNoGod: Unless the WildMassGuessing that Percy is God (or at least an angel) is true.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Anton.
* EldritchLocation: Inside the Imaginarium, which doubles as a LotusEaterMachine.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Devil himself openly expresses disgust at [[spoiler:Tony, who sold third world children's organs on the black market]].
* FakeBrit: The overall cast is quite a diverse example, as it features an American (JohnnyDepp), a Canadian (Christopher Plummer), an Australian (HeathLedger) and an Irishman (Colin Farrell) all playing English characters. None of these characters seem to actually come from England, however.
* FanDisservice:
** The Godiva scene is inter-cut with shots of Anton in drag, in a fat suit.
** Also, much of the conversation between Tony and Anton in the next scene is hard to focus on, as Anton is still wearing the outfit, sans wig.
** The policemen in skirts and fishnets performing a song and dance number: even the Russian mobsters were freaked.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Lily Cole. Holy crap. Don't believe me? Look at the poster at the top of the page. Especially when she's dressed as Eve.
** Also, for the ladies, you get Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp in white suits and ponytails swanning about seducing middle-aged women and young girls.
* TheFantasticTropeOfWonderousTitles
* FriendlyEnemy: The Devil.
* TheGamblingAddict: Certainly Doctor Parnassus; depending on your interpretation, also possibly Mr. Nick.
* GodivaHair: Valentina, in one scene.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Mr. Nick has a standard issue evil cigarette holder.
* GreenEyedMonster: Anton, from the moment Tony wakes up, starts treating him like a leper because of how much more talented he is with the crowd and Valentina's attraction to him. He is so jealous he [[NotWhatItLooksLike acts like a rapist]] to get a client Tony had already convinced and nearly destroys the show and get them arrested for it, then uses TheReveal of [[spoiler:Tony getting a loan from the Russians]] immediately as "ultimate proof" of how Tony "tainted" the show, even though Tony had no obligation helping them. Heck, he even tries stealing Tony's cell phone when it started ringing, for no good reason!
* HeroesWantRedheads: Colin Farrell and LilyCole
* HopelessSuitor: Anton, though not ''so'' hopeless.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: Anton invokes this whilst traversing between the mirror and the real world, but retains some MorphicResonance with his suit.
* IdenticalGrandson: LilyCole plays both Valentina and Valentina's mother.
* InfantImmortality: Played with in the deleted sequence where the boy who wandered into the mirror has to make a choice of either going into Mr. Nick's shooting gallery or the mountain of pianos which shows millions of children being instructed to play.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler:The Devil (or is he?), but not Tony (or ''is'' he?).]]
* JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Tony, killed off by some [[MindScrew very real figments of his imagination]].]]
* LimitedWardrobe: Mr. Nick always wears the same three-piece suit, overcoat, and bowler hat, even in a flashback taking place a thousand or more years in the past.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: This seems to be the main reason for Percy's existence.
* LotusEaterMachine: The Imaginarium.
* LouisCypher: Mr. Nick.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Percy, what would I do without you?"
** (See RunningGag and ThrowItIn.)
* MindScrew: If you don't read the summary, this movie will pass right over your head.
* MsFanservice: Valentina. She plays the [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Rom Girl]], the [[StageMagician Magician's]] Assistant, the [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Wizard's Daughter]] who wants to [[RebelliousPrincess run away]]... any of these workin' for ya?
* [[NamesTheSame Name's Kind-Of The Same]]: Anthony and Anton
* NiceHat: Mr. Nick likes to wear bowler hats from time to time.
* TheNthDoctor: After Heath Ledger's death, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law were hired to replace him with the explanation that Tony can change shape when traveling beyond the mirror.
* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Tony, just before he's hanged, when he realizes that Dr. Parnassus has his real flute (which he used as a breathing apparatus to save himself).]]
* TheOtherMarty: Justified. See above.
* OverlyLongName: Percival St. Antoine della Touraine et Sansepolcro da Piemonte the Third.
* RealitySubtext
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The bit where Tony physically changes as he enters the Imaginarium was thought up a while after Heath died. Although in the DVD commentary, Terry Gilliam claims that the plot of the movie - apart from this device - was not changed at all. They just gave Heath Ledger's lines to the Other Tonies.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Parnassus himself is over one thousand.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:The writing on Tony's forehead seems like it's going to come in handy during the ending; Mr Nick is even willing to let Valentina go free if Parnassus explains the symbols' meaning to him. The only purpose they serve in the story, though, is letting the mobsters recognize Tony in his Jude Law incarnation.]]
** [[spoiler: [[WordOfGod Gilliam's commentary]] states that the symbols ''might'' be a CallingCard of the Russian gangsters (who, as anyone who's seen ''EasternPromises'' can tell you, love tattoos), so that those who find Tony's body will know who he messed with.]]
* TheReveal: Tony is the head and founder of a global children's charity [[spoiler:who ''sells their organs on the black market''.]]
* RomanticFalseLead
* RuleOfThree: According to Doctor Parnassus, there are three cardinal rules. The first is, [[spoiler:"There is no such thing as BlackMagic, only cheap tricks."]] [[SubvertedTrope He can't remember what the other two are, though.]]
* RunningGag:
--> '''Dr. Parnassus''': What would I do without you Percy?
--> '''Percy''': Get a midget.
* SceneryGorn: When Mr. Nick manipulates the Imaginarium, the landscape is always barren, foreboding and, at times, downright disturbing.
* SceneryPorn: TheMovie.
* ShoutOut: There are a lot of references to Egyptian culture within the film, most likely reflecting upon the theme of death throughout the movie. Also, in the mall, Valentina is [[http://www.sbac.edu/~palmergw/botticelli.venus.jpg sitting on a clam shell, naked, with a long wig to cover herself.]]
** It may also be one to ''The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen'' which has Uma Thurman in a similar scene.
** Of the Three Tonies, JohnnyDepp gets [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean to pontificate a lot, seem very suave doing it, and sweep women off their feet]], Jude Law gets to [[Film/{{eXistenZ}} get chased around by bad guys in a make-believe world]], and Colin Farrell [[spoiler:gets to sleep with LilyCole]].
** According to the DVDCommentary the scene was supposed to be a shout out to Eve and the apple with [[GrowingUpSucks a lot of failure in the mix]].
* TheSixthRanger: Tony, though there are only four members in the first place.
* StylisticSuck: Parnassus and Co. are ''terrible'' showmen.
* TakeThat:
** Essentially the purpose of the little boy entering the Imaginarium. Gilliam is annoyed by how most games are about destroying things in some fashion, and the player isn't really creating anything.
** Tony's self-deluding lies are based on Gilliam's perception of TonyBlair. Early in the film, he's also called [[GeorgeWBush George]].
* TarotMotifs: Doctor Parnassus foretells Tony's appearance by drawing "The Hanged Man" from his tarot deck.
** TarotTrouble: The doctor's tarot reading also includes the Devil (obviously Mr. Nick), the Wheel of Fortune (his chancy [[DealWithTheDevil bet with the devil]]), and the King of Cups (a wise man who cannot be trusted).
* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Dr. Parnassus follows a religious doctrine that more or less references this. Perhaps as a ShoutOut, the monastery where he was taught this doctrine looks like someone crossed a Buddhist temple with the Literature/{{Discworld}}. In the DVD commentary, Gilliam says it was Judaism-meets-Buddhism.
* ThrowItIn:
** According to director Gilliam, Heath Ledger frequently went off-script, which inspired Andrew Garfield to do the same.
** Apparently Verne Troyer came up with all the talk about midgets by himself. Considering his stature, it was considered [[NWordPrivileges okay for him to say it]].
* TrailersAlwaysLie: All the plot descriptions of this movie elsewhere sound as if Tony is TheAtoner who finds redemption after going on a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, which isn't quite true.
* TricksterArchetype: Mr. Nick and Tony.
* UnreliableNarrator: Dr. Parnassus, especially regarding his wife and his daughter. Tony very much is this when they go into his imagination.
* VictoryIsBoring: Mr. Nick discovers that he enjoys the game more than victory.
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler:In Tony's dream-world, the wheelchair-bound President of the Universe tells him "Well done, Tony!"]] Also inverted, in that Anton longs for Parnassus' approval... but the old man prefers Tony.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Parnassus realizes this when his immortality contract only stated [[AgeWithoutYouth eternal life, not eternal youth]]. There was a similar stipulation in another Gilliam film with Heath Ledger in it, ''Film/TheBrothersGrimm''.
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Mr. Nick does something like this to the monks while making a deal for Dr. Parnassus.
* YourMindMakesItReal
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