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The Golden Compass
- Nicole Kidman

Overview - THE GOLDEN COMPASS is an adaptation of the first book in the beloved but controversial fantasy series by Phillip Pullman. The story opens with Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) an orphan girl who lives in an alternate world that is similar to earth, but where people's souls exist outside of their bodies in animal form.  Read more...

 
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Overview

THE GOLDEN COMPASS is an adaptation of the first book in the beloved but controversial fantasy series by Phillip Pullman. The story opens with Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) an orphan girl who lives in an alternate world that is similar to earth, but where people's souls exist outside of their bodies in animal form. The people are ruled by a shadowy and oppressive council known as the Magisterium, which is doing it's best to keep everyone from getting information about what is called "Dust." Lyra's Uncle Asriel (Daniel Craig) has been researching Dust, and he has seen to it that Lyra is given safe shelter at Jordan College. But when the visiting Mrs. Coulter (Nicole Kidman) arrives, she asks Lyra to accompany her on a trip to the North to meet the Panserbjorne, a race of armored bears. Before Lyra leaves, the Headmaster gives her a golden compass, a device which only she can read, and from which she can intuit the truth. Lyra leaves with Mrs. Coulter, but when she learns that her friends have been kidnapped by "Gobblers," she heads out to find them, and soon joins forces with the nomadic Gyptians, some witches, and an armored bear called Iorek Byrnison (voice by Ian McKellen). Lyra finds her friends, and so discovers the evil plans the Magisterium has cooked up for the world's children. By the film's end, she has vowed to track down her Uncle Asriel, and to discover the true power of Dust. Hollywood had a tricky time of taming this tale, as Pullman's books portray religion - the Catholic Church in particular - in a less than flattering light. The film version carefully steers clear of these themes, and instead puts its enormous budget into creating visually stunning effects. While fans of the books may find fault with this streamlined version, children are sure to revel in the many talking animals and whimsical airships.

Awards:
2007 - Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects Winner

Cast List

Bill Carraro - Producer
Robert Shaye - Producer/Executive
Bob Shaye - Producer/Executive
Michael Lynne - Executive Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)
Ian McShane - British Actor
Simon McBurney - AMERICAN SUPPORTING ACTOR
Eva Green - Actress, THE DREAMERS (2004)
Ben Walker
Chris Weitz - Director/Actor/Writer, DOWN TO EARTH (2001)
Ileen Maisel - Producer
Mark Ordesky - Executive Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)
Christopher Lee - British actor, DRACULA (1958)
Dakota Blue Richards - Actress, THE GOLDEN COMPASS
Paul Weitz - Director/Playwright/Screenwriter, AMERICAN PIE (2000)
Sam Elliott - American Actor, MASK
Daniel Craig - British actor, CASINO ROYALE
Deborah Forte
Philip Pullman - British author, HIS DARK MATERIALS series
Jim Carter
Adam Godley - British Actor, COR BLIMEY (2000)
Nicole Kidman - Actress, TO DIE FOR
Tobias Emmerich - Screenwriter-producer
Toby Emmerich - Screenwriter-producer
Henry Braham
Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Andrew Miano - Executive Producer, IN GOOD COMPANY (2004)
Clare Higgins - British Actress
Tom Courtenay - British actor, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"
Sir Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 113
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043120114
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for sequences of fantasy violence)
  • Release Date: September 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Witches And Wizards
Music (General)
Theatrical Release
Soul
R&B/Soul
Bears
Witches
Fantasy Worlds

 
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Reviews:
"[A] formidable piece of craftsmanship, using some 1,100 effects shots to bring forth a physical space that has the ability to take your breath away." - 12/07/2007 Los Angeles Times


"[D]irector Chris Weitz makes a spirited job of transferring Pullman's vision to screen..." - 02/01/2008 Sight and Sound, p.65

 
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