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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Overview - Adults who may have been turned off by the more kid-friendly elements of the first two Potter films should sit up and cheer; this fourth installment of Harry's adventures at the magic school of Hogwarts is more mature and darker than its immediate predecessor.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Adults who may have been turned off by the more kid-friendly elements of the first two Potter films should sit up and cheer; this fourth installment of Harry's adventures at the magic school of Hogwarts is more mature and darker than its immediate predecessor. This year, Hogwarts is hosting the Tri Wizard festival, and there may be a plot afoot to off Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) during the proceedings. Hermione (Emma Watson) finds a man worthy of her in competing Russian Quidditch champion Viktor Krum (Stanislav Ivaneski), to the chagrin of Ron Weaselly (Rupert Grint) who, though growing into a fine, shaggy orange-haired figure of a lad, is still not quite mature enough to ask Hermione to the Yule ball. Krum's teacher may be involved in the dastardly get-Harry plot, which involves writhing snake tattoos, skull clouds, death-eaters, tournaments with live dragons, a submersible schooner, and a competing school of poised and beautiful girls run by Maxime (Frances de la Tour), who shares a romantic past with gamekeeper Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). All the other favorites of the series are back as well, including Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, and Gary Oldman, with Timothy Spall as the odious Wormtail, while a new addition to the A-list thespian roster is Ralph Fiennes. Director Mike Newell takes plenty of time to explore character development, but the story still gallops along at a breathless pace, with memorably intense moments involving fire-spewing dragons, dark magical rites, and near-drownings at the hands of slimy mer-people, all of which may prove too much for the youngest of viewers. Everyone else is advised to hold on tight.

Cast List

Tanya Seghatchian - Producer, MY SUMMER OF LOVE (2005)
David Barron - Producer
Roger Pratt
Jany Temime - Costume Designer, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
Timothy Spall - British Actor, TOPSY-TURVY (1999)
Gary Oldman - British actor, SID AND NANCY/TRUE ROMANCE
Daniel Radcliffe - British actor, HARRY POTTER
Ralph Fiennes - British actor, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, SCHINDLER'S LIST
Jonny Greenwood - Member of the band Radiohead
Jarvis Cocker - Lead singer, Pulp. Also a film director.
Steve Kloves - American Screenwriter/Director
Brendan Gleeson - Actor/"Braveheart"
Michael Gambon - Irish Stage/Film Actor - A Dry White Season/Sleepy Hollow
Miranda Richardson - British actress
Mick Audsley - Editor
Patrick Doyle
David Heyman - Producer, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001)
Mike Newell - British Director
Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Dame Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning British actress, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
Robbie Coltrane - British Actor
Emma Watson - Actress, HARRY POTTER
J.K. Rowling - Author of the Harry Potter books
Phil Selway - Member of Radiohead
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Stuart Craig - Production designer
Rupert Grint - Actor, HARRY POTTER
Jason Isaacs - Actor/"Solitaire For Two"
Alan Rickman - British Film/Stage Actor

 
Details
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012569593879
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images)

Related Categories:
Movies > Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Supernatural
Magic
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
England
Teenagers
Fantasy Worlds
Based On A Novel

 
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Theatrical Release: November 18, 2005

Reviews:
"Newell has a gift for light comedy, and he knows just how to release the sour-ball charms of his fellow Brits..." - 11/25/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.76-78


3 stars out of 4 -- "With the cast getting looser and the mind games kinkier, it's hard to resist." - 12/01/2005 Rolling Stone, p.136


"[T]he director Mike Newell embraces the saga's dark side with flair....[T]he combination of British eccentricity, fatalism and steady-on pluck remains intact." - 11/17/2005 New York Times, p.E1


"As Harry's life becomes more complex, so this film takes on a darker hue....Brit director Mike Newell enlivens the brooding atmosphere with stunning action sequences..." - 01/01/2005 Uncut, p.130


"Harry's climactic duel with Lord Voldemort packs an emotional wallop. And it's fun to watch the kids grow." - 11/23/2005 USA Today, p.7D


"[I]n granting THE GOBLET OF FIRE an earthier real-world tone, Newell has crafted a parable about the pains and pangs of adolescence. In doing so, he has made the most grown-up Potter yet." - 01/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.57


4 stars out of 5 -- "GOBLET OF FIRE is crisp, vibrant, and absolutely magical." - 08/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.91


"Dark and scary...the film is bursting with such brilliant effects as a flying coach drawn by seven white birds and a fully rigged ship rising from beneath a lake." - 07/15/2011 Wall Street Journal

 
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