The Golden Compass (2007)

 


 

"It is the Alethiometer. It tells the truth. As for how to read it, you'll have to learn by yourself." See »

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization. Full summary »

Genre: Adventure,Family,Fantasy

The Golden Compass (2007)
   
Release Date: 7 December 2007 (USA)
Country: USA , UK
Director: Chris Weitz
Cast:
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Daniel Craig
  • Dakota Blue Richards
  • Ben Walker
  • Freddie Highmore
  • Ian McKellen
  • Eva Green
  • Jim Carter
  • Tom Courtenay
  • Ian McShane
  • Sam Elliott
  • Christopher Lee
  • Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Edward de Souza
  • Kathy Bates


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33 Responses to The Golden Compass (2007)

  1. shaun3701-1
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    This movie is BLATANTLY anti-Christian and satanic!

  2. jtothap
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    How did this beat Transformers for the Oscar in Visual Effects???

    The CGI in this is pretty mediocre. The polar bear thing is ungodly bad and poorly rendered…

    I don’t get it!!!

    Transformers effects DESTROYS this piece of garbage!!!!

  3. Approached
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    If it happened, would you go see it?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion

  4. RadioactiveCookie55
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    Just saw the film, thought it was pretty good. But, there were a few things that I didn’t really get.

    1. What’s the point of a demon? I didn’t really get why everyone wanted them so bad.

    2. Why did the Church protest this? I didn’t see anything bad about the film that could’ve been a threat to Christianity.

    3. Why exactly did the Magistrate(sorry if that’s not their name) not like Dust?

    Guy-who-didn’t-win-any-awards #1

    Halfblood #10

    Typography!

    I’m "appealing"

  5. SnowBrian
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    While I admired certain elements of the film, I had issues with many parts of it.

    Near the top of my list of issues was the characterization of Pantalaimon, Lyra’s daemon. In the novels, he is much more Lyra’s "voice of reason", and in the audiobook adaptations was voiced by older actors to convey that he has a sense of maturity that Lyra has yet to display. In fact, Adam Godley was originally set to voice him before being replaced by the younger (and more commercially viable) Freddie Highmore.

    With all due respect to Mr. Highmore, as it was not entirely his fault, I found his voice and interpretation of the character to be way off the mark. Couple his whiny, pre-pubescent sounding voice with the heavy-handed script and you’re bound for trouble. Pantalaimon was whittled down into nothing more than Lyra’s whiny, cartoonish sidekick to get a laugh out of the kiddies in the audience.

    If I had been Lyra, I’d have been thrilled to have the Bolvanger doctors intercise him from me and lock him up!

  6. whjunk
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    In the UK, maybe. UK megastore chain Tesco teams up with Amber Entertainment (ex-Newline execs) to make movies based on bestsellers they can sell in their stores: In the future, the presumably bitter New Line execs will give "The Golden Compass" (the movie that basically sunk their company) a second try, as well as Judy Blume.

    http://www.ifc.com/blogs/indie-eye/2010/01/megastore.php

    -Wm

  7. Reepicheep14
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    After I watched Avatar, James Cameron did very well in directing it, and right after watching it,I was thinking that it would be superb. If he will direct the next sequels, it would be a classic hit like Avatar and his previous works. And I think he will be a Million times better than Chris Weitz…Share your thoughts

  8. GumpForest
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    On Dakota’s website it mentions she has never seen the original ending of the film shot, I can’t imagine it stinking as much as the one they chose for the final version. Does anyone know what it was?

  9. Black_Heart_Wilbo
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    OK, i’m gonna try this just to see different people’s reactions to the movie. Put down

    1. What country you live in and…

    2. Whether you liked the film or not (give it a mark out of 5).

    Please don’t put anything else such as scathing comments (as in unreasoned, childish or trollish). And, obviously don’t comment if you haven’t seen the film (The-Bartimaeus-Trilogy, bsg tns, batowich, Zarove etc.)

    I want as many as humanly possible on these boards. Please leave a post : )

    1. England

    2. Loved it. 4/5

    —————————————

    British and proud! THE GOLDEN COMPASS IS BRILLIANT!! = D

  10. plopmasterj
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    If the rumors and stories about the Catholic Church being involved in the prevention of the two sequels to The Golden Compass are true, then I am sorely disappointed. Since when does the Church get to tell people what they can or cannot watch? I am disappointed by the fact that anyone outside the studios, those involved in the projects and the fans of the projects can affect whether a film gets made.

    I have nothing against the Catholic Church personally. I actually enjoy things that have to do with religion. But it’s not their place anymore to influence everything that we do. They shouldn’t have the right to stop films like these sequels from coming to fruition. If they really wanted to prove their point of how bad these films are for people, they should just let them fail at the box office if that was really going to be their fate. They should’ve used the people’s refusal to see it as their proof.

    If they really did influence the prevention of these films, why did they have to ruin things for everyone? It’s not fair. I was looking forward to the sequels. Now it looks like they will never be made.

  11. daymirouge
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  12. stillboredinyuma
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    Okay so I’m posting this on both boards bc i want some real feedback here

    I would like specifics as to why and how The Golden Compass is considered anti-Christian while aparently The Chronicles of Narnia are consider Christian in theme.

    I only ask bc I read an article in EW about the box office draw or failure of Christian or anti-Christian movies.

    The article referenced The Golden Compass as being anti-Christian and failing at the BO because of that

    While The Chronicles of Narnia had success bc it was Christian themed.

    I didn’t gather either of those themes from either of those movies and I would just like some type of response regarding the original request.

    Thanks in advance

  13. zigfried-2
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    I think it wouldwork on the Sci-Fi channel, perhaps in conjunction with the BBC. I think they could do all three books as one big mini-series and use the stage adaption as a jumping off point.

  14. Reepicheep14
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    Since a reboot of the series or sequels is still unclear, I was thinking that HDM should be Anime Series insted.(and also I want to see a Manga version)

    Here’s my Japanese Voice Cast:

    The Golden Compass

    Lyra-Minako Kotobuki

    Pantalaimon-Kensho Ono

    Roger Parslow-Romi Park

    Mrs. Coulter-Mie Sonozaki

    Lord Asriel-Hiroki Touchi

    Serafina Pekkala-Maaya Sakmoto

    Lee Scoresby-Hochu Otsuka

    -Daisuke Ono(Young)

    Hester-Megumi Hayashibara

    Iorek Byrnison-Naichi Nozawa

    Farder Coram-Osamu Saka

    John Faa-Daisuke Gori

    Ma Costa-Sumi Shimamoto

    Iofur Raknison-Hikedatsu Shibata

    Master-Banjo Ginga

    Dame Hannah-Gara Takashima

    The Subtle Knife

    Will Parry-Miyu Irino

    John Parry-Akio Otsuka

    Dr. Mary Malone-Mabuki Andou

    Sir Charles Lantrom-Iemasu Kayumi

    Giacomo Paradisi-Masashi Ebara

    Ruta Skadi-Houku Kuwashima

    Fra Pavel-Akira Ishida

    Elaine Parry-Yumi Toma

    The Amber Spyglass

    Ama-Yukari Fukui

    Barauch-Kenichi Sumuzara

    Balthamos-Katsuyuki Konishi

    Chavalier Tialys-Hoizumi Goda

    Lady Salmakia-Urara Takano

    Lord Roke-Masaya Onosaka

    King Ogunwe-Kenji Hamada

    Metatron-Toshiyuki Morikawa

    FatherGomez-Shinichiro Miki

    Sattamax-Toru Okawa

    Atal-Michiko Neya

  15. lauradunks
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    Current items on EBAY for 1 more day! include signed photos by:

    Daniel Craig (James Bond)

    Dame Judi Dench (James Bond)

    Camille Coduri (Doctor Who – signed trading card.)

    Esther Anderson (Home and Away)

    Alan Fletcher (Neighbours)

    Cerys Matthews (singer formerly Catatonia and solo.)

    Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)

    Charlie Jones (eastenders)

    Nick Faldo (golf)

    Alyson Hannigan autopen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

    We have another Daniel Craig photo on our website to be auction in the coming weeks.

    All profits from this auction are going to top quality biomedical research including a large share to the Whittemore Peterson Institute http://www.wpinstitute.org/ and ME Research UK http://www.meresearch.org.uk/

    Information and photos can be found on the WAMCARE blog here: http://wamcare.blogspot.com/2010/03/wamcare-auction-round-2.html

    The blog will be updated again with the next items due to be auctioned once this auction has finished.

    Information about the auction and how to use EBAY and Paypal can be found on the WAMCARE blog here: wamcare.blogspot.com/2010/02/wamcare-auction-of-celebrity-signed.html

    Most of the celebrity signed items can be found on our newly updated website here http://www.wamcare.org/auction.html

    You can also find out more information about ME/CFS and why research is essential on our website.

    Please spread the word! Thank you!

    Laura Dunks – President and fundraising

    Michelle Martin – Vice President, merchandise, website and newsletter editor.

  16. warmislandsun
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    I am not a fan of Nicole Kidman’s work, but I thought she was perfectly cast in this movie.

    Her stoic coldness with the undercurrent of torture was perfect. Her character’s chemistry with Lyra felt very true.

  17. SamanthaJaneH
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    I have read the books and although I was not overly impressed with the movie, I did not HATE it either. Can anybody explain?

  18. violate
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    Is it true this movie caused New Line to go bankrupt? It just seems unfathomable to me that this one film did New Line in after they made such a killing on The Lord of the Ring’s.

  19. Akittystang
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    Kind of sad. If only New Line would’ve kept their scissors to themselves….

  20. lauradunks
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    The first round of the WAMCARE auction was very successful! Thank you all for your support!

    Current itemson EBAY for the next six days include signed photos by:

    Daniel Craig (James Bond)

    Dame Judi Dench (James Bond)

    Camille Coduri (Doctor Who – signed trading card.)

    Esther Anderson (Home and Away)

    Alan Fletcher (Neighbours)

    Cerys Matthews (singer formerly Catatonia and solo.)

    Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)

    Charlie Jones (eastenders)

    Nick Faldo (golf)

    Alyson Hannigan autopen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

    We also have many other Eastenders signed cast cards on our website.

    All profits from this auction are going to top quality biomedical research including a large share to the Whittemore Peterson Institute http://www.wpinstitute.org/ and ME Research UK http://www.meresearch.org.uk/

    Information and photos can be found on the WAMCARE blog here: http://wamcare.blogspot.com/2010/03/wamcare-auction-round-2.html

    The blog will be updated again with the next items due to be auctioned once this auction has finished.

    Information about the auction and how to use EBAY and Paypal can be found on the WAMCARE blog here: wamcare.blogspot.com/2010/02/wamcare-auction-of-celebrity-signed.html

    Most of the celebrity signed items can be found on our newly updated website here http://www.wamcare.org/auction.html

    You can also find out more information about ME/CFS and why research is essential on our website.

    Please spread the word! Thank you!

    Laura Dunks – President and fundraising

  21. Approached
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    All of the sudden, on 13 March 2010, the page of The Golden Compass on Box Office Mojo have been ranked as the third most visited page on the site? It’s in a time where Avatar and Alice in Wonderland rules the box office….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opinion

  22. Lord_Asriel_II
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    The Four horsemen. http://the4horsemen.forumotion.com/forum.htm

    Dedicated to Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens and Harris, atheism, science, philosophy and any other related subjects. We are a small forum but seeking new members. Please join!

  23. LawofDarkness
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    If you had a daemon what animal form would it take?

    Mine would be a red squirrel.

  24. Giraffe_Monster
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    In a few weeks, I’ll be doing an oral presentation about this trilogy.

    Now don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to do the work for me or anything.

    The whole thing is quite simple actually, and should only last 15-25 mins.

    The thing is, I read these books 9 years ago, and I don’t remember *everything*.

    I have to chose/read two excerpts [from the first book only], but I don’t know which I could chose!

    So please, if you’d be kind enough, please tell me which particular moments/passages I could read (not too very long though).

    Also, try to give me the number of the Chapter, and the quotations at the start of said passage (my books aren’t in english), please!

    Thanks in advance!

    Fine! Fine, I’ll leave! But first, I’m going to bother these peanuts! Hmm? Yes? Hmm? HMM?!

  25. daredevil2079
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    PLS! Chris Weitz & New Line, if you guys don’t want to do the sequal anymore! Do not torture us! We need the orignal full Weitz version that have the some scenes that didn’t included in thearical version.

    It’s been already 2 years that I still waiting the original ending that suppose to be in the movie, and it’s got me pissed off when I found out that the ending has been cut for sequal! & now New Line screwed it up turn out not make it!

    PLS! Release we would like to see that ending!

  26. sosteel
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    Just watched it again on HBO Family after having seen a portion in the theater. Where to start? Show! Don’t tell! Oh look, Sam Elliott is playing his same one note; is this Conn Conagher, Wade Garrett…oh, Lee Scoresby? Nicole looks pretty constipated on this one. But worse, it’s just…boring. The pacing is awful, it just plods along. The stuff I’d seen before seemed worse the second time around – sure there’s some pretty CGI but I watched it and thought, "Where did all the damn money go?" It’s an awful mess. But then, I think the source material is pretty overrated as well. I think its anti-establishment, anti-authority, anti-Christian theme gives it a cachet to a certain crowd that earns it higher praise than it deserves. It’s rebellion without a clue – kind of like those folks in college that dressed in black, smoked cloves, and cited their deep love of Kerouac (without realizing he was a conservative Catholic and turned into a reactionary later in life – that’s what you get for not even finishing On the Road, lol)

  27. sosteel
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    One lament that seems to be a theme here is that New Line watered it down and aimed at the wrong audience. That actually might have avoided some of the problems they ran into in the US market. Though I agree with those who say those issues are way overblown. It’s interesting that many of the ones disagreeing with that position are in the UK or Europe and get their information from the media or watching the Top Gear guys bum across the US.

    Many parents saw this movie as sneaky propaganda – Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins prettied up and packaged to influence their kids at an impressionable age, and during a Christian holiday, no less. Actually, for the audience New Line seemed after (with the Coca-Cola polar bears fierce and in armor, no less), a lot of it was over their heads anyway. So maybe if they hadn’t gone after the kids, they’d have made both sides a lot happier.

    And for those of you, most of whom aren’t parents, that are going to jump in to say the parents shouldn’t influence their kids, shield them from this, raise them in their church, etc., just refrain. Most of us parents were there ourselves once, too. One universal theme you’ll hear from most good parents is that the only time we felt qualified to be parents and had all the answers was….before we were parents. It’s easy to be smug when you haven’t been there yet. And those kids, no matter how you raise them or try to imbue them with your own values, are going to have a period where they question and rebel. I know, I have my own sixteen year-old rebel without a clue to love and deal with these days. But they’re your kids and, until they’re out on their own, you get to raise them as you see fit. And most of them still turn out ok.

    And, for the record, I’m B-Team Magisterium/JV Catholic – Episcopal Church USA.

  28. Rozax
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    IMDB isn’t letting us discuss the tentative 2011 (Copperheart Entertainment) title yet, but I’d be interested in discussing the movie under the 2001 video game title: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407746/board/threads/ if any other fans are interested.

    I must be completely honest and say that I’m not too keen on this being turned into a movie. A mini-series, sure. That was once a project, but in 2006, but the script was decimated and the director refused to go ahead with the project. I’m glad he did. Now, I hope that the series is taken seriously on the silver screen. Trilogies are often intertwined in The Chronicles of Pern, so I hope they respect that.

    I admit, I am posting this in other boards to see if anyone else wants to discuss Pern. We can talk about the upcoming movie, books, or favorite characters. I hope everyone will respect each other’s opinions.

    If they can put a man on the moon, why can’t they leave him there?

    – Sheep in the Big City

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260653/

  29. yellowperson
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    Hey guys. Just finished The Amber Spyglass and immediately came on here to ask you guys on something I’m uncertain about. I know this is a forum for the movie but Id appreciate your two cents on this.

    Why could Lyra all of a sudden not read the alethiometer anymore?

    My first thought was that it was because she was no longer a child anymore, and now had to work for it to be able to read it again. I can’t really draw an accurate analogy for this though. The only one I can think of at the moment is that it’s like us human beings – once we reach adulthood nothing’s easy anymore, and we realise that we must work for everything. But this analogy doesn’t really cover my interpretation…

    My second thought was that Lyra doesn’t need to know how to read it anymore therefore she ‘lost it’.

    My third and most random interpretation was that she already knows the answers to everything…or something like that :p

    I’m always a person that draws the most random meanings from movies/books/anything so I won’t be surprised if I’m completely wrong about this.

    But what do u guys reckon???

  30. kingfisherofthesea
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    So what if it flopped in the US? It was a big success overseas in almost all countries it was released in. Europe, Australia, Asia and I heard Canada.

    But why did it flop in the US? Goes to show how weird America is. It’s like the rest of the world loves football and it has to be obtuse and like baseball and call football "soccer" and a girly-game.

    I thought it was quite entertaining kiddy fare, although not really faithful to the book (some parts of it felt truncated).

  31. peas-n-carrots
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    Back when they were actually planning on making the sequels, did the filmmakers ever decide on an actor to play Will Parry? Or were there any rumored casting choices for that role?

    Who would you have wanted to play him?

    You know, I’ve been lucky. Somebody up there likes me.

    Somebody down here, too.

  32. jubas100
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    its just a slap in the face

    "Lets put a smile on that face"

    Heath Ledger you will be missed

  33. bobbyklump
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    I have had this movie for over two years on DVD. A girl I was with told me to get this on DVD

    I watched it this morning and the film was alright.

    Fave scenes have to be the big bear finding redemption/ salvation against the bigger polar that beat him previously.

    The female lead was alright…… little bit attitudey

    I enjoyed the film. Though it did feel’s like more of a ‘girly’ film?

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