January 23rd, 2009



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Still of Brendan Fraser in InkheartStill of Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Eliza Bennett in InkheartStill of Brendan Fraser in InkheartStill of Jim Broadbent and Eliza Bennett in InkheartStill of Paul Bettany in InkheartStill of Brendan Fraser and Eliza Bennett in Inkheart

A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.0/10 (24,444 voted)

Director: Iain Softley

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett

Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it's up to her to escape Capricorn's evil grasp.

Writers: David Lindsay-Abaire, Cornelia Funke

Brendan Fraser - Mo 'Silvertongue' Folchart
Sienna Guillory - Resa Folchart
Eliza Bennett - Meggie Folchart (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
Richard Strange - Antiquarian Bookshop Owner
Paul Bettany - Dustfinger
Helen Mirren - Elinor Loredan
Matt King - Cockerell
Steve Speirs - Flatnose
Jamie Foreman - Basta
Stephen Graham - Fulvio
Mirabel O'Keefe - Young Meggie
Andy Serkis - Capricorn
John Thomson - Darius
Lesley Sharp - Mortola
Tereza Srbova - Rapunzel

Taglines: Every story ever written is just waiting to become real.


Official Website: Blog [Brazil] | Official site |

Release Date: 23 January 2009

Filming Locations: Balestrino, Savona, Liguria, Italy

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £700,146 (UK) (14 December 2008) (410 Screens)

Gross: $57,490,374 (Worldwide) (3 May 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Rowan Atkinson was considered for the role of Capricorn.

Factual errors: The Volkswagen Campervan that is used near the beginning of the film has a Zürich number plate, yet the cantonal coat of arms to the right of the number plate is that of the canton of Ticino (red and blue stripe). This is incorrect: The coat of arms should have been a white-blue stripe, which is the coat of arms of Zürich Canton and would correspond correctly to the number plate.

Dustfinger: [talking about Resa] Well she's almost okay.
Mo 'Silvertongue' Folchart: Almost?
Dustfinger: She has no voice.

User Review

Can't believe no one's mentioned...

Rating: 7/10

This was a very enjoyable film; maybe not as exciting and a bit more contrived than I'd been looking forward to, but it was still very enjoyable in the main.

But one thing stood out above any other in this film; and that was: Paul Bettany's performance as Dustfinger.

He was just brilliant, and absolutely stole the film for me. I thought he was a good actor anyway, but the moment he came on I had to stop and think "wow!", and I continued to be impressed throughout the film, as his character development just got more and more interesting. I felt far more sympathy with his character than Brendan Frasers (even though I think he's fantastic!), and I felt that he was the true 'main character' of the film (in the same way as Sam is to Lord of the Rings).

If anyone is unsure about seeing Inkheart, I would suggest that it is a must-see if only for Paul Bettany's absolutely stunning performance; he is intense, emotional, funny, troubled, heroic and just plain brilliant.

Also high praise for Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, who were very refreshing. I did feel more could have been done with Andy Serkis and Brendan Fraser, they didn't wow me as much as I'd expected.

But overall a very enjoyable film!!


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