Matthew Vaughn (2007)

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Our Score
This adaptation of the fantasy graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess invites comparison with The Princess Bride and Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen for its fantastical imagination, scale, humour and cross-generational appeal. Charlie Cox plays Tristan, a young shop assistant in rural Victorian England, who enters a magical parallel world in pursuit of a fallen star in order to prove his worth to indifferent sweetheart Victoria (Sienna Miller). The star has taken on the earthly shape of Yvaine (Claire Danes) and the two find themselves pursued by Lamia the witch (Michelle Pfeiffer) and a motley crew of murderous princes, several of whom are dead. Salvation comes in the unlikely form of Captain Shakespeare (Robert De Niro), the transvestite captain of a flying pirate ship, and the initial animosity between Tristan and Yvaine slowly gives way to affection. The pace is brisk throughout and the story (co-written by Mrs Jonathan Ross, Jane Goldman) delightfully picaresque, while director Matthew Vaughn makes the most of some awesome Scottish and Icelandic backdrops and impressive studio sets.


A young shop assistant in Victorian England enters a magical parallel world in search of a fallen star to give to the girl of his dreams. However, the star has taken on the form of a beautiful woman, who he helps flee from a wicked witch and a murderous prince. Fantasy adventure, based on Neil Gaiman's novel, with Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Mark Strong and Sienna Miller. Narrated by Ian McKellen.

Cast & Crew

Yvaine Claire Danes
Tristan Thorne Charlie Cox
Lamia Michelle Pfeiffer
Captain Shakespeare Robert De Niro
Septimus Mark Strong
Ferdy the fence Ricky Gervais
Victoria Sienna Miller
Primus Jason Flemyng
Secondus Rupert Everett
The King Peter O'Toole
Skinny pirate Dexter Fletcher
Narrator Ian McKellen
Guard David Kelly
Young Dunstan Ben Barnes
Ditchwater Sal Melanie Hill
Dunstan Nathaniel Parker
Tertius Mark Heap
Sextus David Walliams
Quartus Julian Rhind-Tutt
Quintus Adam Buxton
Empusa Sarah Alexander
Billy Mark Williams
Slave girl / Una Kate Magowan
Humphrey Henry Cavill
Mormo Joanna Scanlan
Girl Bernard Olivia Grant
Bernard Jake Curran
Director Matthew Vaughn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Oct 2007