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THE GOLDEN COMPASS
USA: New Line Cinema
UK: Entertainment Distributors
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Daniel Craig, Tom Courtenay, Derek Jacobi, Jack Shepherd, Ben Walker, Simon McBurney, Jim Carter, Clare Higgins, Magda Szubanski, Christopher Lee, Nonso Anozie, Adam Godley, Edward de Souza, Charlie Rowe, Steven Loton, Michael Antoniou, Mark Mottram
Cast (voices of): Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates, Kristin Scott Thomas, Freddie Highmore, Ian McShane
Director: Chris Weitz
Countries: USA / UK
USA & UK: 113 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence
UK Certificate: PG contains moderate fantasy violence and intense scenes
USA Release Date: 7 December 2007
UK Release Date: 5 December 2007
Based on author Philip Pullman's bestselling and award-winning novel, THE GOLDEN COMPASS tells the first story in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. It is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches co-exist.
The central character is a 12 year-old girl called Lyra Belacqua (played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards), who starts out trying to rescue her best friend Roger (Ben Walker) who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers. Then as the story unfolds Lyra ends up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well.
THE GOLDEN COMPASS stars an ensemble cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green and Ian McShane. The film is written and directed by Chris Weitz (ABOUT A BOY, ANTZ).