MPAA Rating: PG-13, for sequences of fantasy violence
Age range: Ages 13 and up
Runtime: Approx. 113 minutes
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Tom Courtenay, Ben Walker, Adam Godley, Simon McBurney, Nonso Anozie, Jim Carter, Clare Higgins, Ian McKellen (voice actor), Jack Shepherd, Magda Szubanski, Ian McShane, Freddie Highmore (voice actor) and Daniel Craig
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director/Screenwriter: Chris Weitz
Release Date: December 7, 2007
The golden Compass - Movie Trailer
The Golden Compass - Official Synopsis
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. The Golden Compass 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. At the center of the story is Lyra (played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards), a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers - and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well.
The Golden Compass - Note to Parents, The Golden Compass Controversy
Because the movie is based on the novels by Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass has sparked considerable controversy among religious groups and others. Author Philip Pullman is known to be an atheist, and some groups claim that the trilogy for young adults that begins with his novel The Golden Compass has the distinct agenda of promoting his atheist cause. Mr. Pullman, however, has repeatedly said that in his books, God and the church represent any totalitarian organization and not just God or religion specifically. Pullman discussed his books in detail on the Today Show, and his remarks are available on the official movie website.