Inkheart film poster



106 minutes

Directed by

Iain Softley

Produced by

Cornelia Funke
Ileen Maisel
Dylan Cuva
Iain Softley
Ute Leonhardt
Toby Emmerich
Mark Ordesky
Ileen Maisel
Andrew Licht

Screenplay by

David Lindsay-Abaire


International Film Production Blackbird Dritte
New Line Cinema

Music by

Javier Navarrete

Release date(s)

December 11, 2008 (Germany)
December 12, 2008 (UK)
January 23, 2009 (USA)

Inkheart is a film adaption of Cornelia Funke's Inkheart, directed by Iain Softley.

Film descriptionModify the text

Mortimer "Mo" Folchart (Brendan Fraser) and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), share a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages.

On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo hears voices he hasn't heard for years, and when he locates the book they're coming from, it sends a shiver up his spine. It's Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and strange creatures—a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa (Sienna Guillory), vanished into its mystical world.

But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn (Andy Serkis), the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to life—the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family—some from the real world, some from the pages of books—and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.[1]

CastModify the text

PlotModify the text

Believe it or not, I actually found a dried-up piece of salami used as a book mark in one of the latest books I bought, a wonderful nineteenth-century first edition.
Elinor Loredan,
Inkheart, Ch. 4 - A House Full of Books

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All chapter titles are as they are listed in the Blu-Ray.[2]

1. Silvertongue on a SearchModify the text

2. Opening Up InkheartModify the text

3. Elinor's VillaModify the text

4. The LibraryModify the text

5. Taken CaptiveModify the text

6. Into the BookModify the text

7. Capricorn's PawnsModify the text

8. Fortune and FlamesModify the text

9. Just a DreamModify the text

10. Reading Their EscapeModify the text

11. End of Their StoriesModify the text

12. Author Meets CharacterModify the text

13. Bring Her BackModify the text

14. Another SilvertongueModify the text

15. Along for the RideModify the text

16. Look Who's BackModify the text

17. Fate of the DisobedientModify the text

18. JailbreakModify the text

19. Plans and NonplansModify the text

20. Time to Be ReunitedModify the text

21. Rising ShadowModify the text

22. Ashes In the WindModify the text

23. Reading Everything ArightModify the text

24. Dustfinger's TurnModify the text

Differences between novel and filmModify the text

  • In the end of the film, Dustfinger is read back into his story and Farid ends up staying with the horned marten Gwin, Meggie, Mo, Resa, Darius, and Elinor to find out more about the life style and what will happen if they start and turn a new chapter in this freakish place on pages called the Inkworld.

List of featured literature and authorsModify the text

This is an incomplete list of references in the film in order of appearances:

  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll
    • (Pan Books 1947 paperback edition; physically shown)
  • "Little Red Riding Hood" in Grimms' Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm
    • (edition unknown; physically shown and read)
  • Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh (mentioned)
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • (mentioned; edition unknown; physically shown)
  • Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
    • (sentences of the story spoke to Mo)
  • Heidi, Johanna Spyri
    • (sentences of the story spoke to Mo; edition unknown; physically shown)
  • Bleak House, Charles Dickens
    • (edition unknown; physically shown)
  • Barnaby Rudge - Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens
    • (edition unknown; physically shown)
    • Presumably containing:
      • Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty
      • The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    • (sentences of the story spoke to Mo)
  • Thomas Hardy (mentioned)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
    • (edition unknown; physically shown and read)
    • (used an illustration closely resembling the interior title page of the 1900's first edition as its cover)
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
    • (sentences of the story spoke to Meggie)
  • Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
    • (the ticking crocodile was physically shown)
  • The Little Match Girl, Hans Christian Andersen (mentioned)
  • "Rapunzel" (version unknown)
    • (edition unknown; physically shown and read)
  • "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" in Arabian Nights, multiple authors
    • (edition unknown; physically shown and read)
  • Geoffrey Chaucer ("Chaucer" being mentioned)
  • "Hansel and Gretel", Brothers Grimm
    • (the gingerbread house was physically shown)
  • "The Sword in the Stone" (version unknown; presumably the tale by T.H. White)
    • (the sword in the stone was physically shown)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
    • (edition unknown; physically shown and read)
  • A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    • (the grave of "Ebenezer Scrooge" was physically shown)
  • "Cinderella" (version unknown)
    • (a glass slipper was physically shown)

TrailersModify the text

Inkheart - Original Theatrical Trailer

Inkheart - Original Theatrical Trailer

External linksModify the text

ReferencesModify the text

  1. Inkheart Production notes - Film official website
  2. Inkheart - ChapterDB

Cornelia Funk's Inkworld Trilogy
Inkheart book reference quotes radio play film film soundtrack game
Inkspell book reference quotes radio play - - -
Inkdeath book reference quotes radio play - - -
Other written works (not all by Funke) Other canon
Inkheart Movie: Novelization Cornelia Funke - The Official Website -
Inkheart Movie: Storybook MirrorWorld by Cornelia Funke App
Inkheart Movie: Reader, Farid's Story The Color of Revenge
Cornelia Funke: Inkheart, Wild Chicks and Ghosthunters: the Fantastical Visual Worlds from the Early Children's Books to Reckless
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