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Doctor Strange (2016)

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While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Dr. Stephen Strange
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Mordo
Rachel McAdams ... Dr. Christine Palmer
Benedict Wong ... Wong
Mads Mikkelsen ... Kaecilius
Tilda Swinton ... The Ancient One
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Dr. Nicodemus West
Benjamin Bratt ... Jonathan Pangborn
Scott Adkins ... Lucian / Strong Zealot
Zara Phythian ... Brunette Zealot
Alaa Safi ... Tall Zealot
Katrina Durden ... Blonde Zealot
Topo Wresniwiro ... Hamir
Umit Ulgen ... Sol Rama
Linda Louise Duan ... Tina Minoru (as Linda Duan)
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Storyline

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Written by Marvel

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Open your mind. Change your reality. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action throughout, and an intense crash sequence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Strange See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$85,058,311, 6 November 2016

Gross USA:

$232,641,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$677,718,395
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Benedict Cumberbatch is now the second Sherlock Holmes player to appear in a Marvel film. In this film, he plays a doctor. Fittingly, Holmes was also modeled after a real doctor, Joseph Bell. Bell has been played by Brian Cox, who was both the first actor to play Hannibal Lecter, and the first Lecter to appear in a Marvel film (X-Men 2). Mads Mikkelsen is the first Lecter player. See more »

Goofs

The whole reason for Doctor Strange's journey is because he is told Jonathan Pangborn made a complete recovery from a spinal injury at C7-C8 level. There are only 7 cervical vertebrae. There is a nerve between the C7 and T1 vertebrae that is called C8. This may be what Pangborn was referring to. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Ancient One: Master Kaecilius. That ritual will bring you only sorrow.
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits appears in a sequence of shifting mandalas. See more »


Soundtracks

Shining Star
Written by Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, and Maurice White
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire (as Earth, Wind & Fire)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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visually mind-blowing
11 February 2017 | by mortimerdiegoSee all my reviews

In terms of the quality of the film as a whole, I would give Doctor Strange a 7, but because of its visual effects and implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am totally giving it an 8. Let me explain.

Watching this in theaters with the sometimes too-loud sound, seeing the buildings and streets give way and rotate and otherwise bend themselves completely to a person's whim, immediately made me think of Inception. But this was even more hectic. This wasn't imaginary, this was real.

Another thing. Finally in the MCU we have some sorcery, direct utilization of magical energy for combat. Discussion of other dimensions; even traveling between them at will. Doctor Strange's final outfit is just wicked cool. If you know the character from the Marvel comics, then you'll know that he's pretty damn powerful. Unfortunately this is an origins film, that is, it reveals how Doctor Strange became Doctor Strange the Sorcerer Supreme; the real deal will come in the third Avengers film hopefully.

As a follower of the MCU who's seen basically all of the released films to date, I was eagerly awaiting this one, and I was not dissatisfied. The music was riveting as usual per a Marvel film (Giacchino), the fight sequences intense, the otherworldly conflicts enormous. I'm so glad this guy's joining the Avengers in their imminent battle with Thanos, or at least I'm pretty sure he is. Now all that being said, Doctor Strange wouldn't fall in my top 5 MCU films; Captain America, Avengers 2, for example were much better, but it's part of the MCU, and therefore is a must-see for any MCU fan.

I also noticed a lot more wit and almost off-character humor in this film than in other MCU films. And of course, as all the MCU films are taking place chronologically within the same universe (or multiverse?), there are several references to the bigger pictures, i.e. the Avengers.


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