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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [1988] (2 discs)

Director:Terry Gilliam
Writer:Charles McKeown
Terry Gilliam
Composer:Eric Idle
Michael Kamen
Length:126 minutes
(2 hours 6 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:India
IMDB Rating:7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:92%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Baron Munchausen sets out to find his men and finish a war.

Reaction: Quite an odd assortment of adventures. Very Terry Gilliam.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Terry Gilliam => Director / Writer / Irritating Singer Inside Fish (uncredited)
Charles McKeown => Writer / Rupert / Adolphus
Eric Idle => Composer / Desmond / Berthold
Michael Kamen => Composer
Gottfried August Bürger => Novel
Rudolph Erich Raspe => Novel
Alison Steadman => Daisy
Bill Paterson => Henry Salt
Jack Purvis => Jeremy / Gustavus
John Neville => Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen
Jonathan Pryce => The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
José Lifante => Dr. Death (as Jose Lifante)
Kiran Shah => Executioner's Assistant
Oliver Reed => Vulcan
Peter Jeffrey => Sultan
Robin Williams => King of the Moon (as Ray D. Tutto)
Sarah Polley => Sally Salt
Sting => Heroic Officer
Uma Thurman => Venus / Rose
Valentina Cortese => Queen Ariadne / Violet
Winston Dennis => Bill / Albrecht

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This may be coincidence, but the character names Gustavus and Adolphus, when put together, is the name of a college, Gustavus Adolphus, in St. Peter, Minnesota. Terry Gilliam is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Forms an informal trilogy with director Terry Gilliam's previous films, Time Bandits and Brazil. The three movies represent the three stages of Man (youth, middle age, and elderly) and the impact of imagination on each. Jack Purvis also appears in all three films.
  • The role of the King of the Moon was intended for Sean Connery until the role was largely cut. Sean Connery didn't think it was "kingly" enough, thus the role was played by Robin Williams.
  • Robin Williams played the King of the Moon. The credits list "Ray D. Tutto". This is the English transliteration of the Italian phrase "Re di Tutto", which means "King of Everything", which was how the King of the Moon introduces himself to the Baron. Robin Williams performed the part as soon as he arrived in England after a transatlantic flight.
  • Munchausen throws out roses to all the women except one; when Sally asks for a flower, he throws her a scarlet pimpernel.
  • In the scene in the King of the Moon's bedroom, above the headboard is a small bust. In a close-up shot, the eyes of the bust are seen to contain lights that blink on and off, accompanied by the sound of a camera whirring and clicking. This is line producer [?] David Tomblin's homage to [The Prisoner], which he helped produce and direct in the late 1960s.
  • Jon Pertwee was a strong contender for the role of Munchausen.
  • The name of the Baron's horse is "Bucephalus". This was the name of [?] Alexander the Great's horse.
  • The song that is sung by the cyclops when Vulcan carries off Venus to the bedroom is the old Welsh Lullaby All Through the Night.
  • Steven Berkoff is often wrongly credited with being in this film by some "Who's Who" books.