The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.



(musical play), (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonia Quijana
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Captain of the Guard
Dorothy Sinclair ...
The Innkeeper's Wife
Miriam Acevedo ...
Dominic Barto ...
Muleteer (as Dominic Bartó)
Poldo Bendandi ...


This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza). Written by Reid Gagle

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Rarely does the motion picture bring to the screen all the warmth, adventure and great music you've been waiting for. See more »


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Release Date:

8 September 1973 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de La Mancha  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even Sophia Loren queried why the film was shot in grubby soundstages in Rome instead of the glorious locations of Andalucia where the film is supposedly set. See more »


At the start of the brawl with the Muleteers, Aldonza goes from standing right next to Pedro to far behind him and back throughout the scene. She also appears to be moving toward him in two separate shots. See more »


Don Quixote: Not well? What is illness to the body of a knight-errant? What matter wounds? For each time he falls, he shall rise again, and woe to the wicked.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, we see the animated sails of a windmill, which, with each turn, begin to reveal, and finally become, a sketch of the face of Don Quixote. The camera moves in for an extreme closeup of the facial features, which, as the camera gets close, reveal themselves to be a giant prop in an outdoor stage presentation during a festival. As the opening credits end, the sketch of that prop dissolves into the real item. See more »


Referenced in Frasier: The Impossible Dream (1996) See more »


Man of La Mancha
(second reprise)
Sung by Simon Gilbert , Sophia Loren,
and James Coco
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User Reviews

24 February 2005 | by (Woodbridge Twp NJ) – See all my reviews

As one who is familiar with the works of Cervantes I must say that this particular representation is among if not the best of all.

Peter O'Toole leads an ensemble of many of the best actors, and actresses of the time. Among them that classical beauty Sophia Loren, who played Aldonza/Dulcenea to perfection.

O'Toole gives what I consider to be one of his best, if not the best performance of his life. His natural style captivates audiences, totally. I have seen few actors who can act so natural, and with such eloquence. His gift of oratory is quite remarkable.

The beautiful Loren with her natural acting style, and wit gives the character of Aldonza/Dulcenea the most justice any actress can give a role.

The rest of the cast, the priest, Quijana's niece, housekeeper, play the part of self centered people fooling themselves into "they're only thinking of his (Quijana/Quixote's) well being , to the infinite degree. Equally talented were the muleteers , Pedro the head muleteer was a real card.

The audience must take into consideration the fact that almost all the actors, and actresses were playing dual roles. This in an of itself is an credit to their acting abilities.

No commentary would be complete without mentioning the music. It ranks as one of my top ten soundtracks. I listen to some of the songs on an almost daily basis.

This film is superb.

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