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Man of La Mancha (1972)

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.

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Cast

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Pedro
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Antonia Quijana
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Captain of the Guard
Dorothy Sinclair ...
The Innkeeper's Wife
Miriam Acevedo ...
Fermina
Dominic Barto ...
Muleteer (as Dominic Bartó)
Poldo Bendandi ...

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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 1973 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de La Mancha  »

Box Office

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(DeLuxe)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of the last films to receive a limited-release, reserved-seat "roadshow" engagement prior to its general release. Lost Horizon (1973) was the last of the "big film musicals" to receive this kind of release during the time period. See more »

Goofs

When the ramp is lowered down into the dungeon, the chains "supporting" it are loose and slack; if bearing the weight of the ramp they would be taut. See more »

Quotes

Miguel de Cervantes: We are to appear before the Inquisition.
The Governor: Heresy?
Miguel de Cervantes: No, not exactly. You see, we were presenting an entertainment.
The Governor: An entertainment? How does an entertainment get into trouble with the Inquisition?
Cervantes' Manservant: Perhaps they found an entertainment is not always what it seems.
The Governor: [to the Manservant] But why are YOU here?
Cervantes' Manservant: Somebody has to stage-manage the stage.
The Governor: Ho, ho! These two have empty holes in their heads!
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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 »

Connections

Version of Don Quixote (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Dulcinea
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Performed by Simon Gilbert and Men's Chorus
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Greatest Movie Ever
20 October 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I consider myself somewhat of a movie aficionado, having seen several thousand movies over the past forty years; and I can unequivocably say that "Man of La Mancha" is my all-time favorite movie. While some of the familiar criticisms lodged against it are valid, there is still no other movie that can approach its depth or poignancy. I judge a movie by its ability to move me: to make me laugh, to make me cry, to make me think. This movie tackles one of the greatest themes of life: whether to live in a helpful illusion or live in the harshness of reality. Don Quixote's story is the ultimate in human heroism, a tragic man of courage struggling to see and live life, not as it is, but as it should be. His unwavering idealism in the face of all-too-familiar cynicism and skepticism is both foolhardy and inspiring. This movie always leaves me, not with tears trickling, but with great sobbing. I strongly recommend it for both your heart and your head.


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