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Man of La Mancha (1972)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  8 September 1973 (Italy)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film (and play) is actually only inspired by a tiny section of Cervantes' "Don Quixote". See more »

Goofs

Miguel (pronounced Mee-GELL) is mispronounced by various characters as "Mee-GWELL". See more »

Quotes

Captain of the Guard: If you need anything, just shout... If you're able.
Cervantes' Manservant: What did he mean by that?
Miguel de Cervantes: He meant to frighten us. I think they intend us to stay.
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Crazy Credits

Practically all of the actors in the film, with the exception of those who play the Captain of the Guard and the soldiers of the Spanish Inquisition respectively, play dual or triple roles, but only five of them are actually listed in the credits as having done so. All of the other actors are listed as if they only played one role in the film. See more »

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Man of La Mancha
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Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Performed by Simon Gilbert, Peter O'Toole (speaking),
and James Coco
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The Impossible Dream
2 August 2004 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

I've been reading a lot of negative reviews for this movie, and I can't understand why. I've seen "Man of La Mancha" twice now and find it incredibly entertaining and inspiring. Though he doesn't sing, Peter O'Toole is enchanting as Quixote and Sophia Loren (perhaps the sexiest woman in film history) is a marvelous Aldonza/Dulcinea. The songs, less numerous than those in the play, are well sung, arranged and recorded (except for one bit where Sancho's mouth moves but no sound comes out) the action is choreographed beautifully and the story moves along very well. Moreover, it fits neatly into the "Yeah, he's crazy. So?" category alongside films like "Harvey" and "Don Juan DeMarco."

So why would others choose to give this a bad review? I may have the answer. Not only have I listened to songs from the two Broadway cast recordings that exist, I have had much experience with Broadway fans (being one myself) and know that the truly die-hard fans tend to ONLY like the original cast ONLY like the original production and NEVER like the movie version.

This is the conclusion I have reached: It isn't the movie "Man of La Mancha" that sucks...it's the play. Indeed, watching it on screen you are given to wonder how it can be successfully presented on stage, and perhaps it cannot. But, old-school Broadway fans won't have it! "The original is better" say the die-hards. "Who needs Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando? The original cast of 'Guys and Dolls' is better! Richard Gere? Jerry Orbach is better in 'Chicago'! And the movie version on 'Bye Bye Birdie' sucks."

These are all monstrous lies, as Sinatra, Brando and Gere were great in their respective movies and the movie version of 'Bye Bye Birdie' is infinitely superior to the play. So don't listen to the die-hards, choose quality over tradition. Rent or buy "Man of La Mancha" on DVD because it's one you'll want to watch again and again.


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