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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Fermina
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Muleteer (as Dominic Bartó)
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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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8 September 1973 (Italy)  »

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El hombre de La Mancha  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Kirk Douglas was so keen to play Don Quixote that he offered Paramount $1m for the rights. 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

Don Quixote: Dear God, it is she. Sweet lady, fair virgin. I dare not gaze fully upon thy countenance as I'd be blinded by beauty.
Aldonza: I'll get you the wine.
Don Quixote: My lady, you must not wait upon my needs, I implore you. Speak once, your name
Aldonza: Aldonza.
Don Quixote: My lady jest!
Aldonza: Aldonza!
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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

Referenced in Moon Over Parador (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All The Same
Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Sung by Sophia Loren
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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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