Great Performances: Season 15, Episode 1

Monsignor Quixote (13 Feb. 1987)

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In this modern adaptation of the Don Quixote theme based on a novel by Graham Greene Quixote is an old spanish village priest who travels through Spain with his friend, Sancho, the ... See full summary »

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Sancho Zancas
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Bishop of Motopo
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Maurice Denham ...
Senor Diego
Philip Stone ...
Father Leopoldo
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Teresa
Valentine Pelka ...
Father Herrera
Don Fellows ...
Professor Pilbeam
Gareth Kirkland ...
Paco
Clive Merrison ...
Shop Assistant
Roland Oliver ...
Stout Guardia
Carl Forgione ...
Second Guardia
Peter Gale ...
Undertaker
Colin Haigh ...
Guardia by River
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In this modern adaptation of the Don Quixote theme based on a novel by Graham Greene Quixote is an old spanish village priest who travels through Spain with his friend, Sancho, the village's mayor and his car called Rosinante. On their way he has to master the same adventures as his ancestor. Written by Robert Zeithammel <zeit@cip.physik.uni-muenchen.de>

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Ian Richardson and Rosalie Crutchley, who appear respectively in this film as a bishop and Father Quixote's housekeeper, played similar roles in another Don Quixote film, "Man of La Mancha". In that film, Richardson played the village priest and Rosalie Crutchley his housekeeper. See more »

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Good, but less than it might have been
2 March 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

No film with Alec Guinness and Leo McKern in the leads, based on a Graham Greene novel can be bad. But this comes closer than I wish it did.

It's played far more 'cute' than it need be, from the dated, overly up-beat music, to the lack of edge given to either of the two main characters – a Roman Catholic Priest, and his friend, a communist. There's no reason not to allow these men more real, complex personalities.

In addition, the Don Quixote parallels are already quite obvious, but the film insists on pilling them on, and then explaining them.

But all that said, there are enough wonderful moments of acting to certainly make this watchable, and even worthwhile, even if it doesn't hit anywhere near the heights I was hoping for, after spending a long while tracking down a copy.


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