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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sancho Zancas
Bishop of Motopo
Maurice Denham ...
Senor Diego
Philip Stone ...
Father Leopoldo
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Valentine Pelka ...
Father Herrera
Don Fellows ...
Professor Pilbeam
Gareth Kirkland ...
Clive Merrison ...
Shop Assistant
Roland Oliver ...
Stout Guardia
Carl Forgione ...
Second Guardia
Peter Gale ...
Colin Haigh ...
Guardia by River


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 <>

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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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Nice film version of a wonderful novel
23 January 2005 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

A very nicely done film version of one of my favourite books. The screenplay follows Graham Greene's novel very closely, aptly inserting the problem of faith and doubt into a classic road movie. The locations in Spain were well chosen.

Though I sometimes had the impression that the film is little more than an illustration of the book by means of moving pictures, the performances, especially by the very touching Alec Guinness, are well worth seeing it. I especially liked the scene of Quixote's discussion with his bishop - in this moment, the film gained some genuine punch of its own.

I also loved very much how the final climax of the book was rendered - played by Guinness who was himself a devout Catholic in his lifetime: 'corpus Christi... companero, you must kneel, companero!'.

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