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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  10 March 1989 (USA)
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An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Desmond / Berthold
Charles McKeown ...
Rupert / Adolphus
Winston Dennis ...
Bill / Albrecht
Jeremy / Gustavus
Queen Ariadne / Violet
Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey ...
Venus / Rose
Ray Cooper ...
Don Henderson ...


The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras del barón Munchausen  »

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Box Office


$46,630,000 (estimated)


$8,083,123 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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After Sean Connery withdrew from the film, Gene Wilder and Walter Matthau were considered for King of the Moon. See more »


A crew member is visible in the lower right hand corner during the pull back from the underwear balloon just moments before one of the guards says, "We'd better tell someone about this." He is a man wearing a blue satin jacket, which clearly reads "King Kong Lives" in red lettering. See more »


Baron Munchausen: I'm Baron Munchausen!
Berthold: That sounds nasty. Is it contagious?
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Crazy Credits

This is a new motion picture. This motion picture is not to be confused with the UFA/Transit/Murnau 1942/43 motion picture bearing the title 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'. See more »


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Music & Lyrics by Michael Kamen & Eric Idle
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The King Of The Moon, and other wild things
25 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is one of those films that you either love or hate. You may hate it because the inner child in you has not been released. You may love it because the inner child in you have full reign and want a wonderful fairy tale. This film has all the elements, flying ships (A balloon made of ladies knickers), monsters (A gigantic whale that looks like an island), and a little girl observing all the fantastical adventures. A city is under siege and a theater troupe is trying to perform a play during all of this. In comes an elderly man (The wonderful John Neville)who claims that the troupe has it all wrong and that he, himself, is the real Baron and wants to tell the story straight. From there, his adventure really takes off. He and Sally (The cute as a button Sarah Polley)go off in search of his friends to help save the city: Berthold (Clever Eric Idle), the fastest man around; Albrecht, the strongest man in the world; Adolphus, the man with the sharpest sight around and Gustavus, the man with the keen hearing and breath that can blow elephants off their feet. The gangs adventures bring them to the Moon, where the King (Wild as ever Robin Williams)has trouble holding on to his head, to the Underworld, where Venus (Beautiful Uma Thurman)drives her hubby Vulcan (The wonderful Oliver Reed) insane with jealousy. The story and the visuals (Especially the Moon) are beautiful and the ending is interesting. You get so caught up in the story that the viewer gets lost in what is real and what is not. Great for teens and up. Kids may get scared at some of the scenes.

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