In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their ... See full summary »
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
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A lot of the negative press about the film turned out to emanate from the completion bond company, Film Finances. Their lawyer was Steve Ransohoff, son of producer Martin Ransohoff who was also Ray Stark's friend and partner. Stark and then Columbia head David Puttnam had an ongoing feud which many felt ultimately led to the unceremonious ousting of Puttnam from the film studio's management where he was quickly replaced by Dawn Steel. See more »
When the Baron is being carried off by Vulcan, you can see a wire attached to the tail of his coat. See more »
[the group sees a large sea monster ahead]
I spy with my little eye something beginning with "M".
It's a demon of the deep!
That begins with "D" you klutz!
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Yet another wild, whacked out fantasy from Terry Gilliam, the only American born member of the Monty Python comedy troupe.
This is the story of Baron Munchausen (Neville), an old man still being chased by an Arabian king because after winning a bet Munchausen took too much money out of the king's vaults and now the king and his army are apparently attacking a colony because Munchausen's there. With the help of toothy little girl (Sarah Polley before she grew up to do the remake of "Dawn of the Dead") and rounding up his old comrades (among them Eric Idle, the "third tallest member of Monty Python"). All sorts of wild insanity ensues.
This was the last of Gilliam's "trilogy of the imagination", the other two entries in this so called trilogy being "Time Bandits" and "Brazil". If Terry Gilliam has a flaw with his fantasies, it may very well be that he drags out some gags too long, even if its a really good gag. Though I'm not entirely sure I enjoy his work, I must say I admire Gilliam and the recklessness of his projects, because at least he's got the balls to try to do things differently. To this day, he still ranks as being one of the most off the wall, unconventional director chaps out there.
All in all, I think I liked this one better than either "Time Bandits" or "Brazil" (though "Brazil" probably has the most racy commentary of Gilliam's so called trilogy).
Best line: "We're out of virgins." - Jonathan Pryce
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