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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

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Storyline

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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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Abenteuer des Baron Münchhausen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,630,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$597,400, 10 March 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,083,123
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Baron Munchausen's dog is named Argos, which was the name of Odysseus' dog in "The Odyssey" by Homer. Baron Munchausen orders Argos to "stay" when he leaves for his adventure, and Argos is there to greet the Baron when he returns to the besieged city, as Odysseus' dog Argos did in "The Odyssey." See more »

Goofs

During the long pull-back shot which shows how deep in the Sultan's camp the Baron is being held, extras quickly move together as the camera moves back to cover the dolly track on the ground, but frequently do not succeed. See more »

Quotes

Baron Munchausen: What's this?
Vulcan: Oh, this is our prototype. RX, uh, Intercontinental, radar-sneaky, multi-warheaded nuclear missile.
Baron Munchausen: Ah! What does it do?
Vulcan: Do? Kills the enemy.
Baron Munchausen: All the enemy?
Vulcan: Aye, all of them. All their wives, and all their children, and all their sheep, and all their cattle, and all their cats and dogs. All of them. All of them gone for good.
Sally: That's horrible.
Vulcan: Ahh. Well, you see, the advantage is you don't have to see one single one of them die. You just sit comfortably thousands of miles away from ...
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Man of the match David Tomblin. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Torturer's Apprentice
Music & Lyrics by Michael Kamen & Eric Idle
Used by the permission of K Man Corporation & Kay-Gee-Bee Music Limited
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Give me flights of imagination over drama anyday!
19 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Wasn't feeling the very best today, but had to get on with it anyway, as you do, you know, and, when I finally got a chance to sit down in my own living room this afternoon who should come bursting thru the door but my 6 year old son and about 7 of his friends... JUST as this movie, which I've always adored, came on one of The SKY movie channels. I closed the living room curtains for cinematic effect and we all sat down and watched it. They were all entranced by it, even tho' some of them had seen it already.

I've seen "The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen" myself many times and it never fails to fascinate me. It goes a very long way to explain many things that are omnipresent in life (war, sex romance, childhood innocence, adult disillusionment) by illustrating, and somehow making real, well-known classical myths and fairy tales. Oliver Reed deserved some sort of award for his portrayal of the god Vulcan. I read that Sean Connery was slated for the part of King of The Moon but it HAD to be Robin Williams. Mork calling Orson indeed....

This is my first review in this forum and, therefore, I will not go on at great length except to say that viewing this movie again made me determined to state that my favourite movies are movies like "The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen", "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Yellow Submarine". May you all develop a talent for living happily ever after!


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