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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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Rupert / Adolphus
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Bill / Albrecht
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Queen Ariadne / Violet
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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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baron | moon | escape | vulcan | turkish | See All (246) »

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras del barón Munchausen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,630,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,083,123 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the first day of shooting in Almeria, Spain, Terry Gilliam managed to get 24 seconds of footage in the can. He was hampered by gusting winds and the fact that the costumes sent over from Rome were held up at the airport due to Spanish custom workers being on strike. He managed to secure 35 seconds of footage on the second day. See more »

Goofs

When the Baron is being carried off by Vulcan, you can see a wire attached to the tail of his coat. See more »

Quotes

Horatio Jackson: Take this man, Baron. He has today shown a commendable level of Bravery, far beyond the call of Duty.
Soldier: That's all right, sir. Proud to be doing my job.
Horatio Jackson: Have him executed at once.
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Horatio Jackson: We can't have such emotional people demoralising the average citizen.
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Used by the permission of K Man Corporation & Kay-Gee-Bee Music Limited
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User Reviews

 
Great Surprise

My kids, who are great Monty Python fans found this movie at the library. Thinking that I knew about all the successful Monty Python related movies I figured that this movie must have been a sleeper. I was greatly surprised by the movie.

In my opinion this movie was much better than Time Bandits. Time Bandits was weak mainly because of the weak (or non-existent) ending. This movie had a much better conclusion. Plus, this movie also had a very strong thread running through the movie, without hitting you over the head with it.

I also enjoyed the literary references and Robin Williams as the king of the Moon. My favorite reference was when Venus came out of the giant clam. It reminded me of Kilgore Trout's "Venus on the Half Shell." (Kurt Vonegut). That was a very nice touch.


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