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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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Cast

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Desmond / Berthold
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Charles McKeown ...
Rupert / Adolphus
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Bill / Albrecht
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Jeremy / Gustavus
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Queen Ariadne / Violet
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Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey ...
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Venus / Rose
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Daisy
Ray Cooper ...
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Don Henderson ...
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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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Remarkable. Unbelievable. Impossible. And true. See more »


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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

Director's trade mark: "Persons of Short Stature". In most every Gilliam film there is an actor of short stature. In this one, the character of Gustavus is played by Jack Purvis. See more »

Goofs

The Baron begins playing cards with four cards in his hand. He is dealt a fifth, but the close-up of his hand still shows four. See more »

Quotes

Horatio Jackson: He won't get far on hot air and fantasy.
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Crazy Credits

The King of The Moon - Ray D. Tutto (homonym of Italian re' di tutto=king of all). The actor's real name is Robin Williams. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) 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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One of the Most Delightful, Non-Sense and Visually Stunning Fantasies
7 September 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the late Eighteenth Century, a European town is under siege of the Turkish army. Meanwhile, the theater company owned by Henry Salt (Bill Paterson) entertains the dwellers with the production of "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen". Out of the blue, an old man interrupts the presentation claiming that he is Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen (John Neville) and he tells that he is the one to be blamed by the Turkish attack.

The Baron Munchausen tells how he had won a bet against the Sultan (Petter Jeffrey) with the abilities of his servants Berthold (Eric Idle); Adolphus (Charles McKeown}; Albrecht (Winston Dennis); and Gustavus (Jack Purvis) and earned his treasure. Further, he offers to help the locals against the Turks and builds a balloon to seek out his missing servants.

During his journey, he finds the girl Sally (Sarah Polley) hidden in the balloon and they travel to the moon, where they meet the deranged King of the Moon Roger (Robin Williams) with his detachable head, and his wife, the Queen of the Moon Ariadne (Valentina Cortese) that has a crush on the Baron. They are arrested by the jealous Roger and find Berthold in the cage, but Ariadne releases them. When they escape from the moon, they meet Adolphus working to Vulcan (Oliver Reed) inside a volcano. The Baron Munchausen seduces the gorgeous Vulcan's wife Venus (Uma Thurman) and the jealous god throws them in a whirlpool. They are swallowed by a monster and they meet Albrecht and Gustavus in a ship inside the monster. They escape and return to the town to help the people against the invaders. But they are very old and their abilities are gone.

"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" is one of the most delightful, non- sense and visually stunning fantasies of cinema history. "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" is also among my favorite books of my childhood and I first saw this film in the late 80's and then on VHS. I have just bought the imported DVD that surprisingly has Portuguese subtitles and today I have seen this film again.

Terry Gilliam directs with his peculiar surrealistic and ironic style and uses magnificent special effects for a 1988 film. It is amazing to realize that twenty-three years have passed since this film was released. The sweet Sarah Polley shows her talent with a great performance in one lead role. Uma Thurman is in the top of her eternal beauty. Robin Williams is an unknown actor and uncredited in the role of Roger, The King of the Moon. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "As Aventuras do Barão de Münchausen" ("The Adventures of Baron Munchausen")


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