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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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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:

Las aventuras del barón Munchausen  »

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$46,630,000 (estimated)

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$8,083,123 (USA)
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When Sally is sticking the playbill on the equestrian statue, one of the notices already stuck there reads: 'Defence of the Republic: Cannibalism. The Public are reminded that the Eating of Human Flesh for whatsoever reason is against the lawand is punishable by death or a Fine of 50,000 Guineas. People's Committee. Order 398'. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes, a family is seen sheltering under the head of the horse near the remaining statue of the horse's body. When the camera take an overhead view of the scene, the horse's head is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

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Music & Lyrics by Michael Kamen & Eric Idle
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"We're out of virgins."
24 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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