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Director:
Writers:
Charles McKeown (screenplay) &
Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 March 1989 (USA) See more »
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Remarkable. Unbelievable. Impossible. And true. See more »
Plot:
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Give me flights of imagination over drama anyday! See more (135 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Neville ... Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen

Eric Idle ... Desmond / Berthold

Sarah Polley ... Sally Salt

Oliver Reed ... Vulcan
Charles McKeown ... Rupert / Adolphus
Winston Dennis ... Bill / Albrecht

Jack Purvis ... Jeremy / Gustavus

Valentina Cortese ... Queen Ariadne / Violet

Jonathan Pryce ... The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson

Bill Paterson ... Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey ... Sultan

Uma Thurman ... Venus / Rose

Alison Steadman ... Daisy
Ray Cooper ... Functionary
Don Henderson ... Commander

Robin Williams ... King of the Moon (as Ray D. Tutto)

Sting ... Heroic Officer
Andrew MacLachlan ... Colonel (as Andrew Maclachlan)
José Lifante ... Dr. Death (as Jose Lifante)
Mohamed Badrsalem ... Executioner

Kiran Shah ... Executioner's Assistant
Franco Adducci ... Treasurer
Ettore Martini ... First General
Antonio Pistillo ... Second General
Michael Polley ... Gunner
Tony Smart ... Gunner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Laura D'Arista ... Theater-goer (uncredited)

Terry Gilliam ... Irritating Singer Inside Fish (uncredited)
Balbino Lacosta ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry Gilliam 
 
Writing credits
Charles McKeown (screenplay) &
Terry Gilliam (screenplay)

Gottfried August Bürger  novel (uncredited)
Rudolph Erich Raspe  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Ray Cooper .... co-producer
Jake Eberts .... executive producer
Stratton Leopold .... supervising producer
Thomas Schühly .... producer
David Tomblin .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Hollywood 
 
Casting by
Francesco Cinieri 
Irene Lamb 
Margery Simkin 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Art Direction by
Maria-Teresa Barbasso  (as Teresa Barbasso)
Giorgio Giovannini 
Nazzareno Piana 
Massimo Razzi (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Francesca Lo Schiavo 
 
Costume Design by
Gabriella Pescucci 
 
Makeup Department
Iole Cecchini .... hairdresser supervisor: Italy
Elisabetta De Leonardis .... hairdresser
Cristina De Rossi .... makeup artist (as Christina De Rossi)
Enrico Iacoponi .... makeup artist
Carla Indoni .... hairdresser
Antonio Maltempo .... makeup artist
Giancarlo Marin .... hairdresser
Manuel Martín .... makeup artist: second unit, Spain (as Manuel Martin Gonzalez)
Pam Meager .... hair stylist
Pam Meager .... makeup artist
Fernando Pérez Sobrino .... chief makeup artist: second unit, Spain (as Fernando Perez)
José Luis Pérez .... makeup artist: second unit, Spain (as Jose Perez)
Alicia Regueiro .... hair stylist: second unit, Spain
Fabrizio Sforza .... makeup artist
Gino Tamagnini .... makeup artist
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist
Maggie Weston .... hair designer
Maggie Weston .... makeup designer
Franco Giannini .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Pino Butti .... production manager: Italy (as Pino Buti)
Robert Gordon Edwards .... executive in charge of production: Cinema Production Consultants
Vittorio Fornasiero .... unit manager: Italy
Fernando Marquerie .... unit manager: Spain
Francisco Molero .... production manager: Spain
Mario Pisani .... production supervisor
Giorgio Russo .... production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Javier Balaguer .... second assistant director: second unit, Spain
Javier Chinchilla .... first assistant director: second unit, Spain (as Javier Chincilla)
Lee Cleary .... first assistant director
John Cozzo .... first assistant director
José Luis Escolar .... assistant director: Spain (as Jose Luis Escolar)
Luca Lachin .... assistant director: Italy
Michele Soavi .... second unit director
Catherine Ventura .... assistant director: second unit, Italy
Manuel Zarzo .... third assistant director: second unit, Spain (as Manolo Zarzo)
Héctor Carré .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Manuel L. Cañizares .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sante Barelli .... supervising painter
Domenico Caponecchi .... construction
Osvaldo Caruso .... construction
Bruno Colanzi .... construction
Sergio Conti .... construction
Ken Court .... art director: model unit
Filomeno Crisara .... sculptor supervisor
Roberto Diamanti .... construction
Gianni Fiumi .... property master (as Gianni Fiume)
Gianni Gianese .... sculptor
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager: model unit
Giampaolo Majorama .... construction (as Gianpaolo Maiorana)
Atos Mastrogirolamo .... assistant set decorator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager: Spain (as Ramon Moya)
Giovanni Passanisi .... assistant set decorator
Mario Pezzotti .... construction
Salvatore Placenti .... sculptor
Pietro Santarelli .... construction
Luigi Sergianni .... construction manager: Italy
Bruno Tempera .... property buyer
Angelo Tiberti .... construction
Charles Torbett .... property master
Bob Walker .... decor artist: model unit (as Robert Walker)
Peter Williams .... construction supervisor: model unit
Mauro Borrelli .... illustrator (uncredited)
Angus Cameron .... small process trainee (uncredited)
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer (uncredited)
Gianni Fivino .... property manager (uncredited)
Tadeo Villalba hijo .... production buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... dubbing mixer
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... chief dubbing mixer
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Frank Jahn .... production sound mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Raymond Meyer .... boom operator
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Peter Pennell .... supervising sound editor
Bob Risk .... sound editor
Günther Ruckdeschel .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Norman Baillie .... special effects technician: England
Fausto Baldinelli .... special effects technician: Italy
Luigi Battestelli .... special effects technician: Italy
Michele Borea .... special effects technician: Italy
Beniamino Carozza .... special effects technician: Italy
Marcello Coccia .... special effects technician: Italy
Richard Conway .... special effects
Chris Corbould .... special effects technician: England (as Christopher Cobould)
Jamie Courtier .... special effects technician: England
Allan Croucher .... special effects plasterer: animatronics
Peter Davey .... special effects technician: England
Marino Erca .... special effects technician: Italy
Martin Gant .... special effects technician: England
Manolo Gómez .... special effects technician: second unit, Spain (as Manolo Gomez)
Steve Hamilton .... special effects technician: England
Bob Hollow .... special effects technician: England
Billy Howe .... special effects wireman
Gianni Indovino .... special effects technician: Italy
Brian Lince .... special effects technician: England
Giancarlo Mancini .... special effects technician: Italy
Brian Mann .... special effects editor
Kevin Mathews .... special effects wireman
David McCall .... special effects technician: England (as Dave McCall)
Massimo Nespoli .... special effects technician: Italy
Duilio Olmi .... special effects technician: Italy
Antonio Parra .... special effects supervisor: Spain
Adriano Pischiutta .... special effects supervisor: Italy
Claudio Savassi .... special effects technician: Italy
Simon Weisse .... special effects technician: Italy
Bob Wiesinger .... special effects wireman
Tim Willis .... special effects technician: England
Dave Chagouri .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Chris Allies .... title graphics: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Dennis Bartlett .... matte photography consultant
John Blakeley .... sculptor: model unit (as John Blakely)
Janice Body .... rotoscope artist: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Martin Body .... optical effects coordinator: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Dennis Bosher .... draughtsman: model unit
Les Broughton .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Peter Butler .... camera grip: model unit
Valerie Charlton .... special effects modeller
Brian Cole .... model maker: model unit
Vernon Connolly .... electrician: model unit
Gilly Noyes Court .... set decorator: model unit (as Gillian Noyes-Court)
Ken Court .... art director: model unit
Jamie Courtier .... animatronics model designer: model unit
Bob Cuff .... matte painter: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Joy Cuff .... matte painter: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Steve Cutmore .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Nick Dunlop .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Doug Ferris .... matte painter: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Michael Ferriter .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd. (as Mike Ferriter)
Doug Forrest .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Simon Fulford .... camera assistant: model unit
Martin Gant .... models supervisor: model unit
John Grant .... matte camera: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Kenneth Gray .... motion control: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Frank Guiney .... special effects engineer: model unit
Mark Harris .... assistant art director: model unit
John Hollywood .... unit driver: model unit
Keith Horsley .... art department assistant: model unit
Kent Houston .... optical effects supervisor: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Andrew Jeffery .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd. (as Andy Jeffery)
Rashid Khares .... rotoscope artist: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Stuart King .... electrician: model unit
Peter Lamb .... best boy: model unit
Michael Lamont .... art director: model unit
Neil Lamont .... draughtsman: model unit
Simon Lamont .... art department runner: model unit
Jim Machin .... model maker: model unit
Graham Martyr .... clapper loader: model unit
Tim Ollive .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Stephen Onions .... animatronics model designer: model unit
Christine Overs .... special effects modeller
Roger Pratt .... director of photography: model unit
Ted Read .... gaffer: model unit
Stanley W. Sayer .... matte photography consultant
Keith Short .... sculptor: model unit
Leigh Took .... matte painter: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Peter Tyler .... motion control: Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Leslie Wheeler .... special effects engineer: model unit
Ian Whittaker .... animatronics model designer: model unit
Peter Williams .... construction supervisor: model unit
Kim Aldis .... digital artist (uncredited)
Andrew Coates .... assistant optical camera (uncredited)
Sheila Dunn .... digital artist (uncredited)
Barnaby Edwards .... colour balancing assistant (uncredited)
Ben Hayden .... digital artist (uncredited)
Alec Knox .... digital artist (uncredited)
Penny Leyton .... CG artist (uncredited)
Giles Parker .... CG technical director (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ricardo Cruz .... stuntman (as Riccardo Cruz Moral)
José Garcia .... stunts: second unit, Spain (as Jose Garcia)
Eduardo García .... stunts: second unit, Spain (as Eduardo Garcia)
Paquito Gomez .... stunts: second unit, Spain
Luis M. Gutiérrez Santos .... stunts: second unit, Spain (as Luis Gutierrez)
Billy Horrigan .... stuntman
Salvador Martos Manson .... stunts: second unit, Spain (as Salvador Marios)
Les Maryon .... stuntman (as Leslie Maryon)
Riccardo Mioni .... stunt coordinator: Italy
Dinny Powell .... stuntman
Angelo Ragusa .... stuntman
Jesús Riarán .... stuntman (as Jesus Riaran Torres)
Kiran Shah .... stuntman
Tony Smart .... stunt coordinator
Camilo Vila Novoa .... stunts: second unit, Spain
Solier Fagundez .... stunts (uncredited)
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer (as Franco Bellomo)
Giuseppe Bertucci .... electrician
Massimo Bertucci .... electrician
Elio Bosi .... chief grip: second unit
Mario Bramucci .... electrician
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Daniele Cimini .... second assistant camera
Aldo Colanzi .... key grip
Giuseppe Fabrizi .... electrician
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... director of photography: second unit (as Gianni Fiore Coltellacci)
Claudio Frollano .... electrician
Gianni Gentili .... electrician
Ian Kelly .... video operator
Umberto Lucignano .... camera assistant: second unit
Ignazio Maccarone .... electrician
Gianmaria Majorana .... first assistant camera
Luciano Marrocchi .... electrician (as Luciano Marocchi)
Roberto Marsigli .... camera assistant: second unit
Giorgio Pasqualini .... electrician
Giovanni Piperno .... second assistant camera
Giovanni Piperno .... video operator: second unit
Francesco Quattrone .... electrician
Renato Sardini .... supervising gaffer
Spartaco Sardini .... gaffer: second unit
Sergio Strizzi .... still photographer
Francesco Belfiore .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stefano Falivene .... focus puller (uncredited)
Paolo Tiberti .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gianni Doddi .... wardrobe master: second unit, Spain
Martín Díaz .... wardrobe supervisor: second unit, Spain (as Martin Diaz)
Celeste Franzi .... wardrobe assistant
Alfonsa Lettieri .... assistant to costume designer
Carlo Poggioli .... assistant to costume designer
Irene Santarelli .... wardrobe mistress
Gregorio Simili .... wardrobe master
Alberto Spiazzi .... assistant to costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Natalie Baker .... assistant editor
Bill Barringer .... assistant editor
Chris Blunden .... associate editor
Stefna Borges .... assistant editor (as Stefna Smal)
Steve Maguire .... assistant editor
Mick Monks .... assistant editor
Christine Newell .... assistant editor
Ben Palmer .... assistant editor
Martyn Robinson .... assistant editor
Emanuela Lucidi .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alan Arnold .... additional orchestrations
Christopher Brooks .... music editor (as Chris Brooks)
Ray Cooper .... music producer
John Fiddy .... additional orchestrations
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Symphonie-Orchester Graunke .... orchestra: music played by (as The Symphony Orchestra Graunke)
Michael Kamen .... conductor
Michael Kamen .... music producer
Michael Kamen .... orchestrations
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer (as Stephen Maclaughlin)
Stephen McLaughlin .... music recordist (as Stephen Maclaughlin)
Pro Musika Seria .... choir: music played with (as The Chamber Choir 'Pro Musika Seria' - Munich)
Ed Shearmur .... additional orchestrations
Paul Talkington .... orchestra manager
Eric Tomlinson .... orchestral engineer
Fiachra Trench .... additional orchestrations
Rick Wentworth .... additional orchestrations
 
Transportation Department
Paco Ardura .... transportation manager: Spain (as Francisco Ardura)
Remo Ubertini .... transportation manager: Italy
 
Other crew
David Alan Barclay .... puppeteer (as David Barclay)
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor: second unit
Doriana Bonara .... production secretary: second unit, Spain (as Doriana Bonora)
Ludy Camacho .... assistant accountant (as Luidi Camacho)
Nikki Clapp .... script supervisor
Grady Clarkson .... unit publicist
Claudio Corbucci .... production assistant: Italy
Lisa Dasteel .... production secretary
Alberto De Stefani .... assistant accountant
Santiago DeBenito .... accountant: Spain (as Santiago De Benito)
Margarita Doyle .... production assistant: Terry Gilliam, U.K.
Daniella Edelburg .... assistant to producer (as Daniela Edelburg)
Geoff Felix .... puppeteer (as Jeff Felix)
Maria Fiorito .... assistant accountant
Manolo García .... production assistant: Spain (as Manolo Garcia)
Raffaela Giordani .... assistant choreographer
Pauline Granby .... assistant accountant
Jan Green .... dialogue coach
Joyce Herlihy .... production executive
Gonzalo Jiménez .... production assistant: Spain (as Gonzalo Jimenez)
Nancy Rubin Levin .... production coordinator
Yolanda Marqueríe .... production secretary: Spain (as Yolanda Marquerie)
Massimiliano Mazzini .... production runner: Italy
Paolo Merosi .... production assistant: second unit, Italy
Janice Munro .... assistant: Stratton Leopold
Salvatore Mureddu .... production assistant: Terry Gilliam, Italy (as Salvatore Murredu)
Leandro Muslera .... assistant accountant
Pepe Panero .... location manager: second unit, Spain
Giuseppe Pennese .... choreographer (as Pino Penesse)
Susana Prieto .... production coordinator
Eugene Rizzo .... unit publicist
Giorgio Rossi .... choreographer
Gail Samuelson .... production coordinator
Klaus Schühly .... unit publicist
Enzo Sisti .... accountant: Italy
Tony Smart .... horsemaster
Riccardo Spada .... production assistant: Italy
Arthur Tarry .... production controller
Tino Torrescusa .... production runner: Spain
Nyla Van Ingen .... assistant: Terry Gilliam
Carla Zacchia .... assistant accountant
Andrea Costantini .... production secretary (uncredited)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing (uncredited)
Daniela Merlo .... pre-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Steve Abbott .... acknowledgment: for Prominent Features
Don French .... with special thanks to
Amy Gilliam .... dedicatee: this film is for (as Amy)
Harry Gilliam .... dedicatee: this film is for... and now (as Harry)
Holly Gilliam .... dedicatee: this film is for (as Holly)
Anne James .... acknowledgment: for Prominent Features
Ralph Kamp .... acknowledgment: for Prominent Features
Liz Lehmans .... acknowledgment: for Prominent Features
Ian Miles .... acknowledgment: for Prominent Features
David Tomblin .... acknowledgment: "Man of the Match"
Pat West .... acknowledgment: for Prominent Features
Maggie Weston .... dedicatee: this film is for (as Maggie)
 
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Runtime:
126 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:10 (original rating) | Iceland:LH (video rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #29417) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Forms an informal trilogy with director Terry Gilliam's previous films, Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985). The three movies represent the three stages of Man (youth, middle age, and elderly) and the impact of imagination on each. Jack Purvis also appears in all three films.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: While on the boat flying to the moon, the Baron's phrase "bodily activities" is dubbed.See more »
Quotes:
Sally:Where's the fun in that?
Vulcan:Oh, we cater for all types here. You'd be surprised.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Torturer's ApprenticeSee more »

FAQ

What kind of dog is the Baron's dog?
Is this film a part of a trilogy by Terry Gilliam?
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48 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Give me flights of imagination over drama anyday!, 19 October 2004
Author: kitchen-1 from Cork City, Ireland

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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