Don Quixote (1992)
"Don Quijote de Orson Welles" (original title)

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The story of a Spanish gentlemen gone mad and his dim-witted squire sancho panza, who set forth on a journey to right wrongs and accomplish good deeds in the name of chivalry.



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Cast overview:
Francisco Reiguera ...
Don Quijote (archive footage)
Sancho Panza (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Pepe Mediavilla ...
Don Quixote (voice) (as José Mediavilla)
Juan Carlos Ordóñez ...
Sancho Panza (voice) (as Juan C. Ordóñez)
Constantino Romero ...
Narrator (voice)
Paola Mori ...
Woman on Motorscooter (archive footage)
Juan Serrano ...
(archive footage)
Beatrice Welles ...
(archive footage) (as Beatriz Welles)
Oja Kodar ...
(archive footage)


After reading too many novels about knights and heroic stories, Don Quijote and his servant Sancho Panza decide to wander the roads of Spain to protect the weak and to accomplish good deeds. But the real world is not as magical and fairy as Don Quijote imagines it to be. Following the plot of Cervantes classical book, Don Quijote fights with windmills thinking they are giants but unluckily, he manages to be defeated by them. Written by Cyril Aubaud (

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10 November 2005 (Portugal)  »

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Don Quixote  »

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ESP 807,150 (Spain)

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Unlike other unfinished Orson Welles films, Don Quixote's incomplete state was not because of lack of finances. Welles always considered his Don Quixote a "private exercise". Or as he put it, he worked on it like an author works on a novel; under no obligations, no time constraints, and could finish it whenever he feels like it. See more »

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Generations in the future will remember this day...
30 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With Jesus Franco providing additional dialog, we might expect some gore, and blood and nudity in this version of Don Quixote. No, he just provided needed dialog to complete this film that was 10 years work of Orson Welles, and not completed before he died.

As far as I know there is no English subtitled version of this film, so you either see it in Spanish and French, or suffer through the dubbed version, as this is. No matter, to see any work of Orson Welles is to see real art. Despite the dubbing and the fact that Welles himself was not able to finish this, it is still worth seeing.

Francisco Reiguera acted in well over 100 films before he died, and there is no doubt that he is Don Quixote. He is a joy to watch as a knight seeking his dream in a semi-modern Spain. When he comes upon a Holy Week celebration (not a Klan rally to the uninitiated), the action is nothing short of hilarious.

Akim Tamiroff, who plays Sancho Panzo has two Oscar nominations (The General Died at Dawn, For Whom the Bell Tolls) among his 150 films, and a Golden Globe for For Whom the Bell Tools. He is magnificent in this role.

Needless to say, for Welles addicts, this is a religious experience and should be viewed with the reverence it deserves.

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