An Englishman returns after a long time abroad and tells his strange stories about the lands he visited which are allegories about the real world.
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »
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 Lemuel Gulliver (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Mary Gulliver (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Dr. Bates (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Dr. Parnell (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Dr. Pritchard (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Tom Gulliver (2 episodes, 1996)
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All star adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satirical tale about a normal man who, after returning home following eight years of absence, relates fantastical tales about how he was thought to be giant in the Land of Lilliput, but was only six inches high in the Land of Brobdingnag. He also tells of his visit to the floating island of Laputa populated by scientists who are so obsessed with reason that they act with no common sense. Finally, he tells of his journey to the land where his disturbing likeness to the bestial Yahoos and his inferiority to the intelligent horses there makes him question the very worth of his humanity. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Rated PG for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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4 February 1996 (USA)  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)
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Peter O'Toole (The Emperor of Lilliput), Phoebe Nicholls (The Empress of Lilliput) and Tom Sturridge (Tom Gulliver) would all later appear in FairyTale: A True Story (1997), which was likewise directed by Charles Sturridge. See more »

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When Dr. Bates is tearing pages from Gulliver's journal and throwing them on the fire the pages change position between shots. See more »

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Lemuel Gulliver: The bestial Yahoos fight for no reason all. While we on the order hand fight for very good reasons, such as, well, our enemies are weaker than us or we desire all their land.
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References Bedlam (1946) See more »

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A quality film - must see, must have.
28 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film is wonderful example of the quality dramas that Channel 4 and the BBC have produced over the years. Ted Danson delivers a powerful performance of a man tormented by memories noone will accept, and a society that believes he is insane. It is a remarkable performance by a man most known for his role in Cheers, a TV comedy sitcom. The supporting cast are all very well chosen, not least Mary Steenbergen, Danson's wife, who acts the part of Gulliver's wife in the film. But above all it is the seamless and very delicate shifts between our world and Gulliver's world that make this film. The difference in perspective between giants and midgets, all acted by real actors is beautifully captured. A rare treat of cinematography and direction.


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