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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As Viagens de Gulliver  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)
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Although he played John Standing and Edward Fox's father, Peter O'Toole was only two years older than Standing and less than five years older than Fox in real life. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lemuel Gulliver: But unless thousands are starving, how can there be structure to society?
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Referenced in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) See more »

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A superb film (biting social commentary and adventure)
13 February 2005 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

Excellent story-telling and cinematography. Poignant, biting social commentary.

Superb effects. Well-filmed and acted.

However, the parallel action between the present and the travel adventures (though very well done) at times drags on a little too much (about 3 hrs), and over-interrupts the flow of the story.

I first read the book as a child, and enjoyed the parts about the giants and the tiny people -- but the book lost me when it got to the floating island and the land of the "yahoos"! Well, although the adventure plot may sound like a children's story, it's in fact a very adult story, full of symbolism about the moral decay in England at the time of Jonathan Swift, the author of the novel that the film is based upon.


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