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Gulliver's Travels (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Family | Fantasy  -  4 February 1996 (USA)
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A 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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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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This is the first screen version of Jonathan Swift's 1726 novel "Gulliver's Travels" to adapt all four of its parts. 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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Emperor of Lilliput: Well, you weren't exaggerating... he's a whopper!
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Referenced in Small Soldiers (1998) See more »

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Danson's best performance
10 December 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an exceptional adaptadation of the book. An all-star cast which gives merit and worthwhile to the tv-film and Danson in his best performance yet as a sailor who becomes lost at sea, only to return some years later a different man - a man who has learnt alot of humanity in his journey's and a man casted as insane.

Throughout the movie you don't know whether Danson's character is sane or not. The amazing effects and direction make it a marvel to watch. The all-star cast enjoy their roles to the hilt.

The sequences within the asylum are disturbing, as are Danson's twisted hatred on humans, and what they have become. And in some aspects the thought-provoking stories that Gulliver went through can still be adapted today.

For example the "we drink when we are not thirsty and eat when we are not hungry" is a typically haunting line. The social commentary which underlines the novel and indeed this film can still be used and adapted today.

This is a thought-provoking, well made TV-film that is very enjoyable, and I recommend you watch it.

My Rating: 8/10


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