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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Lemuel and Mary Gulliver are played by real-life married couple Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. This film was the first starring project for either following their 1995 marriage. 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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Mary Gulliver: He's purged himself.
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Version of Gulliver's Travels (1996) See more »

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Better than the Book
18 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this when I was a teen in my last year of Junior High. I was riveted to it! I loved the special effects, the fantastic places and the trial-aspect and flashback method of telling the story.

Several years later I read the book and while it was interesting and I could definitely see what Swift was trying to say, I think that while it's not as perfect as the book for social commentary, as a story the movie is better. It makes more sense to have it be one long adventure than having Gulliver return after each voyage and making a profit by selling the tiny Lilliput sheep or whatever.

It's much more arresting when everyone thinks he's crazy and the sheep DO make a cameo anyway. As a side note, when I saw Laputa I was stunned. It looks very much like the Kingdom of Zeal from the Chrono Trigger video game (1995) that also made me like this mini-series even more.

I saw it again about 4 years ago, and realized that I still enjoyed it just as much. Really high quality stuff and began an excellent run of Sweeps mini-series for NBC who followed it up with the solid Merlin and interesting Alice in Wonderland.


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