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Simon Moore (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 February 1996 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Ted Danson ... Lemuel Gulliver

Mary Steenburgen ... Mary Gulliver

James Fox ... Dr. Bates

Ned Beatty ... Farmer Grultrud

Edward Fox ... General Limtoc

Robert Hardy ... Dr. Parnell

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Clustril

Phoebe Nicholls ... Empress of Lilliput

Karyn Parsons ... Lady-in-Waiting
Edward Petherbridge ... Dr. Pritchard

John Standing ... Admiral Bolgolam
John Wells ... Flimnap the Treasurer

Alfre Woodard ... Queen of Brobdingnag

Edward Woodward ... Drunlo

Peter O'Toole ... Emperor of Lilliput

Warwick Davis ... Grildrig

Kate Maberly ... Glumdalclitch

Tom Sturridge ... Tom Gulliver (as Thomas Sturridge)
Annette Badland ... Farmer Grultrud's Wife
Mac McDonald ... Farmer

George Harris ... Brobdingnag Scientist

Ricco Ross ... Brobdingnag Scientist
Gordon Sterne ... Brobdingnag Scientist
John Bardon ... Bedlam Admissions Warder

Geraldine Chaplin ... Empress Munodi

Graham Crowden ... Professor of Politics

John Gielgud ... Professor of Sunlight (as Sir John Gielgud)

Isabelle Huppert ... Mistress (voice)
Shashi Kapoor ... Rajah

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Immortal Gatekeeper

Omar Sharif ... The Sorcerer

Richard Wilson ... Professor of Language

Navin Chowdhry ... Prince Munodi
Stefan Kalipha ... Laputa Intellectual
Sandeep Sharma ... Laputa Intellectual
Badi Uzzaman ... Flapper
Simon Tyrrell ... Sorcerer's Servant
Mike Savage ... Fat Tradesman - Bedlam

Anne Lambton ... Visiting Lady - Bedlam
Cyril Shaps ... Mad Old Man - Bedlam
Ian Dunn ... Alexander the Great
Sylvester Morand ... Archimedes
Philip McGough ... Plato
Malcolm Stoddard ... Struldbrugg Horseman
Wolf Christian ... Struldbrugg Guard
Ailsa Berk ... Yahoo Consultant
Claire Adams ... Yahoo
Gary Barber ... Yahoo

Liam de Burca ... Yahoo (as Billy Burke)
Jud Charlton ... Yahoo (as Judd Charlton)

Jonny Coyne ... Yahoo (as Jonathan Coyne)
Matthew Cullum ... Yahoo
Roger Ennals ... Yahoo
Anna Godsiff ... Yahoo
Mark Hopkins ... Yahoo

Graham Kern ... Yahoo
Kosh ... Yahoo
David Larkin ... Yahoo
Steve Nankervis ... Yahoo (as Steve Nankeris)
Steven Russell ... Yahoo (as Stephen Russell)
Kieron Smith ... Yahoo
Phoebe Sotiriades ... Yahoo
Brendon Stapleton ... Yahoo
Antonio Susinni ... Yahoo
Alexis Thomas ... Yahoo
Dionne Waters ... Yahoo
Freya Westdal ... Yahoo

Steen Young ... Yahoo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abdul Razac Seco ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Sturridge 
Writing credits
Simon Moore (screenplay)

Jonathan Swift (novel)

Produced by
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer
Brian Henson .... executive producer
Duncan Kenworthy .... producer
Chris Thompson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Howard Atherton (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Coulson 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Roger Hall 
Art Direction by
Frederic Evard 
John Fenner (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Rosalind Shingleton 
Costume Design by
Shirley Russell 
Makeup Department
Sian Grigg .... assistant hair stylist
Sian Grigg .... assistant makeup artist
Ivana Primorac .... assistant hair stylist
Ivana Primorac .... assistant makeup artist
Aileen Seaton .... hair designer
Aileen Seaton .... makeup designer
Fátima Sousa .... hair stylist
Karen Turner .... hair assistant
Karen Turner .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Patricia Vieira .... production manager: Portugal
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Hanley .... third assistant director
Guy Heeley .... second assistant director
Stuart Renfrew .... co-second assistant director
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ron Burkett .... supervising painter
Bob Eames .... stand-by carpenter (as Robert Eames)
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Gary Freeman .... junior draughtsperson
James Gemmill .... scenic artist
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Ian Green .... supervising carpenter
Bernie Hearn .... stand-by props
Kevin Herbert .... dressing props
Andrew Holder .... sculptor
Margaret Horspool .... art department assistant
Charles Ixer .... property storeman
Jonathan Lee .... assistant art director
Tom Lowen .... stand-by rigger (as Tommy Lowen)
David Lusby .... production buyer
John Palmer .... dressing props
Peter Risi .... dressing props
Colin Smith .... supervising stagehand
Bob Stagg .... stand-by stagehand
Tony Teiger .... dressing props
Alan Tomkins .... art director: UK
Charles Torbett .... property master
Jason Torbett .... stand-by props
Kevin Welch .... supervising rigger
Paul Wiltshire .... stand-by painter
Ginger McCarthy .... construction rigger (uncredited)
Paulo Routier .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... dialogue editor
John Lewis Aschenbrenner .... sound assistant (as John Lewis)
John Downer .... sound editor
Russell Edwards .... sound assistant
Michael Feinberg .... dialogue editor (as Mike Feinberg)
Paul Hamblin .... sound re-recording mixer
Simon Kaye .... production sound mixer
Sarah Morton .... sound editor
Clive Pendry .... sound re-recording mixer
Tommy Staples .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Adam Aldridge .... special effects technician
John Clarke .... special effects technician
Ian Corbould .... special effects technician
Paul Corbould .... special effects supervisor
Jeremy Hunt .... visual artist: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Andy Roberts .... animatronic designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Neal Scanlan .... project supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Visual Effects by
William Bartlett .... effects editor: FrameStore
Matthew Cope .... visual effects coordinator
Scott Griffin .... effects assistant: FrameStore
Tim Osborne .... effects editor: FrameStore
Fiona Walkinshaw .... producer: FrameStore
Timothy Webber .... visual effects supervisor (as Tim Webber)
Jerry Andrews .... motion control assistant (uncredited)
Lloyd Bettell-Higgins .... motion control second assistant (uncredited)
Roma O'Connor .... effects production coordinator (uncredited)
Richard Stammers .... digital compositor (uncredited)
George Theophanous .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Trevor Brooker .... director of photography: second unit
Steve Burgess .... focus puller: second unit
John Clark .... electrician (as Johnny Clark)
Nick Coward .... video coordinator
Harry Eckford .... grip: second unit
Alfie Emmins .... best boy
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator
Ray Hall .... grip
Cedric James .... focus puller
Paul Kemp .... electrician
Mike Lloyd .... focus puller: second unit
Simon Lucas .... electrician
Barry Miller .... gaffer
Stephen Morley .... still photographer
Neil Munro .... electrician (as Neil Monroe)
Robert Palmer .... clapper loader
Stuart Reid .... electrician (as Stewart Reid)
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Terry Townsend .... electrician
Oliver Upton .... still photographer
Jason Wingrove .... camera trainee: Ft2
Jon Wood .... clapper loader: second unit
Paul Woods .... electrician
Casting Department
Sophie Lane Fox .... casting assistant
Lynn Kressel .... casting: US
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Hughes .... wardrobe master
Rosemary Lis .... wardrobe assistant (as Rosemary Worth)
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe supervisor
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Bridgette Corbett .... assistant editor
Steve Mercer .... editor trainee: Ft2 (as Stephen Mercer)
Richard Milward .... assembly editor
Gary Szabo .... telecine colorist
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... conductor
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Steve Donato .... composer: additional music
Steve Donato .... trailer composer
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Julian Kershaw .... additional orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music recordist
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator
Kirsty Whalley .... music mixer
Other crew
Keith Addis .... creative consultant
Chris Allies .... title designer
Tim Bricknell .... production runner
Lesley Broderick .... location accountant
Paul Cadiou .... production accountant
Dale Clarke .... armorer (as Dale Clark)
Wendy Dade .... assistant: producer
Rita Dean .... accounts assistant
Steve Dent .... horse master
Keith Hatcher .... location manager: Portugal
John Ketteringham .... utility stand-in
Maggie Lewty .... script supervisor
James Linton .... stand-in: Mr. Danson
Andrew Litvin .... contact: London
Simon Marsden .... assistant location manager: Portugal
Cassius Matthias .... assistant: director
Angus More Gordon .... location manager
Tori Parry .... production coordinator
Janet Riddoch .... assistant location manager
Patric Scott .... unit publicist
Mary Stark .... floor runner
June Whitaker .... stand-in: Ms. Steenburgen (as June Whittaker)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for thematic elements
186 min (2 parts)
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Ontario) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | UK:PG | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Tom Sturridge (Tom Gulliver) is the son of director Charles Sturridge and Phoebe Nicholls (The Empress of Lilliput).See more »
Continuity: When Dr. Bates is tearing pages from Gulliver's journal and throwing them on the fire the pages change position between shots.See more »
Gen. Limtoc:Yesterday we gave him enough to feed a regiment for a week. Now he says he's hungry again!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Gulliver's Travels (1977)See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The best adaptation to date, 6 July 2009
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Despite its many faults, Hallmark's 1995 version of Gulliver's Travels is still the finest adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satirical classic - largely because it not only includes ALL of Gulliver's many travels but also includes the satire that's often overlooked. Unfortunately the twin problems of the book's highly episodic structure and a television budget (even a fairly lavish one) remain. The book is a somewhat rambling collection of traveller's tales moving simply from one surreal landscape to another, but Simon Moore's adaptation tries to impose some order on the chaos by providing a parallel plot that sees Gulliver returned to England clearly deeply traumatised and trying to prove his way out of the insane asylum where the rival for his wife's affections has had him committed. The England scenes at once mirror and comment on the travels, elements of which occasionally spill over into the real world. The trouble is that for the first hour or so it acts more as a distraction, constantly pulling you away from the story just as it starts to get interesting. The Lilliput scenes suffer worse here, with the feeling that the home scenes are too often designed to save them from filming the more expensive setpieces - this has to be the only version where we don't see Gulliver pulling the Blefescu fleet behind him.

Yet once Gulliver makes his escape, the tone becomes more consistent as he finds his situation reversed and himself the pet of the giants of the Utopians of Brobdingnag, a guest of the wise men of the floating island of Laputa who are so engrossed in science that they have no common sense left, the guest/prisoner of a historian who leans history directly from the source, offered immortality with all it's terrible consequences before finally finding a world he wants to belong if only he can convince the sublime talking horses the Houynhnhms that he's not an uncivilized Yahoo, each new destination convincing him of what an absurd and petty species humanity is. For the most part it's a darker set of Travels than expected, with only Gulliver's curiosity and commonsense and disappointment keeping it from plunging into irretrievable bleakness - and even this is offset by the scenes in the asylum where it becomes more obvious that even if he is telling the truth it may well have driven him genuinely insane. It's in these latter scenes that Ted Danson's Gulliver really shines, never more so than in an extraordinary speech where he turns his trial into a disappointed judgment on the whole human race.

Being made for television, the Yahoos are rather less literally scatological here than on the page, but for the most part this is a more adult treatment than you might expect with no real dumbing down. The star cast is certainly impressive, and for the most part well-used (if somewhat briefly in a few cases) - Mary Steenburgen, James Fox, Peter O'Toole, Edward Woodward, Omar Sharif, Shashi Kapoor, Edward Fox, Ned Beatty, Alfre Woodard, Kristin Scott Thomas and Isabelle Huppert among them. It's hard to imagine the upcoming Jack Black version even coming close to being a fraction as impressive as this.

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