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Simon Moore (screenplay)
Jonathan Swift (novel)
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Release Date:
4 February 1996 (USA) See more »
The adventure of a lifetime
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 »
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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 Burke ... 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:

Andrew Blackall ... Guard (uncredited)
Lavínia Moreira ... (1996) (uncredited)
Neil Rogers ... Basket Warden (uncredited)
Abdul Razac Seco ... (uncredited)

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 Z.M. Turner .... hair assistant (as Karen Turner)
Karen Z.M. Turner .... makeup assistant (as Karen Turner)
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
Mags Horspool .... art department assistant (as Margaret Horspool)
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
Mark Buck .... plasterer (uncredited)
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
Tim Webber .... visual effects supervisor
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
Steve Mercer .... editor trainee: Ft2 (as Stephen Mercer)
Richard Milward .... assembly editor
Gary Szabo .... telecine colorist
Bridgette Williams .... assistant editor (as Bridgette Corbett)
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 »
Mistress:You are more Hwynhm than Yahoo.See more »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant mini-series, 6 June 2005
Author: GusF from Ireland

Ted Danson was a great choice to play Gulliver. Even though his background was mostly comedy, he shows here that he can do drama just as well or perhaps even better (though there is a lot of humour in this). Hard to turn a blind eye to his American accent especially since his character is supposed to be English but that's just a minor thing.

All the villains are equally well cast: James Fox, Edward Fox, Peter O'Toole, Warwick Davis, John Standing, etc. Despite the fact that most of them are either tiny people or giants, they are 100% believable in everything they do and their motivations are very clear e.g. the Lilliputians' unremitting suspicion of Gulliver, Grildrig the (giant) dwarf's hatred of him for usurping his position as court jester, Dr. Bates' attempt to have Gulliver proved insane so he can marry Mary.

Mary Steenburgen is great as Mary Gulliver (another 17th Century English character with an American accent but never mind). She is a deeply tormented character because she has been waiting nine years for her husband to return home and when he finally does, he is talking about tiny people, giants, a flying island and talking horses! Mary, despite the strong fantasy element in the story, is a very believable character.

The special effects are breathtaking especially when you consider that it was filmed on a television scale at a time when CGI was in its infancy. It looks very realistic when we see a 6 foot tall man walking through a city filled with people who are 6 inches tall.

The cameos are great as well: Omar Sharif, Richard Wilson, Sir John Gielgud, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ned Beatty. All great actors who create a strong supporting cast that complement Danson's superb acting ability.

The Houynhnhms and the Yahoos are probably the most effective element of the story on the satire side of things: a society of talking horses who do not possess any of the vices that humans have while the Yahoos are primitive, disgusting humans who mate forcefully and appoint their leader depending on how disgusting he is. Gulliver and Mistress' study of them is also very well done and displays the differences and similarities between humans and Yahoos.

The best version of "Gulliver's Travels" by far and one of the best mini-series ever.

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