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Director:
Writers:
Simon Moore (screenplay)
Jonathan Swift (novel)
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
4 February 1996 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The adventure of a lifetime
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant mini-series See more (28 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 28 of 73)

Ned Beatty ... Farmer Grultrud (2 episodes, 1996)

Edward Fox ... General Limtoc (2 episodes, 1996)

Robert Hardy ... Dr. Parnell (2 episodes, 1996)

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Clustril (2 episodes, 1996)

Phoebe Nicholls ... Empress of Lilliput (2 episodes, 1996)

Karyn Parsons ... Lady-in-Waiting (2 episodes, 1996)
Edward Petherbridge ... Dr. Pritchard (2 episodes, 1996)

John Standing ... Admiral Bolgolam (2 episodes, 1996)
John Wells ... Flimnap the Treasurer (2 episodes, 1996)

Alfre Woodard ... Queen of Brobdingnag (2 episodes, 1996)

Edward Woodward ... Drunlo (2 episodes, 1996)

Peter O'Toole ... Emperor of Lilliput (2 episodes, 1996)

Warwick Davis ... Grildrig (2 episodes, 1996)

Kate Maberly ... Glumdalclitch (2 episodes, 1996)

Tom Sturridge ... Tom Gulliver (2 episodes, 1996)

Annette Badland ... Farmer Grultrud's Wife (2 episodes, 1996)

Geraldine Chaplin ... Empress Munodi (2 episodes, 1996)

Graham Crowden ... Professor of Politics (2 episodes, 1996)

John Gielgud ... Professor of Sunlight (2 episodes, 1996)

Isabelle Huppert ... Mistress (2 episodes, 1996)

Shashi Kapoor ... Rajah (2 episodes, 1996)

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Immortal Gatekeeper (2 episodes, 1996)

Omar Sharif ... The Sorcerer (2 episodes, 1996)

Richard Wilson ... Professor of Language (2 episodes, 1996)

Navin Chowdhry ... Prince Munodi (2 episodes, 1996)

Ted Danson ... Lemuel Gulliver (2 episodes, 1996)

James Fox ... Dr. Bates (2 episodes, 1996)

Mary Steenburgen ... Mary Gulliver (2 episodes, 1996)
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Series Directed by
Charles Sturridge (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Writing credits
Simon Moore (2 episodes, 1996)
Jonathan Swift (2 episodes, 1996)

Series Produced by
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1996)
Brian Henson .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1996)
Duncan Kenworthy .... producer (2 episodes, 1996)
Chris Thompson .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Original Music by
Trevor Jones (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Cinematography by
Howard Atherton (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Film Editing by
Peter Coulson (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Casting by
Celestia Fox (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Production Design by
Roger Hall (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Direction by
Frederic Evard (2 episodes, 1996)
John Fenner (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Rosalind Shingleton (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Costume Design by
Shirley Russell (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sian Grigg .... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist (2 episodes, 1996)
Ivana Primorac .... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist (2 episodes, 1996)
Aileen Seaton .... hair designer / makeup designer (2 episodes, 1996)
Fátima Sousa .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1996)
Karen Z.M. Turner .... hair assistant / makeup assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Production Management
Patricia Vieira .... production manager: Portugal (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Hanley .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 1996)
Guy Heeley .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1996)
Stuart Renfrew .... co-second assistant director (2 episodes, 1996)
Rupert Ryle-Hodges .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Art Department
Ron Burkett .... supervising painter (2 episodes, 1996)
Bob Eames .... stand-by carpenter (2 episodes, 1996)
Andy Evans .... construction manager (2 episodes, 1996)
Gary Freeman .... junior draughtsperson (2 episodes, 1996)
James Gemmill .... scenic artist (2 episodes, 1996)
John Greaves .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1996)
Ian Green .... supervising carpenter (2 episodes, 1996)
Bernie Hearn .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1996)
Kevin Herbert .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1996)
Andrew Holder .... sculptor (2 episodes, 1996)
Mags Horspool .... art department assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
Charles Ixer .... property storeman (2 episodes, 1996)
Jonathan Lee .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1996)
Tom Lowen .... stand-by rigger (2 episodes, 1996)
David Lusby .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1996)
Ginger McCarthy .... construction rigger (2 episodes, 1996)
John Palmer .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1996)
Peter Risi .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1996)
Colin Smith .... supervising stagehand (2 episodes, 1996)
Bob Stagg .... stand-by stagehand (2 episodes, 1996)
Tony Teiger .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1996)
Alan Tomkins .... art director: UK (2 episodes, 1996)
Charles Torbett .... property master (2 episodes, 1996)
Jason Torbett .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1996)
Kevin Welch .... supervising rigger (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Wiltshire .... stand-by painter (2 episodes, 1996)

Mark Buck .... plasterer (unknown episodes)
Paulo Routier .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Philip Alton .... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 1996)
John Lewis Aschenbrenner .... sound assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
John Downer .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1996)
Russell Edwards .... sound assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
Michael Feinberg .... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Hamblin .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1996)
Simon Kaye .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1996)
Sarah Morton .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1996)
Clive Pendry .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1996)
Tommy Staples .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Special Effects by
Adam Aldridge .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 1996)
John Clarke .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 1996)
Ian Corbould .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Corbould .... special effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1996)
Jeremy Hunt .... visual artist: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1996)
Andy Roberts .... animatronic designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1996)
Neal Scanlan .... project supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Visual Effects by
William Bartlett .... effects editor: FrameStore (2 episodes, 1996)
Matthew Cope .... visual effects coordinator (2 episodes, 1996)
Scott Griffin .... effects assistant: FrameStore (2 episodes, 1996)
Tim Osborne .... effects editor: FrameStore (2 episodes, 1996)
Fiona Walkinshaw .... producer: FrameStore (2 episodes, 1996)
Tim Webber .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1996)

Jerry Andrews .... motion control assistant (unknown episodes)
Lloyd Bettell-Higgins .... motion control second assistant (unknown episodes)
Roma O'Connor .... effects production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Richard Stammers .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
George Theophanous .... motion control operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1996)
Trevor Brooker .... director of photography: second unit (2 episodes, 1996)
Steve Burgess .... focus puller: second unit (2 episodes, 1996)
John Clark .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
Nick Coward .... video coordinator (2 episodes, 1996)
Harry Eckford .... grip: second unit (2 episodes, 1996)
Alfie Emmins .... best boy (2 episodes, 1996)
Jeremy Gee .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1996)
Ray Hall .... grip (2 episodes, 1996)
Cedric James .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Kemp .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
Mike Lloyd .... focus puller: second unit (2 episodes, 1996)
Simon Lucas .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
Barry Miller .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1996)
Stephen Morley .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1996)
Neil Munro .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
Robert Palmer .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1996)
Stuart Reid .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator (2 episodes, 1996)
Terry Townsend .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
Oliver Upton .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1996)
Jason Wingrove .... camera trainee: Ft2 (2 episodes, 1996)
Jon Wood .... clapper loader: second unit (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Woods .... electrician (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Casting Department
Sophie Lane Fox .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
Lynn Kressel .... casting: US (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Hughes .... wardrobe master (2 episodes, 1996)
Rosemary Lis .... wardrobe assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe supervisor (2 episodes, 1996)
Pat Williamson .... wardrobe mistress (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Editorial Department
Steve Mercer .... editor trainee: Ft2 (2 episodes, 1996)
Richard Milward .... assembly editor (2 episodes, 1996)
Gary Szabo .... telecine colorist (2 episodes, 1996)
Bridgette Williams .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Location Management
Keith Hatcher .... location manager: Portugal (2 episodes, 1996)
Simon Marsden .... assistant location manager: Portugal (2 episodes, 1996)
Angus More Gordon .... location manager (2 episodes, 1996)
Janet Riddoch .... assistant location manager (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... conductor / orchestrator (2 episodes, 1996)
Steve Donato .... composer: additional music / trailer composer (2 episodes, 1996)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (2 episodes, 1996)
Julian Kershaw .... additional orchestrator (2 episodes, 1996)
Simon Rhodes .... music recordist (2 episodes, 1996)
Victoria Seale .... music coordinator (2 episodes, 1996)
Kirsty Whalley .... music mixer (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Series Other crew
Keith Addis .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1996)
Chris Allies .... title designer (2 episodes, 1996)
Tim Bricknell .... production runner (2 episodes, 1996)
Lesley Broderick .... location accountant (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Cadiou .... production accountant (2 episodes, 1996)
Dale Clarke .... armorer (2 episodes, 1996)
Wendy Dade .... assistant: producer (2 episodes, 1996)
Rita Dean .... accounts assistant (2 episodes, 1996)
Steve Dent .... horse master (2 episodes, 1996)
John Ketteringham .... utility stand-in (2 episodes, 1996)
Maggie Lewty .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1996)
James Linton .... stand-in: Mr. Danson (2 episodes, 1996)
Andrew Litvin .... contact: London (2 episodes, 1996)
Cassius Matthias .... assistant: director (2 episodes, 1996)
Tori Parry .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1996)
Patric Scott .... unit publicist (2 episodes, 1996)
Mary Stark .... floor runner (2 episodes, 1996)
June Whitaker .... stand-in: Ms. Steenburgen (2 episodes, 1996)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the first screen version of Jonathan Swift's 1726 novel "Gulliver's Travels" to adapt all four of its parts.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Lemuel Gulliver:But unless thousands are starving, how can there be structure to society?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)See more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant mini-series, 6 June 2005
Author: GusF

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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