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Release Date:
9 April 2000 (USA) See more »
The classic tale of a man's dream, his epic journey, and one true love.
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

John Lithgow ... Don Quixote de La Mancha / Alonso Quixano

Bob Hoskins ... Sancho Panza

Isabella Rossellini ... The Duchess

Vanessa Williams ... Dulcinea / Aldonza

Lambert Wilson ... Duke

Amelia Warner ... Antonia

Tony Haygarth ... Barber
Peter Eyre ... Priest
Lilo Baur ... Teresa Panza (Sancho's wife)

James Purefoy ... Sansón Carrasco

Trevor Peacock ... Innkeeper

Linda Bassett ... Housekeeper
Barry Stanton ... Chaplain - at the Duke's Feast
Alun Raglan ... Rodriguez

Michael Feast ... Doctor

Graham Crowden ... Montesino
Amparo Valle ... Mother Panza (Older)
Alicia Borrachero ... Mother Panza (Younger)

Ruth Sheen ... 1st Wench / Young Lady
Rosemary Smith ... 2nd Wench / Young Lady

Sean Gilder ... Captain
Amador Pita Gonzales ... Prisoner 1
Ben Thomas ... Prisoner 2
John East ... Prisoner 3
Larry Sheridan ... Prisoner 4

Francis Magee ... Ginesillo de Parapilla
Teté Delgado ... Hostess 2nd Inn (as Tete Delgado)
Eileen Bell ... 1st Country Girl
Ruth Silvestre ... 2nd Country Girl

Manolo Caro ... Shepherd

Jessica Oyelowo ... 1st Handmaiden
Natasha Estelle Williams ... 2nd Handmaiden
Hannah Mosle-Hughes ... Sanchina
Mike Kemp ... Mayor
Rory Edwards ... Duke's Man
Jorge Casalduero ... 1st Officer
Leandro Gimenez ... 2nd Officer
Christopher Neal ... Boy Alonso
Stephen Giffin ... Herald (as Stephen Giffen)
Paco Nones ... Duke's Man 2
Lucina Gil ... Lady in White

Michael Culkin ... 1st Monk
Timothy Bateson ... 2nd Monk
Balbino Lacosta ... Dentist
Victoria Navarrete Mandly ... Damsel

Antonio Gil ... Magician (as Antonio Gil Martinez)
Lloyd Williams ... Giant
Guy E. Williams ... Giant
Big Greg Essex ... Giant
Phil Downes ... Giant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Ingleson ... Princess Pantabalon (as Nicole Moerland)
Rosanna Walls ... Waitress
Amara Carmona ... (uncredited)
Daniel Fearn ... Young Sancho (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Yates 
Writing credits
Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (novel) (as Miguel de Cervantes)

John Mortimer (teleplay)

Produced by
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer
John Lithgow .... executive producer
Dyson Lovell .... producer
Chris Thompson .... line producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
David Connell 
Film Editing by
Toby Yates 
Production Design by
Roger Hall 
Art Direction by
Gary Freeman 
Rosalind Shingleton 
Alan Tomkins (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Karen Brookes 
Costume Design by
Charles Knode 
Makeup Department
Kate Best .... makeup artist: Ms Williams
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... hair designer (as Maria-Teresa Corridoni)
Gemma Curran .... assistant makeup artist
Lun Yé Hodges .... hair stylist: Ms Williams (as Lun Ye Hodges Marsh)
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Mauro Menconi .... makeup artist (as Mauro Meniconi)
Barry Richardson .... hair stylist
Anne Spiers .... chief makeup designer
Gillian Thomas .... key makeup artist (as Gill Thomas)
Shaune Harrison .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Simon Rose .... prosthetic sculptor (uncredited)
Matthew Smith .... prosthetic makeup technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Chris Brock .... unit production manager
Jennie McClean .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Toby Hefferman .... second assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... first assistant director
Art Department
Belinda Edwards .... property buyer: UK
Geoff Kingsley .... construction manager (as Geoffrey Kingsley)
Jose Antonio Mateos .... property buyer: Spain
Terry Woods .... props
John Greaves .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Peter James .... art department trainee (uncredited)
Tony Marks .... carpenter (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jason Canovas .... sound editor
David Crozier .... sound mixer
Adrian Rhodes .... sound re-recording mixer
Nigel Stone .... dialogue editor
Gary Dodkin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Matthew Gough .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Gough .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ivana Jeftic .... sound editor (uncredited)
Srdjan Kurpjel .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Paul Munro .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Nigel Stone .... adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Mark White .... special effects
Peter Norcliffe .... special effects armorer: Robert Allsopp and Associates (uncredited)
Tez Palmer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Asa Shoul .... telecine colourist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Avtar Bains .... digital effects artist
Lucy Killick .... visual effects coordinator
Mike McGee .... visual effects supervisor
Sirio Quintavalle .... digital effects artist
Pedro Sabrosa .... digital effects artist
Fiona Walkinshaw .... visual effects producer
Jan Hogevold .... film recording: Framestore CFC (uncredited)
Sharon Lock .... digital paint artist (uncredited)
Antonio Arnalte .... stunt
Gonzalo Hernández .... horseman
William Hobbs .... fight arranger
Nina Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Daniel Naprous .... stunt double: John Lithgow (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Dormer .... electrical rigger
John Ferguson .... gaffer
Erik Heinila .... still photographer
Eddie Knight .... gaffer
Lee Knight .... lighting technician
Danny Shelmerdine .... camera assistant
Berndt Wiese .... first assistant "c" camera
Berndt Wiese .... first assistant camera: c camera
Berndt Wiese .... second assistant camera
Paul Hatchman .... key grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joyce Gallie .... casting
Sally Osoba .... casting coordinator
Rebecca Wright .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Graham Churchyard .... costume supervisor
Lindsay Pugh .... wardrobe supervisor
Robert Worley .... assistant costume designer
Lucy Denny .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Dominic Strevens .... assistant editor
Anya Dillon .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Andrew Glen .... music editor (as Andy Glen)
John Bell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tony Lewis .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Erica Bensly .... production coordinator
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Amara Carmona .... choreographer: flamenco dance
Antonio Fernández Román .... choreographer: flamenco dance (as Antonio Fernandez Román)
Andy Hennigan .... financial controller
Daniel Lamenza .... location manager
Joaquin Nuñez .... choreographer: flamenco dance
Juan Nuñez .... choreographer: flamenco dance
Rosi Nuñez .... choreographer: flamenco dance
Rafael Rodriguez Reyes .... choreographer: flamenco dance
Ben Fogg .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Andrew Haddock .... video coordinator (uncredited)
Debbie Moseley .... contact: London (uncredited)
Esperanza Nicolás Torrejón .... production secretary: Spain (uncredited)
James Wilberger .... production executive: TNT (uncredited)

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120 min | Finland:131 min (3 parts)
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Did You Know?

As of 2007, this has been made available on DVD in Europe (subtitled and/or dubbed into a foreign language), but never in the United States.See more »
Errors in geography: [possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers, who reportedly wanted to make the locale and costumes more colorful] The actual La Mancha is a more arid, monotonous region than the countryside shown in the film. Although it was shot in Spain, Andalusia stood in for La Mancha.See more »
Sancho Panza:How much does honor pay by the hour?See more »
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Endearing. Enchanting. Touching., 25 November 2000
Author: ZachsMind ( from Dallas, Texas

Though ideal for a family audience, the tale is perhaps too slow to entice most young people today. No car chases. No sex. No unwarranted violence. It takes place in Spain at the end of an era where noble thoughts and deeds were rewarded instead of scoffed. It will bore the less cultured, who may find it laughable. Still, anyone not presented this story, especially in the way it is told here, is cheated. It is worth the experience, and I beg you to give it a chance to steal your heart as it did mine. Don Quixote 2000 is filled with humor and soul; a rare gem in today's violent and amoral cinema.

Yes I know this was made for television. Still, it should be seen as a work of art, and a presentation of wondrous acting. It cannot be put in the same category with reruns of Starsky and Hutch. This version of Don Quixote has the makings of a classic.

Of the many retellings of this story, this latest version for the new millennium is perhaps the most heartfelt and moving. The casting is extraordinary. John Lithgow was born for this role. He has repeatedly proven himself worthy for the part of a man of noble virtue and undying spirit, with eyes simultaneously clouded by dreams and crystalized in truth. Lithgow has proven himself worthy of the role of a man seen mad by those around him, while showing the audience he is more sane in what his heart and mind reveal. From Garp to Solomon, every day of learning for this actor has been working up to this performance, and he is still a powerful talent showing no signs of waning.

This is not an easy role to perform. It takes someone with both Shakespearean and modern experience in acting. For it is very easy to present this character two-dimensionally as a madman, and to do so cheapens the role and the audience, as well as the actor. Lithgow rises to this challenge superbly. The tale of Don Quixote is not a tale of a mad man. It is the tale of a man crawling in a desert of mediocrity. His disillusionment is like that of a man crawling through a landscape of sand, reaching for mirages just at the horizon. He craves the sustenance of chivalry and adventure just as a man dying of thirst craves for water. He has drunk the glory of the library, and his mind seeks more adventure than can be found between the covers of a book. THIS is what the actor must reveal to his audience for this role to breathe true life. Quixote thirsts for knowledge, history, and rebirth of humanity, and prays to God that it be found in each one of us. This is the tale of the Last True Renaissance Man. Lithgow presents Quixote to us like a rare jewel in a golden crown, placed delicately upon a velvet pillow. He kneels before us and begs us to take the crown, and revel in the grandness and sadness of this most noble soul. His eyes! Lithgow's performance is so real and filled with emotion, humor, and wisdom. His eyes twinkle and awe at the true majesty of life and thought. We insult his honor as an actor and a gentleman were we to turn away.

Hoskins is by contrast equally well-cast in his role as a simple man of simple ways and means, who falls into the disillusionment of Quixote's world. He does so willingly, and perhaps for the first time in all presentations of this story, we see a performance that does not put into question why Sancho tarries along with this alleged madman. He does so for the hope of a reward, but in the end he does so for the love and friendship of a comrade. For this role it would have been easy for Hoskins to coast and not show us more than the surface, but like Lithgow, Hoskins is an actor of rare breed. Seeing these two great talents working together is a cherished experience, not to be missed.

The tale is always a painful one to experience, because we all long for a fulfillment of our dreams. Quixote does not listen to the naysayers surrounding them. He takes the bull by the horns, and stares down windmills in a way that we all wish we had to courage to share.

It is slow. The pacing of this film is the weak link. The cinematography is point and click. The special effects revealing what Quixote sees are often unnecessary, and the apparent limitations of financial budgeting to the visual and auditory aspects of the presentation make it less than it could have been. However, this allows us to revel in the performance of the leads and supporting cast, which is where the true magic of this production lay. I have seen this story told with more exuberance and energy, but never have I seen it told so lovingly, like a mother wiping the sweat from a fevered baby's face. I strongly recommend this for family viewing. In a world where children's fare is rare to find, even the most conservative and religious among society could find no fault in this film.

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