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9 April 2000 (USA) See more »
The classic tale of a man's dream, his epic journey, and one true love.
Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Solid TV version but not strong enough for the running time it struggles to fill See more (20 total) »


  (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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Don Quixote:[to Sancho] There is a world outside La Mancha. There is a great elsewhere, my neighbor. And there we may both find fame and fortune.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Der Mann von La Mancha (1994) (TV)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Solid TV version but not strong enough for the running time it struggles to fill, 26 July 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Alonso Quixano eats dinner with the Mayor once a month, walks to church once a week and is shaved by the barber every other day. He longs for more than this and it is his love for the tales of knights and adventures that sees him rename himself as Don Quixote and set out with sidekick Sancho Panza, to whom he has promised an island. Promising his love to the beautiful maid Aldonza (who he has renamed Dulchinea), Quixote sets out for four years of adventure, to spread his fame and prove himself worthy of the hand of Dulchinea.

I wasn't sure quite to expect from this film. Primary in my thoughts was the fact that the source material is one of those things that is difficult to bring to film – and indeed I have recently seen the documentary on Gilliam's failed attempt to do so. That this was a TVM with a cast more famous recently for their television work, a director whose best work is behind him and a writer famous for Rumpole of the Bailey. All this conspired to suggest that what I would watch would be little more than a very slight romp for everyone involved in the south of Spain. To some degree this is true but I actually enjoyed the film more than I expected.

Which is not the same as saying it is brilliant (as many have done here). Rather I found the film to be too long and deliberate, which did rather leave the material exposed as wanting. At its core I did find that the world of fantasy and aspiration around Quixote was pretty engaging for stretches of the film but it frustrated me the way that it seemed in no rush to really go anywhere. Had it had more depth and complexity in the characters then this might have been worth it, but as it was it left too much to the actors and didn't really bring up people beyond the obvious narrative development thereof. This was a shame because the performances were actually pretty good and deserved more to work with. Lithgow is the best example of what I mean. He gets the mix of madness and hope just right, producing a figure that is fun and engaging at the same time. However without the material to work with, he is left working as hard as he can but superficially – nothing wrong with that in itself but as the time runs on it does wear thin. Hoskins is similar – he is fun but his one-note turn does run out of steam with a lot of the film left to go. Rossellini and Williams are not that great and sort of drift around the edges, with the rest of the support doing so-so work.

The direction is solid if not spectacular – perhaps showing a lack of imagination across the material as he tends to go for the easy effect when it comes. The use of southern Spain is a good choice and does give the film a sense of place that helps cover up for other faults. Overall then this was better than I expected but still not a great telling. It lacks complexity and plays a straight bat throughout – which becomes more and more of a problem as the overly-long running time exposes the weaknesses.

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