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Lost in La Mancha -- Follow director Terry Gilliam on his quest to bring Don Quixote to the big screen. At times hilarious, this intimate film features Johnny Depp and is a unique, in-depth look at the harsher realities of filmmaking.
Lost in La Mancha -- Fulton and Pepe's 2000 documentary captures Terry Gilliam's attempt to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground. Back injuries, freakish storms, and more zoom in to sabotage the project (which has never been resurrected).


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2 August 2002 (UK) See more »
They've got a story...but have lost the plot.
Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (????), off the ground. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote movie delayed again
 (From Den of Geek. 23 September 2015, 10:20 PM, PDT)

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote delayed once again
 (From Flickeringmyth. 23 September 2015, 4:32 AM, PDT)

Giliam's "Don Quixote" Delayed Again
 (From Dark Horizons. 22 September 2015, 9:23 AM, PDT)

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No one who loves film should miss this inside story of a gifted director pursuing a losing cause. See more (64 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Tony Grisoni ... Himself - Co-Writer

Philip A. Patterson ... Himself - First Assistant Director (as Phil Patterson)
René Cleitman ... Himself - Producer

Terry Gilliam ... Himself - Writer & Director
Nicola Pecorini ... Himself - Director of Photography

José Luis Escolar ... Himself - Line Producer
Bárbara Pérez-Solero ... Herself - Ass't. Set Decorator
Benjamín Fernández ... Himself - Production Designer (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Andrea Calderwood ... Herself - Former Head of Production, Pathé
Ray Cooper ... Himself - Longtime Gilliam Colleague
Gabriella Pescucci ... Herself - Costume Designer

Carlo Poggioli ... Himself - Co-Costume Designer
Bernard Bouix ... Himself - Executive Producer
Fred Millstein ... Himself - Completion Guarantor

Jeff Bridges ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)
Bernard Chaumeil ... Himself (uncredited)

Johnny Depp ... Himself (uncredited)

Christopher Eccleston ... Himself (uncredited)
Joan Font ... Himself (uncredited)
Pierre Gamet ... Himself (uncredited)

Vanessa Paradis ... Herself (uncredited)

Bill Paterson ... Himself (uncredited)
Francisco Reiguera ... Don Quixote (archive footage) (uncredited)

Miranda Richardson ... Herself (uncredited)

Jean Rochefort ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Keith Fulton 
Louis Pepe 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Keith Fulton  uncredited
Louis Pepe  uncredited

Produced by
Rosa Bosch .... associate producer: Vice Versa
Andrew J. Curtis .... associate producer (as Andrew Curtis)
Lucy Darwin .... producer
Original Music by
Miriam Cutler 
Film Editing by
Jacob Bricca 
Production Design by
Benjamín Fernández (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jaime Sicilia .... assistant director: Spain (as Jaime Sicilia Nistal)
Art Department
Gustave Doré .... etchings: "The Story of Don Quixote"
Benjamín Fernández .... artwork: production design (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Terry Gilliam .... storyboard illustrator
Gabriella Pescucci .... artwork: costume design
Sound Department
Michael Kowalski .... sound editor: The Fourth Factory
Michael Kowalski .... sound mixer: The Fourth Factory
Gonzalo Hernández .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Pepe .... camera operator
François Duhamel .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fernando Vázquez Gondar .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Stefan Avalos .... animator: The Story of 'Don Quixote'
Chaim Bianco .... animator: "Terry Gilliam's Picture Show" and Terry Gilliam's storyboard illustrations
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Massimo Cantini Parrini .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Renee Edwards .... editorial consultant
Keith Fulton .... additional editor
Derek Herr .... on-line editor
Lisa Leeman .... editorial consultant
Randy Magalski .... on-line editor
Louis Pepe .... additional editor
Zac Stanford .... colorist
Other crew
Richard Brenin .... transcriptions
Martin Briseño .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Marsha Brown .... production coordinator: London
Sam Buckland .... production assistant: London
Audrey Capotosta .... production assistant: Los Angeles
David DeBlas .... production assistant: Spain
Bill Eckroat .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Harold Manning .... translator: French
Richard Mills .... production facilities: Molinare Studio, London
Marc Munden .... additional production staff: London
Sachi Oda .... travel services: Silverlake Travel
Alexa Portillo .... production coordinator: Spain (as Alexa Portillo Capelli)
Snarby Richard .... archival researcher
Lisa Marie Russo .... additional production staff: London (as Lisa-Marie Russo)
Karl Watkins .... additional production staff: London
Patricia Nieto .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Alberto Poveda .... production assistant (uncredited)
Warren Bass .... thanks
Jean-Pierre Bedoyan .... thanks
Bernard Bouix .... special thanks
Peter Boyle .... thanks
Betty Burkhart .... thanks
Matthew Buzzell .... thanks
Jenne Casarotto .... thanks
Nicolas Chartier .... thanks
Helen Chough .... thanks (as Helen Chouh)
René Cleitman .... special thanks
Manuel Salas Coll .... thanks
Marianne Connor .... thanks
Amanda Crane .... thanks
Gerald Curtis .... special thanks (as Gerald)
Jacqueline Curtis .... special thanks
Warren Curtis .... thanks
Andrew Darwin .... special thanks
Frances Darwin .... thanks
Oscar Darwin .... thanks (as Oscar)
Nick Davis .... thanks: Memery Crystal
Johnny Depp .... special thanks
Delphine DeWitte .... thanks
José Luis Escolar .... special thanks
Sean Farnel .... thanks
Dominique Fouassier .... acknowledgment: additional storm footage courtesy of
Jeff Fox .... thanks
Beverly Fulton .... thanks
Robert Fulton .... thanks (as Robert)
Valerie Fulton .... thanks
Dean Galanis .... thanks
Elizabeth Gaskell .... thanks (as Mrs Gaskell)
Sonya Geis .... thanks
Victor Gill .... thanks: Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Terry Gilliam .... special thanks
Tony Grisoni .... special thanks
Guzmán .... thanks
David Hansel .... thanks: Memery Crystal
Ian Kelly .... special thanks
Susan Kelly .... thanks
Veronica Killseek .... thanks
David Klagsbrun .... thanks
Oja Kodar .... acknowledgment: "Don Quijote de Orson Welles" courtesy of, El Silencio Producciones
Valerie Koscelnik .... thanks
Irene Lamb .... thanks
Bob Lane .... thanks
Francisco Lujan .... thanks
Ray Magill .... thanks
Nick Manzi .... thanks
Patrick McGuinn .... thanks
Sean McPharlin .... thanks
Kevin McTurk .... thanks
Corinne Michel .... thanks
Lisa Molomot .... thanks
Michael Mulcahy .... thanks
Philip A. Patterson .... special thanks (as Phil Patterson)
Nicola Pecorini .... special thanks
Joseph C. Pepe .... thanks (as Joseph Pepe)
Mary Lou Pepe .... thanks
Peter Pepe .... thanks (as Peter)
Berenice Reynaud .... thanks
Jean Rochefort .... special thanks
Sebastian Rotstein .... thanks (as Sebastien Rottstein)
Julia Short .... thanks
Helga Stephenson .... thanks
George Stoll .... thanks
Ted Sullivan .... thanks
Ann Tegnell .... thanks
Agnes Van .... thanks
Ella Von Schreitter .... special thanks
Maggie Weston .... thanks (as Maggie Gilliam)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language
93 min | Canada:89 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:A (Ontario) | Czech Republic:12 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:R

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Fulton and Pepe embarked on their second feature about director Terry Gilliam intending to make a television documentary about the development and pre-production of Gilliam's long-awaited passion project. Having intimate knowledge of Gilliam's chaotic working methods, they knew they were in for something dramatic. But they had no idea that the story would develop into its own quixotic tragedy. After the failure of Gilliam's production, Fulton and Pepe were wary of finishing their film. Gilliam assured them that "someone has to get a film out of this. I guess it's going to be you."See more »
[Upon watching a screen test of the giants]
Terry Gilliam:That's our trailer, right there!
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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
No one who loves film should miss this inside story of a gifted director pursuing a losing cause., 29 April 2003
Author: John DeSando ( from Columbus, Ohio

J.K. Rowling said that Director Terry Gilliam's `Time Bandits' was the inspiration for the Harry Potter series. Then who is better to fail than such a visionary-he already did with ` Adventures of Baron Munchausen.' But wait, he fails again with his incomplete `The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.'

In grand dramatic style, the mighty one falls, and in the process instructs us all about the difficulties of working outside Hollywood with shaky European financing and following a dream against all odds-and along the way endearing himself to us all.

Movies on movies abound by the hundreds, from the elegant `Day for Night' to the seedy `Boogie Nights.' None has shown, however, a filmmaker's pain and frustration the way this documentary, `Lost in La Mancha,' does. Directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, at Gilliam's request, document his failed attempt to screen the Quixote story. They create a cautionary tale about moviemaking, especially vain attempts at adapting great literature. In this case, Orson Welles spent 20 years grubbing for funding for `Quixote' and died without the picture; in 1972 Arthur Hiller directed Peter O'Toole in a tepid `Man of La Mancha.'

Gilliam's previous successes (`The Fisher King,' `12 Monkeys') were good enough for him to round up $30 million for this film (half of what was really needed), yet the ghost of `Munchausen' seems to visit every scene: If Gilliam is not talking about its flaws, everyone else seems to be referencing it as the disasters pile up in pre-production and mount during the first week of production.

Of Biblical proportions are the extraordinary desert rains and the NATO jets over the Spanish desert. Of human dimension are Jean Rochefort (Quixote) and his ailing 70-year old prostate. To spice it all further is the difficulty of getting Vanessa Paradis to the set. In the end, Rochefort's illness damns the project, but Gilliam, we are told in the end, will try to buy back the script from the insurance company!

No one who loves film should miss this inside story of a gifted director pursuing a losing cause just as his fictional subject fought windmills 400 years ago (or Welles a quarter a century ago). Although Cervantes regularly ridiculed Quixote, readers became fonder of him with each insult. The more idealistic Gilliam becomes in the face of failure, the more the audience will love the creative 61-year-old director, who believes enough in his vision to continue shooting `images' after everyone else has forsaken the project: `The movie already exists in here [his head]. I have visualized it so many times . . . .' As `Black Hawk Down' should make recruits think more carefully about the glory of war, aspiring filmmakers should see `Lost in La Mancha' before devoting a life to the windmills of Hollywood. However, the romance of the most influential art form in all of civilization will convert the Orson Welleses and Terry Gilliams regardless of the pain.

Even T.S. Eliot knew there was life in the images: `But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen . . ..'

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