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Man of La Mancha (1972)

The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writers:

Dale Wasserman (musical play), Dale Wasserman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter O'Toole ... Don Quixote De La Mancha / Miguel de Cervantes / Alonso Quijana
Sophia Loren ... Dulcinea / Aldonza
James Coco ... Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
Harry Andrews ... The Innkeeper / The Governor
John Castle ... Sanson Carrasco / The Duke
Brian Blessed ... Pedro
Ian Richardson ... The Padre
Julie Gregg ... Antonia Quijana
Rosalie Crutchley ... The Housekeeper
Gino Conforti ... The Barber
Marne Maitland ... Captain of the Guard
Dorothy Sinclair Dorothy Sinclair ... The Innkeeper's Wife
Miriam Acevedo Miriam Acevedo ... Fermina
Dominic Barto Dominic Barto ... Muleteer (as Dominic Bartó)
Poldo Bendandi Poldo Bendandi ... Muleteer
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Storyline

This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza). Written by Reid Gagle

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Years and years from now you'll still remember the first time you saw it. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1973 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre de La Mancha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,800,000
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even Sophia Loren queried why the film was shot in grubby soundstages in Rome instead of the glorious locations of Andalucia where the film is supposedly set. See more »

Goofs

Both the film and stage performances of the play on which it's based depict the elderly Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra as able to use both hands. The real Cervantes had a paralyzed left hand from his wound in the Battle of Lepanto (1571) when he was a 20-something. See more »

Quotes

Aldonza: [singing, to Don Quixote] If you feel that you see me, not quite at my virginal best, / cross my palm with a coin, and I'll willingly show you the rest.
Don Quixote: [speaking] Never deny that thou art Dulcinea.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, we see the animated sails of a windmill, which, with each turn, begin to reveal, and finally become, a sketch of the face of Don Quixote. The camera moves in for an extreme closeup of the facial features, which, as the camera gets close, reveal themselves to be a giant prop in an outdoor stage presentation during a festival. As the opening credits end, the sketch of that prop dissolves into the real item. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD features the MGM logo in the credits, but not the United Artists one, although the film is a United Artists release. The VHS release featured both logos, and the original theatrical release only the United Artists one, along with the Transamerica logo (Transamerica once owned UA). See more »

Connections

Version of Don Quijote von der Mancha (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Psalm
Music by Mitch Leigh
Words taken from the Latin version of Psalm 130
Sung by Ian Richardson
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Greatest Movie Ever
20 October 2000 | by kimandscottSee all my reviews

I consider myself somewhat of a movie aficionado, having seen several thousand movies over the past forty years; and I can unequivocably say that "Man of La Mancha" is my all-time favorite movie. While some of the familiar criticisms lodged against it are valid, there is still no other movie that can approach its depth or poignancy. I judge a movie by its ability to move me: to make me laugh, to make me cry, to make me think. This movie tackles one of the greatest themes of life: whether to live in a helpful illusion or live in the harshness of reality. Don Quixote's story is the ultimate in human heroism, a tragic man of courage struggling to see and live life, not as it is, but as it should be. His unwavering idealism in the face of all-too-familiar cynicism and skepticism is both foolhardy and inspiring. This movie always leaves me, not with tears trickling, but with great sobbing. I strongly recommend it for both your heart and your head.


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