Man of La Mancha ()

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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... See more »

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Don Quixote De La Mancha / Miguel de Cervantes / Alonso Quijana
Dulcinea / Aldonza
Sancho Panza / Cervantes' Manservant
The Innkeeper / The Governor
Sanson Carrasco / The Duke
The Padre
Antonia Quijana
The Housekeeper
The Barber
Captain of the Guard
Dorothy Sinclair ...
The Innkeeper's Wife
Miriam Acevedo ...
Dominic Barto ...
Muleteer (as Dominic Bartó)
Poldo Bendandi ...
Peppi Borza ...
Fred Evans ...
Muleteer (as Francesco Ferrini)
Paolo Gozlino ...
Teddy Green ...
Peter Johnston ...
Roy Jones ...
Connel Miles ...
Steffen Zacharias ...
Lou Zamprogna ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calogero Caruana ...
Muleteer (uncredited)
Rolando De Santis ...
Muleteer (uncredited)

Directed by

Arthur Hiller

Written by

Dale Wasserman ... (musical play)
Dale Wasserman ... (screenplay)
Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra ... (novel "Don Quixote") (uncredited)
Dale Wasserman ... (television play "I, Don Quixote") (uncredited)

Produced by

Saul Chaplin ... associate producer
Alberto Grimaldi ... executive producer
Arthur Hiller ... producer

Cinematography by

Giuseppe Rotunno ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Robert C. Jones

Editorial Department

David Blangsted ... assistant editor

Casting By

Maude Spector

Costume Design by

Luciano Damiani

Makeup Department

Giuseppe Annunziata ... makeup artist
Ramon Gow ... hair stylist
Ada Palombi ... hair stylist
Amalia Paoletti ... hair stylist
Charles E. Parker ... makeup artist (as Charles Parker)
Euclide Santoli ... makeup artist
Stefano Fava ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Lanfranco Diotallevi ... unit manager
Paolo Infascelli ... unit manager
Luciano Pesciaroli ... unit manager
Luciano Piperno ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Franco Cirino ... assistant director
Mauro Sacripanti ... assistant director

Art Department

Elio Altamura ... property master
Arrigo Breschi ... set dresser
Luciano Damiani ... set designer
Sibylle Ulsamer ... assistant: set designer (as Sibylla Ulsamer)
Alessandro Alberti ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Giovanni Natalucci ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

David Hildyard ... sound
Richard Portman ... sound
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Adriano Pischiutta ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Rodolfo Bramucci ... chief electrician
Giuseppe Maccari ... camera operator
Mazzini Salvatore ... key grip (as Mazzini Salvatori)
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
Piero Servo ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Sibylle Ulsamer ... assistant to costume designer (as Sibylla Ulsamer)

Music Department

Richard Carruth ... music editor
Joe Darion ... lyricist: musical play
Mitch Leigh ... composer: musical play
Laurence Rosenthal ... conductor / music adaptor
Ted Sebern ... music editor
Herbert W. Spencer ... musical associate (as Herbert Spencer)
Simon Gilbert ... singing voice: Peter O'Toole (uncredited)
Laurence Rosenthal ... composer: incidental music (uncredited)

Other crew

Elvira D'Amico ... script supervisor
Hal James ... producer: New York stage production
Roy Jones ... assistant choreographer
Gillian Lynne ... choreographer
Albert Marre ... director: original stage production
Phill Norman ... title designer: Westheimer Company
Albert W. Selden ... producer: New York stage production
Mario Olivieri ... first production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • L'uomo della Mancha (Italy)
  • L'homme de la Manche (France)
  • El hombre de La Mancha (Spain)
  • Žmogus iš La Mančos (Lithuania)
  • Don kisot (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 132 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Peter O'Toole recorded his vocal tracks for the film, but after realizing his own voice was not sufficient enough for the requirements of the music, assisted in the search for a singing voice double. The man O'Toole initially picked sounded nothing like him, so a new search was begun, and eventually Simon Gilbert was selected as the singing voice of Don Quixote, as his singing voice sounded the most like O'Toole's speaking voice. See more »
Goofs In the film, Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra uses the story of Don Quixote to defend the hero's chivalric notions. In the final pages of the novel, and only in the final pages, he declares that his intention was to satirize and poke fun at the exaggerated books of chivalry which were then in vogue. Part I of "Don Quixote" published in 1605, is mostly comic; Part II, published in 1615, is more melancholy and psychological. Most critics feel that, despite his satirical intentions, Cervantes mellowed and began to admire Don Quixote between publication of the 2 parts. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Miguel de Cervantes: Life as it is. I've lived for over 40 years and I've seen life as it is. Pain. Misery. Cruelty beyond belief. I've heard all the voices of God's noblest creature. Moans from bundles of filth in the street. I've been a soldier and a slave. I've seen my comrades fall in battle or die more slowly under the lash in Africa. I've held them in my arms at the final moment. These were men who saw life as it is, yet they died despairing. No glory, no brave last words, only their eyes, filled with confusion, questioning "Why?" I do not think they were asking why they were dying, but why they had ever lived. When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness To surrender dreams - -this may be madness; to seek treasure where there is only trash. Too much sanity may be madness! And maddest of all - to see life as it is and not as it should be!
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