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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

Director:

Terry Gilliam

Writers:

Charles McKeown (screenplay), Terry Gilliam (screenplay)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Neville ... Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen
Eric Idle ... Desmond / Berthold
Sarah Polley ... Sally Salt
Oliver Reed ... Vulcan
Charles McKeown ... Rupert / Adolphus
Winston Dennis ... Bill / Albrecht
Jack Purvis ... Jeremy / Gustavus
Valentina Cortese ... Queen Ariadne / Violet
Jonathan Pryce ... The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
Bill Paterson ... Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey ... Sultan
Uma Thurman ... Venus / Rose
Alison Steadman ... Daisy
Ray Cooper Ray Cooper ... Functionary
Don Henderson ... Commander
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Storyline

The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Remarkable. Unbelievable. Impossible. And true. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Munchausen throws out roses to all the women except one; when Sally asks for a flower, he throws her a scarlet pimpernel. See more »

Goofs

While on the boat flying to the moon, the Baron's phrase "bodily activities" is dubbed. See more »

Quotes

Berthold: Hang on. Hang on! It's all coming back. I've-I've been stuck here for over twenty years, ever since you were last here on the moon. You abandoned me here! You swine! You toddled off with that old queen of tarts and left me to rot in that parrot cage, didn't you? And now you come back here, just because it suits you, after wasting half my life and expect me to follow you to the ends of the earth!
Baron Munchausen: Yes.
Berthold: All right.
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Crazy Credits

Man of the match David Tomblin. See more »

Alternate Versions

Recent prints, including home video reissues, have included a new card during the end. It has been inserted between the end title and "The End" and reads: "This is a new motion picture. This motion picture is not to be confused with the UFA/Transit/Murnau 1942/43 motion picture bearing the title 'The Adventures of Baron Munchausen'." This refers to the German production of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen that was made during the Nazi era and underwent restoration by the F.W. Murnau Foundation during the 1990s. See more »

Connections

References The Prisoner (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Torturer's Apprentice
Music & Lyrics by Michael Kamen & Eric Idle
Used by the permission of K Man Corporation & Kay-Gee-Bee Music Limited
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really something
13 July 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" has Terry Gilliam written all over it. The fantasy, the cleverness, and everything else. To me, the movie is looking at the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, what with the possibility that the baron's stories just might be true. But whether or not they are, the movie is still really something. I personally think that Terry Gilliam has never gotten the credit that he deserves as a director (surely we have to agree that "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was infinitely better than any Jean-Claude Van Damme movie).

Anyway, this is one movie that you're sure to like. Since I first saw it, John Neville has had some neat roles ("The X Files", "Urban Legend", "Sunshine"). Also starring Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Jonathan Pryce, Uma Thurman and an uncredited Robin Williams.


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Details

Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,630,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$597,400, 12 March 1989

Gross USA:

$8,083,123

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,083,123
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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