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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen
... Desmond / Berthold
... Sally Salt
... Vulcan
... Rupert / Adolphus
... Bill / Albrecht
... Jeremy / Gustavus
... Queen Ariadne / Violet
... The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
... Henry Salt
... Sultan
... Venus / Rose
... Daisy
Ray Cooper ... Functionary
Don Henderson ... Commander
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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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A true story. We've got the film to prove it. See more »


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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Abenteuer des Baron Münchhausen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,630,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$597,400, 10 March 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,083,123
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the Baron's horse is "Bucephalus". This was the name of Alexander the Great's horse. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes, a family is seen sheltering under the head of the horse near the remaining statue of the horse's body. When the camera take an overhead view of the scene, the horse's head is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

King of the Moon: I'm back! I got lips again and I'm gonna use 'em, baby!
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Crazy Credits

Man of the match David Tomblin. See more »

Connections

Version of Die Abenteuer des Freiherrn von Münchhausen (1944) 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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Munchausen's tale as he himself would have seen it
11 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is NOT a movie for everyone. This is not a movie for people who want a fantasy plot... according to the rules of fantasy movies. This is a movie which has one great ambition and has ABSOLUTELY, TOTALLY, UTTERLY, FULLY, UNQUESTIONABLY fulfilled: to present the story of Baron Munchausen as the real one would have seen it. This is a great piece of visualization of the culture of 18th-century Enlightenment (did you notice that the bad guys all wore uniforms from the Napoleonic age - as a sign of when this great period of human cultural achievement finished?). It is a movie in which the sets and costumes are THE ESSENCE - the mechanical giant fish, Venus getting out of the pearl, the small amours with the pink garlands, the pinkish clouds, the two-dimensional buildings on the Moon, the separation of the head from the body, the exoticising of the "Grand Turk" - these are all correct reproductions of both the imagery from, and the topics relevant for, the Baroque period. IT IS success.


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