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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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4,256 ( 601)
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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Taglines:

From the director of "Time Bandits" and "Brazil" a new movie full of NOISE...FLYING OBJECTS...SEAFOOD...CELEBRITIES...COMPASSION...TRAVEL...HONOR...GRAVITY...BULL...he was full of it. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film became notorious for its many production problems and cost overruns. Making matters worse was the change in regimes at Columbia Pictures. The new regime, not wanting any production from the old regime to "shine", simply buried the film during its U.S. release. There were many markets, especially the smaller ones, in the U.S. where this movie was not booked at all. See more »

Goofs

After the characters are thrown from the fish, there is a close up of a crows nest of a ship. On this shot you can see the joins on the canvas that the sky is painted on. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Baron Munchausen: Open the gates!
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Crazy Credits

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'. 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

Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) 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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User Reviews

Other people have seen it? And liked it?! I thought I was the only one...
24 September 2004 | by pianogyrlSee all my reviews

I've only known one other person who has even heard of this movie(also the only other one who's heard of and liked Mel Brooks' the Twelve Chairs). This is certainly one of the most bizarre and unique movies I've ever seen but the more times I see it, the more I like it. Robin Williams and Eric Idle are great of course, but Neville does a good job too. The story is truly unique, leaving you wondering where fiction ends and reality begins. In fact, it's much like "Adaptation" in that respect, come to think of it. While not on par with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this is a good piece of work. My advice: let your brain take a vacation for a couple of hours and just absorb it. You'll appreciate it better if you try not to make too much sense of it. If it really confuses you, read the book. Yes, there is a book and there really was a man who called himself Baron Munchausen. The book is called <u>The Adventures of Baron Munchausen</u> and the edition I had explained his whole story. Terry Gilliam did a great job of bringing this man to screen and I highly recommend it if you're tired of the usual Hollywood fluff.


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Details

Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen See more »

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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

Runtime:

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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