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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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Adventure, Comedy, Romance. He was full of 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jon Pertwee was a strong contender for the role of Munchausen. See more »

Goofs

After the frustrated decapitation of Baron Munchausen his horse jumps over some guards and you can clearly see that the two in the middle are dummies. See more »

Quotes

Sultan: What about the virgins?
Horatio Jackson: Please, forget the virgins. We're out of virgins!
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Crazy Credits

The King of The Moon - Ray D. Tutto (homonym of Italian re di tutto=king of all). The actor's real name is Robin Williams. 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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Give me flights of imagination over drama anyday!
19 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Wasn't feeling the very best today, but had to get on with it anyway, as you do, you know, and, when I finally got a chance to sit down in my own living room this afternoon who should come bursting thru the door but my 6 year old son and about 7 of his friends... JUST as this movie, which I've always adored, came on one of The SKY movie channels. I closed the living room curtains for cinematic effect and we all sat down and watched it. They were all entranced by it, even tho' some of them had seen it already.

I've seen "The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen" myself many times and it never fails to fascinate me. It goes a very long way to explain many things that are omnipresent in life (war, sex romance, childhood innocence, adult disillusionment) by illustrating, and somehow making real, well-known classical myths and fairy tales. Oliver Reed deserved some sort of award for his portrayal of the god Vulcan. I read that Sean Connery was slated for the part of King of The Moon but it HAD to be Robin Williams. Mork calling Orson indeed....

This is my first review in this forum and, therefore, I will not go on at great length except to say that viewing this movie again made me determined to state that my favourite movies are movies like "The Adventures of Baron von Munchausen", "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Yellow Submarine". May you all develop a talent for living happily ever after!


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