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Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels, who loses his sanity and believing to be a knight named Don Quixote de La Mancha, ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra (novel) (as Miguel de Cervantes), John Mortimer (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lithgow ... Don Quixote de La Mancha / Alonso Quixano
Bob Hoskins ... Sancho Panza
Isabella Rossellini ... The Duchess
Vanessa Williams ... Dulcinea / Aldonza
Lambert Wilson ... Duke
Amelia Warner ... Antonia
Tony Haygarth ... Barber
Peter Eyre ... Priest
Lilo Baur Lilo Baur ... Teresa Panza (Sancho's wife)
James Purefoy ... Sansón Carrasco
Trevor Peacock ... Innkeeper
Linda Bassett ... Housekeeper
Barry Stanton ... Chaplain - at the Duke's Feast
Alun Raglan Alun Raglan ... Rodriguez
Michael Feast ... Doctor
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Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels, who loses his sanity and believing to be a knight named Don Quixote de La Mancha, decides to go on imaginary adventures along with his friend, the simple farmer Sancho Panza, who becomes his squire. On their journeys, they rescue dames in distress in honorable acts and fight giants among other perils, with Don longing to be with the love of his life, lady Dulcinea, and Sancho waiting to be rewarded with an island where he's about to become a governor. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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The classic tale of a man's dream, his epic journey, and one true love.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Quijote See more »

Filming Locations:

Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Hallmark Entertainment See more »
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| (3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In 1971, Peter Yates announced that he would be directing " Don Quixote " with Richard Burton and Topol starring. It would be over 35 years before he got around to filming the Cervantes story. See more »

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[possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers, who reportedly wanted to make the locale and costumes more colorful] The actual La Mancha is a more arid, monotonous region than the countryside shown in the film. Although it was shot in Spain, Andalusia stood in for La Mancha. See more »

Quotes

Don Quixote: [to Sancho] There is a world outside La Mancha. There is a great elsewhere, my neighbor. And there we may both find fame and fortune.
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Entertaining yet somewhat superficial
6 January 2004 | by Thomas NielsenSee all my reviews

John Lithgow was brilliant most of the time although occasionally reverting to the typecast zany character he has so often played. The Don Quixote he portrays is, however, mostly spot on and that is refreshing if not unusual for a well established and well known novel character entering the screen. Bob Hoskins and Isabella Rossellini, on the other hand, disappointed. Bob Hoskins for humoring his master rather than simplemindedly conforming to the new world order, something which he did almost instantaneously by the end. Isabella Rossellini simply performed poorly thus disappointing simply for not living up to what could be expected.

The effects were generally poor. Not that they need to be extravagant and cutting edge but because they were either poorly made or simply failed to convey any real meaning. In fact, corny.

All in all an enjoyable Don Quixote in believable settings which, of course, Spain would have to be. Fairly true to the book. A lot is missing but that which is there is pretty precise and kudos for that. What astonished me the most was John Lithgow's likeness to the Wilhelm Marstrand (1810-1873: http://www.cwquijote.com/Mundo_Quijote/Pintura/Paginas%202/Pintura_Marstrand.html) highly praised illustrations of my copy of the book. Illustrations I have always found quite amusing.

  • Thomas Nielsen


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