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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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... Rodriguez
Michael Feast ... Doctor
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Storyline

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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Trivia

There had been a rival theatrical production which was cancelled by Phoenix Pictures in 1997. Fred Schepisi was to direct, and Robin Williams and John Cleese were to star. 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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Version of The Painting of a Miraculous Spider (1908) See more »

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Handsome production
11 April 2000 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This is a handsome retelling of the odd tale about a man who wishes to be a knight in a time that has no use for knights. It is a fable about the desire to dream and use the imagination -- the desire to go beyond the bounds set by society.

The cast is very good. Lithgow plays the sometimes-mad and sometimes-sane title character as a cross between a tragic figure and an over-the-top 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN zany. Hoskins, despite his accent which seems totally out of place, is very amusing as the faithful sidekick Sancho.

We all have giants, wizards, and windmills in our lives. Don Quixote is just able to see them better than most of us.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Quixote 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) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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