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Lost in La Mancha (2002)

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Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.


Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Grisoni Tony Grisoni ... Self - Co-Writer
Philip A. Patterson ... Self - First Assistant Director (as Phil Patterson)
René Cleitman René Cleitman ... Self - Producer
Terry Gilliam ... Self - Writer & Director
Nicola Pecorini Nicola Pecorini ... Self - Director of Photography
José Luis Escolar ... Self - Line Producer
Bárbara Pérez-Solero Bárbara Pérez-Solero ... Self - Ass't. Set Decorator
Benjamín Fernández Benjamín Fernández ... Self - Production Designer (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Andrea Calderwood Andrea Calderwood ... Self - Former Head of Production, Pathé
Ray Cooper Ray Cooper ... Self - Longtime Gilliam Colleague
Gabriella Pescucci ... Self - Costume Designer
Carlo Poggioli ... Self - Co-Costume Designer
Bernard Bouix Bernard Bouix ... Self - Executive Producer
Fred Millstein Fred Millstein ... Self - Completion Guarantor
Jeff Bridges ... Narrator (voice)


Director Terry Gilliam is the latest filmmaker to try and bring Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra's "Don Quixote de la Mancha" to the big screen, the movie to be called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Before filming even begins, Gilliam, who has moved from Hollywood studio to European financing, will have to scale back his vision as his budget has been slashed from $40 million to $32 million, still astronomical by European standards. But Gilliam is a dreamer, much like his title character, and his vision for the movie is uncompromising, meaning with the reduced budget that there is no margin for error and that some of his department heads may have to achieve miracles with their allotted moneys. During pre-production and actual filming, what Gilliam does not foresee is contractual and health issues with his actors, and the effects of Mother Nature. The question is does Gilliam have a Plan B if/when things go wrong. Written by Huggo

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They've got a story...but have lost the plot.



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Did You Know?


On June 4, 2017, Terry Gilliam announced that production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote had finally wrapped. A few days later, he jokingly posted on Facebook that he had accidentally deleted the film. See more »


Terry Gilliam: I don't know what else to do. I mean, all of us have done a lot of stuff, and none of us know the answer right now.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits we see the footage of the giants running menacingly towards the screen (which Gilliam admitted would make a great trailer). Just before it fades to black, the words "COMING SOON" are emblazoned across the screen. At the fadeout, we hear Gilliam's distinctive laugh. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the U.S. home video version has a listed running time of 93 minutes, the version on the tape runs only 89 minutes. See more »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: 12 Monos (2012) See more »

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Quixotic to say the least
3 February 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

LOST IN LA MANCHA (2003) ***1/2 Uproariously funny and insightful documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe who originally were shooting a making of docu for director Terry Gilliam's latest film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote which soon became a document of Murphy's Law: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Gilliam's plagued production is a cautionary and comic parable for budding filmmakers as well as the struggles a true visionary has in Hollywood even when faced with foreign backers instead. Hopefully the aborted project will one day continue for the brilliantly subversive Gilliam; only time will tell in this timeless fable of folly. Features Johnny Depp, Jean Rochefort and narrated by Jeff Bridges.

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2 August 2002 (UK) See more »

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$63,303, 2 February 2003

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