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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.

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Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
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Cast

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

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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Kihotis horis telos... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£42,824 (United Kingdom), 4 August 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,303, 2 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$734,514, 22 June 2003
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fulton and Pepe intended to make a television documentary about the development and pre-production of Terry Gilliam's long-awaited passion project. They had no idea that the story would develop into its own quixotic tragedy. After the project failed, Fulton and Pepe were wary of finishing their film until Gilliam said "someone has to get a film out of this. I guess it's going to be you." See more »

Quotes

Terry Gilliam: I want to know when we're fucked in advance, not in the middle of a shoot.
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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 »

Connections

Features Don Quixote (1992) See more »

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Impossible Dream?
7 January 2004 | by sparklecatSee all my reviews

"The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" has the makings of a brilliant film. It's a twisted take on Cervantes from the mind of director Terry Gilliam, starring Jean Rochefort, Johnny Depp, and Vanessa Paradis. The only problem is that the film has not been made. It REFUSES to be made.

Filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe initially set out to chronicle Gilliam as he made his quixotic dream come true. Instead they captured the floods, bombings, and various "acts of God" that shut the movie down. The result is "Lost in La Mancha", a documentary about a courageous but capsizing production. It works because by presenting Gilliam's story, Fulton and Pepe also illustrate the joy and pain that all filmmakers experience to some degree. We often witness Gilliam's frustration, but we also see his delight when his vision briefly comes to life.

One is left with a new appreciation for the daring movies that do make it through production, as well as some hope for the completion of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote". Gilliam is depicted as a dreamer, not a failure. "Lost in La Mancha" is an enjoyable celebration of those who tilt at windmills.


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