The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley

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Director Terry Gilliam adroitly applies his Monty Python sensibilities upon the "career" of famed German prevaricator Baron von Munchausen. Played herein by John Neville, the baron is seen quelling a war that he himself started, flying into the stratosphere on the back of a cannonball, ballooning to the moon, exploring the innards of a volcano, being swallowed by a whale....In short, all of Munchausen's fabulous lies are here presented as "truth," played out in full view of nonplussed witnesses Eric Idle, Charles McKeown, Jack Purvis, and Sarah Polley. Fringe benefits include several loving medium shots of jaybird-naked Uma Thurman as Boticelli's Venus and an extended unbilled cameo by Robin Williams -- that is, by the head of Robin Williams -- as the King of the Moon. Filmed under considerable duress on a budget eventually exceeding 45 million dollars, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen never quite caught on with moviegoers, though it has enjoyed a lucrative afterlife on videocassette.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2008
UPC: 0043396162198
Original Release: 1989
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:07:00

Special Features

Commentary with director Terry Gilliam & co-writer/actor Charles McKeown; The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen: An all-new 3-part documentary on the making of the film; Storyboard sequences with all-new vocal performances by Terry Gilliam & Charles McKeown; Deleted scenes; Marvelous world of Munchausen enchanced graphics & trivia track (blu-ray exclusive)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Neville Baron Munchausen
Eric Idle Berthold
Sarah Polley Sally
Jonathan Pryce Horatio Jackson
Uma Thurman Venus/Rose
Oliver Reed Vulcan
Charles McKeown Rupert/Adolphus
Sting Heroic Officer
Robin Williams King of the Moon
Valentina Cortese Queen Ariadne/Violet
Winston Dennis Bill Albrecht
Jack Purvis Gustavus,Jeremy
Bill Paterson Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey The Sultan
Alison Steadman Daisy
Ray Cooper Functionary
Andrew Maclachlan Colonel
Mohamed Salem Badr Executioner
Kiran Shah Executioner's Assistant
Ettore Martini First General
Jose Lifante Dr. Death
Don Henderson Commander
Franco Adducci Treasurer
Tony Smart Gunner

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Screenwriter
Maria Teresa Barbasso Art Director
Lee Cleary Asst. Director
Richard Conway Special Effects
Ray Cooper Co-producer
Jake Eberts Executive Producer
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
Peter Hollywood Editor
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Irene Lamb Casting
Charles McKeown Screenwriter
Pino Penesse Choreography
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Massimo Razzi Art Director
Giorgio Rossi Choreography
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Francesca Lo Schiavo Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Schühly Producer
Margery Simkin Casting
Tony Smart Stunts
Michele Soavi Asst. Director
Maggie Weston Makeup

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Fearjunkie More than 1 year ago
What an incredible viewing experience this film is! Created by Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), this movie grabs you and sucks you in from the very start. Reality takes a back seat to fantasy in this adventure story, but only in the best sense of the phrase, and one quickly becomes completely immersed in it. Starring John Neville as the Baron, he leads the viewer through vignette after vignette, slowly adding characters and building the astonishing tale to a truly miraculous climax! Cameos from Robin Williams,Uma Thurman and others only add to the spectacle and the casting as a whole is nearly perfect throughout. While this is not exactly a children's tale due to some risque imagery, this film should appeal to anyone from 16 and up, as long as they have an open mind and are willing to suspend their disbelief long enough to enjoy an exceptional motion picture.
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Hillarious. Any M Python fan will love this movie. Creative, adventurous, I laughed all the way through it.
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen must be the worst film ever to disgrace itself upon teh silver screen. The plot is meaningless, the dialogue futile, and the acting nonexistant. Disgusting...