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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  10 March 1989 (USA)
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An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Desmond / Berthold
Charles McKeown ...
Rupert / Adolphus
Winston Dennis ...
Bill / Albrecht
Jeremy / Gustavus
Queen Ariadne / Violet
Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey ...
Venus / Rose
Ray Cooper ...
Don Henderson ...


The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras del barón Munchausen  »

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$46,630,000 (estimated)


$8,083,123 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Munchausen Syndrome, a psychiatric disorder was named after Baron Munchausen. See more »


When the executioner is about to cut the Baron's head the second time the axe is facing the wrong side and suddenly it's on the right position in the close up. See more »


King of the Moon: I'm sorry. You must refer to me by my complete title: King of Everything. Rei di Tutto. But you may call me Ray.
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Man of the match David Tomblin. See more »


Version of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943) See more »


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Wonderful Nonsense (a forgotten classic?)
7 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A young Sarah Polly is swept on a grand storybook adventure when her father's theater is visited by the source of its drama; the real Baron himself (perfectly played by John Neville). The town is under siege by the Turks and only Munchausen and his band of curious adventurers can save it, so long as Death or a doctor doesn't catch him.

Terry Gilliam, having hit his stride with the 1984-and-a-half classic Brazil, went on to fulfill his ultimate fantasy film with a great cast of actors (Jonathan Price included), beautifully detailed sets and costumes, and a very strange yarn of a tale indeed. Bit parts are filled out by Robin Williams, the late Oliver Reed (seen most recently as Proximo in Gladiator) serving up a fiery Vulcan - husband to a young (not to mention stunning) Uma Thurman as Venus.

A great deal of the magic that sparkled in Brazil seems to have been rekindled here, and while it may have been panned at the time of its release, time has treated it well. The effects have that pre-cg feeling that makes me warm and fuzzy inside, and while its a little slow to get started, it surprises around every turn.

Fans of Gilliam's work (and those who still possess that curious inner child) will find much to enjoy here - even if it is nothing more than wonderful nonsense.

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