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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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Storyline

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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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras del barón Munchausen  »

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Budget:

$46,630,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,083,123 (USA)
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The character names Gustavus and Adolphus, when put together, form the name of Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota. Terry Gilliam is from nearby Minneapolis. See more »

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Quotes

[repeated line]
Baron Munchausen: I have learned from experience that a modicum of snuff can be most efficacious.
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Are stories real? They are certainly powerful...
26 January 1999 | by (www.deppfriedhappymice.com) – See all my reviews

A magical film about the power and importance of story telling and imagination. The creation of the ever fecund mind of Terry Gilliam, this may very well be my favorite movie (ah, but it is so very hard to choose). Filled with a spirit of adventure, and a deftness far too rare these days, it is the delightful tale of the adventurous life of Baron Munchausen. He is a hero of the grand old sort, a kind of 17th century James Bond.

Baron Munchausen has a knowledge of fine wines, is popular with the ladies, and is the finest soldier in the kingdom. He has a band of sidekicks (the fastest man, the strongest, one with amazing sight, another with amazing lungs and hearing) who assist him in fighting the Turks; traveling to meet the King of the Moon; falling into the center of the earth to meet Vulcan and Aphrodite; and playing cards with the Grim reaper, after being swallowed by an enormous monster-fish the size of an island.

Along the way Gilliam's wit skewers rationalism, science, realism, practicality and pragmatics. As much an explication of faith as a depiction of what makes life truly worth living, and what is worth dying for, I rent this again and again. It is only my own foolishness that has prevented me from purchasing a copy. Literally wonderful.

Watch for fabulous cameos from a whole host of unexpected people, including Robin Williams and Sting.


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