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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.

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Desmond / Berthold
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Rupert / Adolphus
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Bill / Albrecht
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Jeremy / Gustavus
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Queen Ariadne / Violet
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Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey ...
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Venus / Rose
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Daisy
Ray Cooper ...
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Don Henderson ...
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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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baron | moon | escape | vulcan | turkish | See All (245) »

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las aventuras del barón Munchausen  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,630,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,083,123 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eric Idle called the production, "A truly horrible experience and even remembering it is a bit of a nightmare." He later said of the film, "Up until Munchausen, I'd always been very smart about Terry Gilliam films. You don't ever be in them. Go and see them by all means - but to be in them, fucking madness!!!" See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[after the King of the Moon's body crashes, his head flies free]
King of the Moon: I'm free! I'm free at last! The body is dead! The body is dead, long live the head, it's finished, finito, heh-heh! Bye, body! Ha-ha! I shall prove a head does not need a body to survive! I am omnipotent, ha-ha! Yes... OH! Oh no, I got an itch! Oh, no! Oh no, oh no... AH-CHOOOOO!
[the force of the sneeze rockets him backwards and out of sight]
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Crazy Credits

The King of The Moon - Ray D. Tutto (homonym of Italian re' di tutto=king of all). The actor's real name is Robin Williams. See more »

Connections

Referenced in In Confidence: Terry Gilliam (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Torturer's Apprentice
Music & Lyrics by Michael Kamen & Eric Idle
Used by the permission of K Man Corporation & Kay-Gee-Bee Music Limited
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Other people have seen it? And liked it?! I thought I was the only one...
24 September 2004 | by (Lynchburg, VA) – See all my reviews

I've only known one other person who has even heard of this movie(also the only other one who's heard of and liked Mel Brooks' the Twelve Chairs). This is certainly one of the most bizarre and unique movies I've ever seen but the more times I see it, the more I like it. Robin Williams and Eric Idle are great of course, but Neville does a good job too. The story is truly unique, leaving you wondering where fiction ends and reality begins. In fact, it's much like "Adaptation" in that respect, come to think of it. While not on par with Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this is a good piece of work. My advice: let your brain take a vacation for a couple of hours and just absorb it. You'll appreciate it better if you try not to make too much sense of it. If it really confuses you, read the book. Yes, there is a book and there really was a man who called himself Baron Munchausen. The book is called <u>The Adventures of Baron Munchausen</u> and the edition I had explained his whole story. Terry Gilliam did a great job of bringing this man to screen and I highly recommend it if you're tired of the usual Hollywood fluff.


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