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Lost in La Mancha (2002)

Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

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Tony Grisoni ...
Himself - Co-Writer
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Himself - First Assistant Director (as Phil Patterson)
René Cleitman ...
Himself - Producer
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Himself - Writer & Director
Nicola Pecorini ...
Himself - Director of Photography
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Himself - Line Producer
Bárbara Pérez-Solero ...
Herself - Ass't. Set Decorator
Benjamín Fernández ...
Himself - Production Designer (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Andrea Calderwood ...
Herself - Former Head of Production, Pathé
Ray Cooper ...
Himself - Longtime Gilliam Colleague
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Herself - Costume Designer
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Himself - Co-Costume Designer
Bernard Bouix ...
Himself - Executive Producer
Fred Millstein ...
Himself - Completion Guarantor
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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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2 August 2002 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend:

£42,824 (UK) (2 August 2002)

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$34,514 (USA) (20 June 2003)
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On June 4, 2017, Terry Gilliam announced that production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote had finally wrapped. A few days later, he posted on Facebook that he had accidentally deleted the film. See more »

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Investor: For the record, where is the Director of this Movie?
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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 »

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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #18.2 (2005) See more »

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brilliant and remarkable documentary
7 June 2006 | by (Spokane, WA United States) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of anything Don Quixote related I was thrilled to hear that Terry Gilliam was making a movie, especially when I found out that Johnny Depp was attached. I was somewhat puzzled when time went on and I heard nothing about the film. I don't even remember how I found out about the documentary but, though saddened that apparently the movie had fallen though, I was delighted to be able to have an opportunity to experience some movie making magic, Gilliam style.

I must say that upon watching the documentary I became saddened by the thought that this apparently delightful and amazing film would never be finished. Depp seems to be his same fabulous self and Rochefort as Quixote would have been delightful. The bits that we actually get to see of the movie are fun to watch. It is terrible that anyone would be plagued by such horrendous bad luck at the crew of this movie was.

For anyone who is a fan of Gilliam's work and is in anyway interested in the behind the scenes parts of the film industry, this is a very enlightening little film. It was interesting, even for someone not a part of the industry, to see the process and work involved.

My wish for Gilliam is that he will some day be able to make his spectacular movie. If I had the money I would gladly finance the effort myself. Huzzah, Terry! Keep up the good work, we wish you well.


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