The Adventures of Baron MunchausenDirector: Terry Gilliam, John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley
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.
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- Sony Pictures
Cast & Crew
|John Neville||Baron Munchausen|
|Jonathan Pryce||Horatio Jackson|
|Robin Williams||King of the Moon|
|Valentina Cortese||Queen Ariadne/Violet|
|Winston Dennis||Bill Albrecht|
|Bill Paterson||Henry Salt|
|Peter Jeffrey||The Sultan|
|Mohamed Salem Badr||Executioner|
|Kiran Shah||Executioner's Assistant|
|Ettore Martini||First General|
|Jose Lifante||Dr. Death|
|Maria Teresa Barbasso||Art Director|
|Lee Cleary||Asst. Director|
|Richard Conway||Special Effects|
|Jake Eberts||Executive Producer|
|Dante Ferretti||Production Designer|
|Michael Kamen||Score Composer|
|Gabriella Pescucci||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Massimo Razzi||Art Director|
|Francesca Lo Schiavo||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michele Soavi||Asst. Director|
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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.
Hillarious. Any M Python fan will love this movie. Creative, adventurous, I laughed all the way through it.
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...