Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Director: Arthur Hiller Cast: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco
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Man of La Mancha 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing 1972 film production of Man of La Mancha. I love this music. I just saw it live and I fell in love with the characters. This story is outstandingly beautiful. Peter O'Toole makes a fine verison of Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana. Its beautiful. There are some songs I really enjoy during this film. One would be "Golden Helmet of Mambrino" and the other "Little Bird, Little Bird." This is an outstanding show. Wish I could have seen it with Brian Stokes Mitchell. But Couldn't. Aw well. Theres always next time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is trully one of my favorite musicals ever.I find that the songs sung in it are full of great emotion and help to capture the story's message of the life of a truly unique individual who chose to see a different world other than the bleak one that reality presented to him. A magnificient movie musical with a moving message.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren dared to dream the impossible dream with this musical film version of 'Man of La Mancha'. Don Quixote set to music must have seemed like a good idea to director, Arthur Hiller at the time, but on screen it's about as painfully shocking as seeing one¿s own mother drunk. Quixote (O'Toole) is a crazy nobleman who is an embarrassment to his respectable family. Together, with faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his 'lady' (Sophia Loren), who is actually the town trollop. The songs, including 'Impossible Dream' had their merits steeped in the theatricality of Broadway. But on screen - and sung by actors to whom the concept of melody is clearly as foreign as the subject matter - we get a cackling of melodies that is genuinely painful on the ears. All this would be forgivable if the production values didn't herald the coming of some lavish masterpiece that, sadly, vaporizes the moment any of the principles open their mouths. Such a waste of money and talent is malicious, but unfortunately was quite common in musical undertakings from this vintage. Presumably because this film didn't get that much play time in theaters, the DVD picture exhibits striking image quality. Colors are rich, bold and vibrant. Black levels are solid. Fine details are fully realized. There are NO age related artifacts. Digital anomalies; edge enhancement, pixelization, shimmering of fine details, are rarely present for a smooth visual presentation. The audio is 5.1, made all the more strident and shrill by the deplorable lack of musical talent belting out some truly horrific tunes. Extras include a photo montage - as if reliving the film experience wasn't scary enough. Though the transfer is stunning, the film is a disaster. Like 'One From The Heart', 'Man of La Mancha' is a misguided attempt to capture the magic of musicals of old. It fails miserably on all levels as entertainment and isn't recommended for anyone who isn't tone deaf!