The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Year:
Duration:
126 min
Genres:
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
IMDB rate:
7.2
Director:
Terry Gilliam
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 1989-03-10
Filming Locations: Almería, Andalucía, Spain
Earnings
Budget: $46,630,000
Opening Weekend: $597,400 (USA) (10 March 1989)
Gross: $8,083,123 (USA)€1,264,803 (Spain)
Cast
Actor
Character
Oliver Reed
Oliver Reed
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
John Neville
Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen
Eric Idle
Desmond
Sarah Polley
Sally Salt
Charles McKeown
Rupert /
Winston Dennis
Bill /
Jack Purvis
Jeremy /
Valentina Cortese
Queen Ariadne
Jonathan Pryce
The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
Bill Paterson
Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey
Sultan
Alison Steadman
Daisy
Ray Cooper
Functionary
Don Henderson
Commander
Robin Williams
King of the Moon
Sting
Heroic Officer
Andrew MacLachlan
Colonel (as Andrew Maclachlan)
José Lifante
Dr. Death (as Jose Lifante)
Mohamed Badrsalem
Executioner
Kiran Shah
Executioner's Assistant
Franco Adducci
Treasurer
Ettore Martini
First General
Antonio Pistillo
Second General
Michael Polley
Gunner
Tony Smart
Gunner
Laura D'Arista
Theater-goer (uncredited)
Terry Gilliam
Irritating Singer Inside Fish (uncredited)
Balbino Lacosta
(uncredited)
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Trivia
Michael Palin was originally cast as the Prime Minister of the Moon but the character was written out of the film. As a consolation Terry Gilliam offered him a cameo role as a man who dies while singing a song, but Palin declined. Gilliam took the cameo role himself.
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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.
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On the first day of shooting in Almeria, Spain, Terry Gilliam managed to get 24 seconds of footage in the can. He was hampered by gusting winds and the fact that the costumes sent over from Rome were held up at the airport due to Spanish custom workers being on strike. He managed to secure 35 seconds of footage on the second day.
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Goofs
The lenses on Adolphus' glasses swap position just after the Baron manages to save them from the giant fish. Once they're ashore again, the lenses are back in their original position.
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As the ship moves across the sand after the storm, the shadow of the wire that is used to drag the boat can been seen on the sand in front of it.
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When the flying servants are dressing Venus, one of them has a visible wire.
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Quotes
Venus: I am a goddess! I can do what I like!
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Baron Munchausen: Where exactly is Roger?
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Horatio Jackson: We've discussed it. *You* surrender.
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Faq
Q
What kind of dog is the Baron's dog?
A
It's a wire-haired lurcher.
Q
Is this film a part of a trilogy by Terry Gilliam?
A
"I think the idea behind the trilogy is the three ages of man: Time Bandits - adolescence, Brazil - Middle Age, Munchausen - old age. Not too sure if Gilliam intended that, but with everything else about the man, I wouldn't be surprised." [Source of quotation unknown]
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Photos from cast
Uma Thurman Oliver Reed