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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Director Terry Gilliam adroitly applies his Terry Gilliam 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 10, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kent Houston Best Visual Effects 1989 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Pam Meager Best Makeup 1990 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dante Ferretti Best Production Design 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dante Ferretti Best Art Direction 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fabrizio Sforza Best Makeup 1989 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fabrizio Sforza Best Makeup 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francesca Lo Schiavo Best Art Direction 1989 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Gabriella Pescucci Best Costume Design 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gabriella Pescucci Best Costume Design 1989 Nominee

Cast

John Neville
as Baron Munchausen
Sarah Polley
as Sally
Eric Idle
as Berthold
Uma Thurman
as Venus/Rose
Jonathan Pryce
as Horatio Jackson
Oliver Reed
as Vulcan
Charles McKeown
as Rupert/Adolphus
Sting
as Heroic Officer
Winston Dennis
as Bill Albrecht
Robin Williams
as King of the Moon
Jack Purvis
as Jeremy
Jack Purvis
as Gustavus
Valentina Cortese
as Queen Ariadne/Violet
Bill Paterson
as Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey
as The Sultan
Alison Steadman
as Daisy
Ray Cooper
as Functionary
Andrew Maclachlan
as Colonel
Mohamed Salem Badr
as Executioner
Kiran Shah
as Executioner's Assistant
Ettore Martini
as First General
Jose Lifante
as Dr. Death
Don Henderson
as Commander
Franco Adducci
as Treasurer

Crew

Terry Gilliam
Director
Thomas Schühly
Producer
Terry Gilliam
Screenwriter
Charles McKeown
Screenwriter
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Michael Kamen
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Hollywood
Editor
Dante Ferretti
Production Designer
Massimo Razzi
Art Director
Maria Teresa Barbasso
Art Director
Ray Cooper
Co-producer
Stratton Leopold
Supervising Producer
Jake Eberts
Executive Producer
Francesca Lo Schiavo
Set Designer
Gabriella Pescucci
Costume Designer
Michele Soavi
First Assistant Director
Lee Cleary
First Assistant Director
Giorgio Rossi
Choreography
Margery Simkin
Casting
Irene Lamb
Casting
David Tomblin
Line Producer
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