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Plot, Details & Awards

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen

PG In Theaters 03/11/1996 , 127min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Francesca Lo Schiavo Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Fabrizio Sforza Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Richard Conway Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Kent Houston Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Gabriella Pescucci Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Maggie Weston Nominated
1989 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Dante Ferretti Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Dante Ferretti Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup Fabrizio Sforza Won
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Gabriella Pescucci Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup Pam Meager Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Dante Ferretti Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup Fabrizio Sforza Won
1989 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Gabriella Pescucci Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup Pam Meager Won

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