The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Poster

Release Date: March 11th, 1996

DVD Release Date: April 27th, 1999

PG|2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary
During the "Age of Reason" of the late 18th century, the Turkish army lays siege to a European city where a theater production about the extraordinary heroics of famed German aristocrat Baron Münchhausen is underway. A man steps forward to object that the performance is full of inaccuracies, claiming that he is the real Baron Münchhausen (John Neville). When the Turkish army approaches with gunfire, the baron undertakes his latest adventure with his promise to defend the city.

Cast: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Charles McKeown, Winston Dennis, Jack Purvis, Valentina Cortese

Director: Terry Gilliam

Genres: Fantasy

Production Co: Allied Filmmakers, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Death, Quest, Spirited, Amusing, Sacrifice, Playful, Charming

Ratings & Reviews

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  • I was confused sometimes during Baron Munchausen and bored sometimes, but this is a vast and commodious work, and even allowing for the unsuccessful passages there is a lot here to treasure. show more

  • Aided by the luscious cinematography of Giuseppe Rotunno (one of Fellini's favorites) and the illustrious production design of Dante Ferretti, Gilliam has clearly won this round to preserve magic and wonder on the screen. [8 Mar 1989, p.E1]

  • I felt much the same way as I sat goggle-eyed through this endless extravaganza of visual abracadabra. It seemed entirely possible that I might die of the fidgets or old age while waiting for Baron Munchausen to kill the Turks. And yet I found myself wanting to see the end of the movie before I expired. [9 Mar 1989, p.1]

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Winner Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
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Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
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Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
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