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Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha (1972)


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This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza).

May 11, 2004

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Hugely disappointing musical, far inferior to stage version.

December 11, 2005

True to the spirit of Cervantes? Perhaps not. A delightful musical? Definitely.

September 6, 2005

The translation from theatrical musical to movie musical doesn't get much more disastrous than in Man of La Mancha, a cheap, muddled, and badly put-together debacle

April 26, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Richly entertaining adaptation of the popular Cervantes-inspired musical.

April 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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I saw the play in 1969, and heard the soundtrack for the movie and thought it was horrible -- Peter O'Toole couldn't carry a note in a bucket, and Sophia Loren was just windo-dressing -- So I watched the movie on TV today (Oct 4, 2010) -- All I said above, I retract -- the movie made me cry as much as the play did -- My all time fav song is still "The Impossible Dream" -- So I repent of my cynicism of the past and really LIKE the movie! ENJOY -- Tom
October 4, 2010
Tom Ericksen

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Imprisoned, awaiting a hearing before the Spanish Inquisition on a trumped-up charge of heresy, Miguel de Cervantes is put on trial by his fellow prisoners, who threaten to destroy the unfinished manuscript of Don Quixote unless he can prove to them it is worth saving. Cervantes stages an enactment of the novel as his defence, with himself as the knight errant, his manservant as Sancho Panza and the other inmates taking the supporting roles.

To be honest, I was expecting to hate this film and I was pleasantly surprised by it. It's worth seeing for Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren's performances alone. Contrary to a lot of negative criticism I've read about Loren's poor singing, I think her limited ability suits her character perfectly well, and O'Toole lip-syncs his vocal stand-in so enthusiastically, I couldn't be certain he hadn't performed his own songs until I checked afterwards. That said, apart from the overused showstopper (The Impossible Dream), the songs are instantly forgettable. As with a lot of international co-productions, the conflicting accents of the cosmopolitan cast are a constant source of distraction.
May 24, 2009

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