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Bursting with Terry Gilliam's typically imaginative flourishes, this story of a possibly deranged Baron recounting his storied life is a flamboyant and witty visual treat. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

John Neville
Baron Munchausen
Eric Idle
Desmond, Berthold
Sarah Polley
Sally Salt
Charles McKeown
Rupert, Adolphus
Winston Dennis
Bill, Albrecht
Jack Purvis
Jeremy, Gustavus
Valentina Cortese
Queen Ariadne, Violet
Jonathan Pryce
The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
Uma Thurman
Venus, Rose
Sting
Heroic Officer
Robin Williams
King of the Moon
Jake Eberts
Executive Producer
Eric Idle
Original Music
Michael Kamen
Original Music
Giuseppe Rotunno
Cinematographer
Peter Hollywood
Film Editor
Maria-Teresa Barbasso
Art Direction
Nazzareno Piana
Art Direction
Lee Cleary
First Assistant Director
John Cozzo
First Assistant Director
Luca Lachin
Assistant Director
Jose Luis Escolar
Assistant Director
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  • The sheer volume and invention of Gilliam's visual largess sets him apart, and his wit operates for the most part at a dangerously sophisticated level.

    November 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One of the most voluptuously beautiful films ever imagined, Munchausen naturally assumes that surrealism is preferable, that through make-believe we find the way to true beliefs.

    November 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A lavish fairy tale for bright children of all ages.

    November 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The king is completely out-of-control, and so was Gilliam in making this film. Neither has much of a sense of proportion, but both are hard to ignore.

    November 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There is much to see on this journey, all of it presented in the abundant, deep-focus detail that is Gilliam's visual trademark.

    November 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A fitting final installment in Terry Gilliam's trilogy begun with Time Bandits and continued with Brazil.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The sheer volume and invention of Gilliam's visual largess sets him apart, and his wit operates for the most part at a dangerously sophisticated level.

    November 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One of the most voluptuously beautiful films ever imagined, Munchausen naturally assumes that surrealism is preferable, that through make-believe we find the way to true beliefs.

    November 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A lavish fairy tale for bright children of all ages.

    November 15, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The king is completely out-of-control, and so was Gilliam in making this film. Neither has much of a sense of proportion, but both are hard to ignore.

    November 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a more family-friendly, comical, delirious take on Sinbad's swashbuckling exploits; a fusion of mythology, fairy tales (particularly Grimms'), history, and legends.

    August 31, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a fairy tale of large heart and limitless vision. Like its maker, it staunchly defies the exigencies of reason to pursue a bigger vision of imagination.

    November 12, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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