Man of La Mancha (1973)

Man of La Mancha (1973)




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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).
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Peter O'Toole
as Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana
Sophia Loren
as Dulcinea/Aldonza
James Coco
as Sancho Panza
Harry Andrews
as Governor/Innkeeper
John Castle
as Duke/Dr. Carrasco/Black Knight
Julie Gregg
as Antonia
Gino Conforti
as Barber
Rosalie Crutchley
as Housekeeper
Marne Maitland
as Captain of the Guard
Dorothy Sinclair
as Maria/Innkeeper's Wife
Miriam Acevedo
as Fermina
Dominic Barto
as Muleteer
Poldo Bendandi
as Muleteer
Peppi Borza
as Muleteer
Mario Donen
as Muleteer
Teddy Green
as Muleteer
Peter Johnston
as Muleteer
Roy Jones
as Muleteer
Connel Miles
as Muleteer
Rolando DeSantis
as Muleteers
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Critic Reviews for Man of La Mancha

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Hugely disappointing musical, far inferior to stage version.

December 11, 2005

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

September 5, 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

Richly entertaining adaptation of the popular Cervantes-inspired musical.

April 19, 2004
Film Threat

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June 30, 2005

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May 6, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Man of La Mancha


72% Peter O' Toole was perfect as the gangly Don Quixote, didn't care to much for the songs though.

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

Don Quixote (Peter O'Toole) is a 17th century country gentleman who, after reading far too many adventure novels, plunges into a fantasy world where he is a gallant and noble knight. Accompanied by Sancho Panza (James Coco), Quixote seeks righteous battle in the name of his "fair Dulcinea" (Sophia Loren). Miguel de Cervantes' timeless novel is, in this film, transferred to a musical format and is framed around Cervantes' alleged difficulties with The Spanish Inquisition. It boasts a fine cast, memorable songs, affecting photography, and stirring direction. It is an excellent variation on Cervantes' crazed protagonist, a figure that is as sympathetic as he is immortal.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

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

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