Man of La Mancha


Man of La Mancha

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Movie Info

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).

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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
Rosalie Crutchley
as Housekeeper
Marne Maitland
as Captain of the Guard
Dorothy Sinclair
as Maria/Innkeeper's Wife
Dominic Barto
as Muleteer
Peppi Borza
as Muleteer
Mario Donen
as Muleteer
Teddy Green
as Muleteer
Roy Jones
as Muleteer
Connel Miles
as Muleteer
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Critic Reviews for Man of La Mancha

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

  • Here's a musical that's supposed to be some kind of affirmation of human hope, and all it really does is encourage whistling in the dark. What's worse, it does so with words and ideas that would embarrass a Dale Carnegie instructor.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • For the most part [Peter O'Toole] and Sophia Loren as Dulcinea fight the unwinnable fight against the assassins of Cervantes's reputation.

    Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Hugely disappointing musical, far inferior to stage version.

    Dec 11, 2005 | Rating: 1/5
  • True to the spirit of Cervantes? Perhaps not. A delightful musical? Definitely.

    Sep 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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

    Apr 26, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • Richly entertaining adaptation of the popular Cervantes-inspired musical.

    Apr 20, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5

Audience Reviews for Man of La Mancha

  • Oct 04, 2010
    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
    Tom E Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2009
    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 <I>Don Quixote</I> 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 (<I>The Impossible Dream</I>), 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.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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