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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

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United Kingdom, West Germany · 1988
Rated PG · 2h 6m
Director Terry Gilliam
Starring John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Family

Being swallowed by a giant sea monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and many escapes from the Grim Reaper: nothing is too bizarre or dangerous for famed aristocrat Baron von Munchausen to handle! This surreal and enchanting film follows the Baron on all these adventures and more as he steps in to save a town from being destroyed by a Turkish military siege.

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Empire by

Weird to the Gilliamth degree, Munchausen just might making being an 'uneven' movie a compliment.


Chicago Tribune by Allison Benedikt

Munchausen is indeed a beautiful, burgeoning, madly voluptuous movie from minute to minute and image to image; it's in the aggregate that the film fails to find the weight and the rhythm it needs to truly enthrall. [10 Mar 1989, p.A]


Washington Post by Hal Hinson

Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a wondrous feat of imagination. In terms of sheer inventiveness, it makes the other movies around these days look paltry and underfed. The worlds Gilliam has created here are like the ones he created in his animations for Monty Python -- they have a majestic peculiarity. And you're constantly amazed by the freshness and eccentricity of what is pushed in front of your eyes.


Boston Globe by Joan Anderman

Gilliam has a vision and a viewpoint, and he puts it on screen with an extravagance, a humanistic generosity and a visual imagination that make it a standout in 1989's virtual cinematic vacuum. [10 Mar 1989, p.32]


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Terry Gilliam's third fantasy feature (1989) may not achieve all it reaches for, but it goes beyond Time Bandits and Brazil in its play with space and time, and as a children's picture offers a fresh and exciting alternative to the Disney stranglehold on the market.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

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.


The New York Times by Vincent Canby

With their remarkable contributions, ''Baron Munchausen'' is full of moments that dazzle, just for the fun of seeing the impossible come to life on the screen. What the Folies-Bergere once was for the foot-weary tourist, ''Baron Munchausen'' is for the television-exhausted child. Nothing much happens, but you can't easily tear your eyes away from it.

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