The Adventures of Baron MunchausenMarch 10, 1989
An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits.
Release Year: 1988
Rating: 7.0/10 (23,879 voted)
Critic's Score: 69/100
Stars: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley
The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures.
Writers: Charles McKeown, Terry Gilliam
Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen
The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
A true story. We've got the film to prove it.
Release Date: 10 March 1989
Filming Locations: Almería, Andalucía, Spain
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $597,400
(10 March 1989)
Did You Know?
Robin Williams played the King of the Moon. The credits list "Ray D. Tutto". This is the English transliteration of the Italian phrase "Re di Tutto", which means "King of Everything", which was how the King of the Moon introduces himself to the Baron. Robin Williams performed the part as soon as he arrived in England after a transatlantic flight.
A sousaphone is used in the victory celebration honoring the Baron. The sousaphone, however, was invented in 1908.
I'm Baron Munchausen!
That sounds nasty. Is it contagious?
The King Of The Moon, and other wild things
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is one of those films that you
either love or hate. You may hate it because the inner child in you has
not been released. You may love it because the inner child in you have
full reign and want a wonderful fairy tale. This film has all the
elements, flying ships (A balloon made of ladies knickers), monsters (A
gigantic whale that looks like an island), and a little girl observing
all the fantastical adventures. A city is under siege and a theater
troupe is trying to perform a play during all of this. In comes an
elderly man (The wonderful John Neville)who claims that the troupe has
it all wrong and that he, himself, is the real Baron and wants to tell
the story straight. From there, his adventure really takes off. He and
Sally (The cute as a button Sarah Polley)go off in search of his
friends to help save the city: Berthold (Clever Eric Idle), the fastest
man around; Albrecht, the strongest man in the world; Adolphus, the man
with the sharpest sight around and Gustavus, the man with the keen
hearing and breath that can blow elephants off their feet. The gangs
adventures bring them to the Moon, where the King (Wild as ever Robin
Williams)has trouble holding on to his head, to the Underworld, where
Venus (Beautiful Uma Thurman)drives her hubby Vulcan (The wonderful
Oliver Reed) insane with jealousy. The story and the visuals
(Especially the Moon) are beautiful and the ending is interesting. You
get so caught up in the story that the viewer gets lost in what is real
and what is not. Great for teens and up. Kids may get scared at some of