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Man of La Mancha

Peter O'Toole , Sophia Loren , Arthur Hiller    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing Quixote April 21 2004
Format:DVD
Let me say first that I fly in the face of almost all the reviews I have read. I love this film-the cast, the singing, the sets, in fact every aspect is a near-perfect rendering of the vision I have of Don Quixote. I have read the book but have not seen the musical. I have the feeling that many people will never read the book-it's almost 2000 pages long and rather intimidating to people who are not readers. Many people may also never have the opportunity to see the musical, and perhaps the art snots are right and the musical is far superior to the movie. However, the movie does something that the musical and the book don't do-it makes Don Quixote accessible to everyone. Watching Peter O'Toole is to understand how a man can go out and fight windmills. Seeing James Coco at his side is to glimpse the true nature of friendship, for both as Sancho and the stage manager, Coco displays true affection and loyalty to a man whose idealism gets his friends in tight spots. Perhaps the most compelling evidence I can offer as to the value of the film is this-I have a son who is dyslexic and although I have read many books to him (The Lord of the Rings, Huckleberry Finn, Watership Down, to name a few) I never read him Don Quixote. He didn't want to try reading such a big book, but I told him about Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and we talked about the importance of following your dreams and not letting the world dictate to you. Anyway, he was deployed recently and the night before he left we watched Man of La Mancha. After it was over, he said thank you to me for sharing it with him. I'm glad that he has a better understanding now of the word quixotism, because he has always been a person of high ideals with his own mind and I hope he always will be. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Lousy Story June 19 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
While I loved the music of this version of the classic by Miguel De Cervantes, I hated the story line because it is nothing like the author wrote. The author never was in trouble with the Spanish Inquistion. Quite to the contrary his book was reviewed, revered, and well recommended by the censors who could not get enough of this erstwhile mad knight! He did spend sometime in prison for alleged misappropriation of funds due to soldiers. There he wrote some but not all of Don Quixote. He also fought the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto and was maimed. These facts are never brought out in this musical or in the even worse screenplay: Don Quixote. He was captured in another battle and made a slave as O'Toole says in this musical, and it is perhaps there with failed ideals of the glory of war - got his inspiration for Don Quixote.
Again I say I loved the music as well as the acting. Peter O'Toole as Cervantes gave a fine performance as did Sophia Loren as Aldonza and James Coco as Sancho. However anyone who reads the book knows Aldonza actually existed only in the mind of Don Quixote, who was so humored by Sancho. Aldonza is not a real character in the book as this musical portrays.
I am disappointed with the way the musical was produced - half on some poor stage and half outside in some field. The scenery looks like some cheesey Hollywood backlot. The supporting cast members do a good job but the leave the viewer wanting for the developement given them in the novel. With and without the full story, much of the action looses the humor Cervantes had intended. For example Don Quixote did not just fight with windmills, but attacked two herds of sheep and shepherds thinking they were enemy invaders.
My best advice is to forget this movie and read the book!
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Format:VHS Tape
While I understand the spanish gentleman who wrote the first reviews comment about the film not being accurate I must say I find this musical one of the best I have ever watched. The essence of the film is best expressed in the words "The greatest madness of all is to see the world as it is and not as it should be". Thus the film illustrates that Don Quixote is the only sane man in a mad world. He alone sees the beautiful, noble, and serene qualities in everything. He is the last chivalrous and truly good man in a world that no longer has any place for nobility and chivalrous ideals. In this sense it is not important if the film is entirely accurate as Peter O'Toole is brilliant in portraying the haunted blue eyes of a man who will always be a knight in his soul. One has to be a romantic to appreciate this perhaps, but it is a great film. The reason for the story about Don Cervantes being arrested by the inqusition is in my opinion that the Author of the musical who must himself have felt kinship with Don Quixote would like to illustrate that Don Cervantes must have felt that kinship himself and probably possesed many of the same qualities. Regardless if one still wants to fight for what is true, good, and beautiful, this is a superb film about a man, whom if he had existed, I would have been hounoured to call my friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stage comes to life for the rest of us May 11 2004
By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Seems that Miguel de Cervantes (Peter O'Toole) was caught performing a politically unhealthy play during the time of the Spanish inquisition. So he gets tossed in a dungeon to await trial. There he is put on trial by the others also awaiting their trial. They threaten to burn his manuscript. He explains his story by putting on a play that involves the people listening. It is the story of Alonso Quijana who in a fever becomes a great knight (Don Quixote de la Mancha); he seeks adventure and the "impossible dream."
It is the nature of plays that when preformed one tries to get the best stage actors. In film they strive for the best know movie actors. This movie has accomplished the feat. Each actor brings the character that he/she is playing alive and just as in the movie when they transit from telling the story to being the story, we go from watching the movie to being the story. The music will stay with you long after the movie has finished.
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3.0 out of 5 stars La Mancha and Fantastics don't quick make the leap from stage to...
Of the two, La Mancha is definitely better.

La Mancha has a great cast, but something misses in the translation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cecil B
3.0 out of 5 stars Their Impossible Dream an Impossibility to Watch
Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren dared to dream the impossible dream with this musical film version of "Man of La Mancha". Read more
Published on March 5 2005 by Nix Pix
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film...one that should get more recognition!
This film is very beautiful, and has imporessed me with the song "Impossible dream". The film is well written, and I enjoyed Sophia Loren in it. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by 555
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Meaning
The acting and singing is not always that great in this film (though the songs are fun), but I love this musical. The whole plot and point of the movie is inspiring to me. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by J. L. Lankford
4.0 out of 5 stars DARE TO DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM!
Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren dared to dream the impossible dream with this musical film version of "Man of La Mancha". Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Nix Pix
5.0 out of 5 stars The Impossible Dream Lives
I have waited forever to see this show again! It has been an insparation to me through out my whole life. Read more
Published on May 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars CERVANTES AND DON QUIJOTE SIMPLY THE BEST!!!
THE GREATEST MUSICAL AND THE GREATEST NOVEL EVER WRITTEN! VIVA CERVANTES Y DON QUIJOTE!!!!!!!GET THIS DVD!!!!!!!!!
Published on Jan. 25 2004 by Alphonse Dattolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Only in the Movies
I've been a sucker for Peter O'Toole since the 1st time I saw Lawrence of Arabia. I never thought that I'd hear him sing! Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Great story, shame about the casting
Having seen Man of La Mancha on stage in an amateur production, and loving the music, I was very keen to see what I expected to be a very good movie, given the cast. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2002 by Stephen H
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't take it so literally!
Way too much negative talk about this film.
I like this film because it is optimistic. I don't care if it is good
or bad compared to the "La Mancha" Broadway... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001
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