- Save 5% each on Qualifying items offered by 5A/30 Entertainment when you purchase 1 or more. Here's how (restrictions apply)
Compare Offers on Amazon
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Frequently Bought Together
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Director Terry Gilliam (Brazil) and an all-star cast including John Neville, Eric Idle, Oliver Reed and Uma Thurman deliver this tale of the enchanting adventures of Baron von Munchausen on his journey to save a town from defeat. 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.
Monty Python's Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) directs this wild, wild version of the stories of Baron Munchausen, pushing the limits of 1989 special effects technology to bring us such sights as a horse divided in half and running around in two parts, and a giant Robin Williams with his head flying off his shoulders. Basically, this is a treat for Gilliam fans, as the sustaining idea of the film runs out of steam, and manic energy alone keeps the momentum going. Casual viewers might find it tedious after awhile. There are nice parts for fellow Python Eric Idle, as well as Sting, Alison Steadman, and Uma Thurman as a dazzlingly beautiful Venus on a half-shell. Gilliam had greater artistic and commercial success with Brazil, The Fisher King, and 12 Monkeys. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The story itself, adapted from the original book, is a fantasy but one that poses the question as to what is truly more valuable in life; imagination or reason. Nothing could be more appropos for, or truly representative of, Terry Gilliam than this very question. And of course, in the end, it is the imagination and it's far reacing synchronicties and limitlessness that wins the day.
A coherent story that soon opens itself up to work on many many layers develops and for a while seems like a series of shorter ones segue-ing into each other, blurs the boundaries between fantasy and "so called reality". The most moving aspect of which is the Baron's faith that all will be well in the end, despite the constant presence of Death itself, Armies of The Turk, hateful and blinkered magistrates and the dark side of reason ... DOUBT.
There are truly magical appearances throughout. Robin Williams puts in one of my favourite performances of all his work as Ray D. Tutto, a play on Rei de Tutto, or "The King of Everything". He is actually The King of the Moon but his head keeps spinning off in an attempt to split itself away from the body, which disgusts him with all it's physcial crudity and base desires.Read more ›
Ah well. This is one fantastic film. Baron Von Munchausen, historically real and mythologised, was/is the world's greatest liar. So, the story opens with a theatrical cast in a dilapidated theater, in the midst of war and shelling, putting on a play about the life of the baron. The real Baron walks into the theater, and tries to set the story straight. Then he, in his explanation of the reality as he sees it, illustrates for us, in real life, what was portrayed on stage, but on a much grander scale, to most magnificent effect; not to mention the added adventures that are woven-in.
I first saw this piece on video in the mid nineties. Now, post September 11th horrors and excess, the story has added resonance. The antagonists of the story are bureaucrats who believe they represent the fullest expression of Reason in life and government. They have everything compartmentalized practically and rationally, including the days on which they can shoot at the enemy, and the enemy at them. And they can't accept that the war eventually has been won. "Don't open the gates!"
And then there is the fantasy: A balloon made of ladie's silken underwear, a flight to the moon. The king and queen of the moon (the king is Robin Williams) with their detachable heads to pursue intellectual pursuits while their bodies... A sea monster... the spectre of death...
The story is well told, the cinematography beautiful, the dialogue witty and compelling.Read more ›
The over-arching theme is the dichotomy between reason and logic on one hand and emotion and faith on the other. The villain of the film is a heartless government official, a Mr. Jackson, played by Jonathan Pryce (complementing his role as the government's victim in Brazil) who claims to be motivated entirely by logic and reason, but is engaged in a perfectly idiotic war. One thing that the film doesn't really make clear is that reason can be (and really must be) animated by imagination. Mr. Jackson has no imagination whatsoever and therefore operates according to a very base form of "reason".
The Baron is the personification of emotion and faith and he is quite literally animated by imagination. The more completely that the little girl Sally believes in the Baron, the younger and more vigorous he gets. Sally must also at one point get the Baron to keep believing in himself. Gilliam seems to be saying that our own imagination is capable of testing our faith in itself.
Sally and the Baron's adventures involve a trek in four stages, each of which is themed by one of the four elements of the ancient Greeks: air, earth, fire and water. To begin with the Baron makes his escape from the beseiged city in a hot AIR balloon improbably made of ladies underwear. He then flies up above the clouds through the AIR to the moon. The EARTHy part (in both literal and figurative senses) of the quest takes place on the Moon, which is pretty good joke in itself. They descend from the Moon into a volcano, which of course involves a lot of FIRE.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
it's a great film, very entertaining , good story,you'll want to watch over again many times...highly recommended...Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't feel like I have to go into the story of this movie as it is in many other reviews. I will say that it is one of my favourite films. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eddy B
More than just another effort from former "Python" member Terry Gilliam, this film is a masterpiece of set design, costuming, practical effects (as opposed to "special" or CGI... Read morePublished on June 9 2010 by Hale & Hardy
See the lovely Uma Thurman years before this "kill bill" nonsense!Published on May 5 2004 by Ben W.
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Action & Adventure > Comic Action
- Movies & TV > Art House & International > By Country > British Cinema > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Art House & International > By Country > British Cinema > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Art House & International > By Country > Germany
- Movies & TV > Comedy > British
- Movies & TV > Comedy > Comedy Directors > Terry Gilliam
- Movies & TV > Drama
- Movies & TV > Kids & Family > 10-12 Years > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Kids & Family > 7-9 Years > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Kids & Family > Adapted from Books
- Movies & TV > Kids & Family > Family Films
- Movies & TV > Kids & Family > Fantasy
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fantasy Adventures
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction