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THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN

Director Terry Gilliam
Year 1988
Starring John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley
Rating PG
Run Time 126min
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18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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A true story. We've got the film to prove it.

It’s no secret that Terry Gilliam and movie studios don't get along, but no Gilliam movie has more misconceptions about it than THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN.

Gilliam was caught up in a studio shuffle that saw one head leaving and a new regime taking over. When MUNCHAUSEN finally wrapped, the new powers-that-be simply dumped this film out with so few prints that it was destined to be a financial flop. As a result, public perception was that this was a terrible movie, when, in reality, it's a multi-Oscar nominated film that was released to reviews that didn’t match its financial failure.

Amid a war-torn city being invaded by the Turks, a theatrical production of Baron Munchausen is soon interrupted the REAL Baron Munchausen, who recounts the tale of what really happened. What follows is a revisionist view of the enchanting adventures of Baron von Munchausen on his journey to save a town from defeat.

Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, falling through the center of the Earth, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus, and an escape from the Grim Reaper are all just a few events of his spectacular life. This movie pushed the visual effects envelope in 1988 and blows away anything you'll see even today.

Gilliam's use of practical effects will make you believe a horse can still run in two halves, John Neville can fly if he holds onto a cannonball tightly enough, and Robin Williams can dislocate his head at the neck.

This film was over budget, over indulged, completely remarkable, unbelievable, impossible...and true. (Greg MacLennan)

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