THE ADVENTURES OF BARON
D: Terry Gilliam
Columbia/Allied/Prominent Features/Laura Film (Thomas
USA/Germany 🇺🇸🇩🇪 1988 (released 1989)
W: Charles McKeown & Terry Gilliam [based on the story
by Rudolph Erich Raspe]
DP: Giuseppe Rotunno
Ed: Peter Hollywood
Mus: Michael Kamen
PD: Dante Ferretti
Cos: Gabriella Pescucci
John Neville (Baron Munchausen), Sarah Polley (Sally
Salt), Eric Idle (Berthold / Desmond), Oliver Reed (Vulcan), Charles McKeown (Rupert / Adolphus), Winston Dennis (Bill / Albrecht), Jack Purvis (Jeremy / Gustavus), Valentina Cortese (Queen
Ariadne / Violet), Jonathan Pryce (The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson), Uma Thurman (Venus / Rose), Robin Williams (The King of the Moon)
The Bavarian adventures had been brought to the
screen previously, but none of the prior versions were quite as grandiose as this.
An 18th century German soldier tells exaggerated
stories of his escapades, including an on-going feud with The King of the Moon, and his conflict against the Ottoman Empire.
This movie was huge box-office flop, losing the
studio $38m, and it's quite clear to see that ex-Python Terry Gilliam spared no expense bringing this to the screen. The sad thing is, it's actually not that bad and the
production design, costumes, makeup and visual effects are all top notch. I can only assume that its place on the worst film of all time lists is purely down to the fact that it
couldn't find an audience during its cinema run. Gilliam's imagination is vivid and colourful, while the story makes a decent fairytale for older children and young adults, with a
sense of humour which should appease fans of Monty Python. Despite it lacking profitability, it was well received by critics in general, as well as the industry come awards season.
Sometimes audiences just aren't as appreciative as the filmmaker's wished they were.