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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 withBrazil,The Fisher King, and12 Monkeys.--Tom Keogh
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CastJohn Neville, Uma Thurman, Jonathan Pryce, Robin Williams, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed
DirectorTerry Gilliam
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  1988
Screen WriterCharles McKeown, Terry Gilliam
DVD Release Date:  April 27, 1999
Runtime:  126 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures
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review by . December 22, 2005
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The best fairy tales have as many -- if not even more -- lessons for adults as they do for kids. "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," directed by former Monty Pythonite Terry Gilliam, is a great example of this.    Mining a rarely tapped vein of German fantasy lore, the movie brings to life its unlikely hero in the form of a middle-aged, at times elderly, German nobleman. Munchausen wanders the world -- and occasionally places above and below -- seeking outrageous adventures …
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