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Lost in La Mancha (2002)

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Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

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Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Grisoni Tony Grisoni ... Himself - Co-Writer
Philip A. Patterson ... Himself - First Assistant Director (as Phil Patterson)
René Cleitman René Cleitman ... Himself - Producer
Terry Gilliam ... Himself - Writer & Director
Nicola Pecorini Nicola Pecorini ... Himself - Director of Photography
José Luis Escolar ... Himself - Line Producer
Bárbara Pérez-Solero Bárbara Pérez-Solero ... Herself - Ass't. Set Decorator
Benjamín Fernández Benjamín Fernández ... Himself - Production Designer (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Andrea Calderwood Andrea Calderwood ... Herself - Former Head of Production, Pathé
Ray Cooper Ray Cooper ... Himself - Longtime Gilliam Colleague
Gabriella Pescucci ... Herself - Costume Designer
Carlo Poggioli ... Himself - Co-Costume Designer
Bernard Bouix Bernard Bouix ... Himself - Executive Producer
Fred Millstein Fred Millstein ... Himself - Completion Guarantor
Jeff Bridges ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Director Terry Gilliam is the latest filmmaker to try and bring Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra's "Don Quixote de la Mancha" to the big screen, the movie to be called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Before filming even begins, Gilliam, who has moved from Hollywood studio to European financing, will have to scale back his vision as his budget has been slashed from $40 million to $32 million, still astronomical by European standards. But Gilliam is a dreamer, much like his title character, and his vision for the movie is uncompromising, meaning with the reduced budget that there is no margin for error and that some of his department heads may have to achieve miracles with their allotted moneys. During pre-production and actual filming, what Gilliam does not foresee is contractual and health issues with his actors, and the effects of Mother Nature. The question is does Gilliam have a Plan B if/when things go wrong. Written by Huggo

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They've got a story...but have lost the plot.

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Kihotis horis telos... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,303, 2 February 2003

Gross USA:

$732,393

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,407,019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fulton and Pepe intended to make a television documentary about the development and pre-production of Terry Gilliam's long-awaited passion project. They had no idea that the story would develop into its own quixotic tragedy. After the project failed, Fulton and Pepe were wary of finishing their film until Gilliam said "someone has to get a film out of this. I guess it's going to be you." See more »

Quotes

[watching a screen test of the giants - three hefty topless Spanish men running in slow motion]
Terry Gilliam: [giggling] That's the trailer for the film, right there. "Coming soon"!
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks to The Cast and Crew of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the U.S. home video version has a listed running time of 93 minutes, the version on the tape runs only 89 minutes. See more »

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This is one of the saddest, most painful films I've ever seen.
27 January 2004 | by die_hard_kavorkaSee all my reviews

I thought I had it bad on the set of my little student film in college.

Whew!

Watching this documentary was very difficult and very interesting at the same time. I enjoyed it, despite the tragedy that played out on the screen.

What makes the film so heartbreaking is that you know that the film will inevitably fail. So the entire movie-watching experience is steeped in dramatic irony. We, the viewers, know the outcome of this ill-fated film project known as "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." But the filmmakers themselves, at the time of the filming, obviously do not know that all their actions are essentially in vain.

A great film, and a powerful warning to those who thinking making movies is easy.


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