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The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen (2008)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terry Gilliam ... Himself - Director & Writer
Charles McKeown ... Himself - Co-Writer & 'Adolphus'
Jonathan Pryce ... Himself / Horatio Jackson
Eric Idle ... Himself - 'Berthold'
Thomas Schühly Thomas Schühly ... Himself - Producer (as Thomas Schuhly)
Steve Abbott Steve Abbott ... Himself - Executive Producer, Prominent Features
David V. Picker ... Himself - Former President, Columbia Pictures (as David Picker)
Richard Soames Richard Soames ... Himself - President, Film Finances
Dante Ferretti ... Himself - Production Designer
Lee Cleary Lee Cleary ... Himself - First Assistant Director
John Neville ... Himself - 'Baron Munchausen'
Margery Simkin Margery Simkin ... Herself - US Casting Director
Sarah Polley ... Herself - 'Sally Salt'
Bill Paterson ... Himself - 'Henry Salt'
Robin Williams ... Himself


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Release Date:

10 April 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Wahnsinn und Missgeschick bei der Produktion 'Münchhausen' See more »

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New Wave Entertainment See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This "Making Of" is divided into three parts on the DVD. The separate parts are entitled "F(l)ights of Fancy", "Caught in the Act" and "The Final Curtain". See more »


References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Okay doc, but gets dull at times.
5 April 2015 | by bazmitch23See all my reviews

We don't really learn much about the making of the film, just about what went wrong.

Thomas Schuhly is such an unlikable prick. He was the main reason why the film went through a nightmarish production. He wouldn't get along with the English crew, according to Terry Gilliam.

Why wouldn't the German Schuhly get along with the English crew:

Well in Thomas' words:

"I became the bad guy. Because I am German and I have to play this game."


He's just so snooty and self righteous. I know that the stereotype for movie producers is that they're a******s. And the truth is not very far from the fiction. Take a look at Michael Bay.

Eric Idle said that going to boarding school and the filming of this movie were traumatic experiences.

Sarah Polley said that she was afraid every day and didn't care much if the film got made or not. "I just really wanted to go home." Poor thing was 8 when this film was made.

The rest of the crew talk about the nightmare of working with Schuhly. He refused to sign forms. And when he did finally sign them, he tippexed all the dates out.

A plane that had all the costumes to go to the location at Spain was stuck at an airport due to strike. The costumes needed to be there in time for the day of filming.

Michael Palin was going to play the King of the Moon, but Eric Idle suggested Robin Walliams. RIP, mate.

They mention that despite all the arguments and chaos, the filmmakers couldn't believe how well the film turned out.

Terry explains that the film's failure at the box office is the perfect ending to this terrible production.

"The film went through a nightmare and it crashed at the box office."

But despite the nightmare of filming this movie, it has found it's audience and is considered to be one of Terry's best right next to Brazil, Time Bandits and Twelve Monkeys.

At the end of the doc, you feel happy that the cast and crew finally got their film made, despite going through HELL to get it made.

An average doc, if you're expecting to hear any behind the scenes info, you won't find it here.

But then the chaotic production is the making of this film.

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