The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

DVD - 2019
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Toby is a disillusioned director, currently heading commericals, who becomes pulled into a world of fantasy and memory when he's reunited with a Spanish cobbler he cast as Don Quixote in a student film years earlier. The old man now believes himself to be the legendary character, and Toby to be Sancho Panza, who must play along with the delusion as he also attempts to fulfill his professional duties and rescue a young woman who believed his seductive words in the past.
Publisher: New York, NY : Screen Media Films, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019, 2017
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,2.0 stereo,Dolby digital
anamorphic widescreen (2.40:1)
DVD-video,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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CadenceSF
Oct 13, 2019

I love Monty Python, but I had a hard time following this movie. What stood out was a whiny yuppie (Adam Driver) and a fool (Jonathan Pryce) all characters seemed to be under some strange spell.

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Hopalong_Kid
Sep 30, 2019

Great movie. If anyone could make a modern film about what seems to have been going on in Cervantes' head, Terry Gilliam did with this one.

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jpleser
Sep 29, 2019

People tend to love or loathe Terry Gilliam films (as the polarized ratings below indicate).

Strangely, both my partner and I had a "meh" reaction to this one. All the components were fantastic (acting, writing, locations, costume, and especially the music) but in the end it was weirdly affect-free.

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chapelkim
Sep 08, 2019

I found this film both interesting and complex. Anyone who enjoys Gilliam's style will appreciate the metaphorical composition. It was well worth the wait.

terry gilliam's best flick.

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Ephriam
Sep 05, 2019

Dreadfully boring and at times difficult to follow the persons fantasy.

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jimg2000
Sep 04, 2019

An "acid" journey to interesting locations around Spain conceived by the director/writer Terry Gilliam (Monty Python films, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King etc.) and bring to life the venerable character Don Quixote*** by esteemed actors. As expected, being a fantasy film, there are many far-fetched sequences of events. Hats off to the film makers who succeed to paint an early 1600's Quixote (Jonathan Pryce) and his modern day squire Sancho Panza (Adam Driver.)

***Definition of quixotic (Webster)
1 : foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
2 : capricious, unpredictable

And near the end of the current NYT's #1 non-fiction best seller "Educated" by Tara Westover describing her Quixote moment on page 300:

I remembered the words of Sancho Panza: An adventuring knight is someone who’s beaten and then finds himself emperor. When I reflect on that moment now, the image blurs, reconstituting itself into that of a zealous knight astride a steed, charging into an imaginary battle, striking at shadows, hacking into thin air. His jaw is set, his back straight. His eyes blaze with conviction, throwing sparks that burn where they lay.

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stevenlavigne1
Aug 28, 2019

This is positively dreadful. No wonder Terry Gilliam had so much trouble making it. This was first evidenced in his unwatchable documentary, Lost in La Mancha, which told the troubles about trying to make this film for 30 years. The final product ultimately proves that Don Quixote was never meant for anything but the printed page. The book is deeply philosophical and you can't put philosophy on stage or screen. The reason being that it becomes one persons' vision (actually, this is true about all adapted literature) and negates the thoughts and ideas the author intended. Look at the dreadful film made of Man of La Mancha or the TV production of Don Quixote with John Lithgow. The story simply doesn't adapt well. Want more proof? The one that Orson Welles tried to get funded. It, too, is unwatchable.

While there are good performances from Adam Driver, Jonathan Price and others, this is really a dreadful waste of time. Don't bother!

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amanoletters99
Aug 23, 2019

One of the more uneven films Terry Gilliam has made, which is unfortunate as the world could use a lesson in some chivalry right about now, no matter how misguided. After many failed attempts to adapt the story of Don Quixote, it probably would have been best if Terry just left this one and moved on, which is a shame because Johnathan Pryce does an excellent job here, and that's about the only highlight. If Adam Driver's character said the 'F' or 'S'-word one more time, I was going to jump into the screen and tell him to stop whining. Did I mention how great Jonathan Pryce is?

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bobbles1
Aug 23, 2019

Watched for a few minutes, but we were overcome with ennui as the f-bombs persisted in exploding on us and all around us, daisy cutters, 500-lbers, nuclear big boys, guided missiles, cluster bombs, f-mines, booby traps, the whole shooting match, aimed at our ears and our minds.....finally gave up the torture and hope the scars don't last for long.....

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