Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

Director: Arthur Hiller Cast: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco


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Dale Wasserman's long-running Broadway smash comes to the screen in this musical based on Miguel de Cervantes' classic satire Don Quixote de la Mancha. Cervantes (Peter O'Toole) is arrested and put in prison by the soldiers of the Spanish Inquisition after staging a comic performance which mocked the Spanish government. Cervantes' fellow inmates are eager to divvy up his belongings, but the author is desperate to save a manuscript of his latest work; in order to win the prisoners over, he stages, with their assistance, his latest comedy about the delusional knight Don Quixote (O'Toole). Don Quixote, with the help of his loyal manservant Sancho Panza (James Coco), is determined to battle evil, though he most often finds himself combating windmills. Don Quixote encounters the beautiful virgin Dulcinea -- personified by a jailed prostitute, Aldonza (Sophia Loren) -- and is certain he has found the love of his life. However, tragedy befalls Don Quixote when a band of savages rape Dulcinea as he sleeps, and he must decide where his greatest loyalty lies when his niece Antonia (Julie Gregg) arrives, asking Quixote to please return home to his family. In a move which was widely criticized at the time of the film's release, Peter O'Toole's singing voice was dubbed for most of his musical numbers, while Sophia Loren did all of her own vocal tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1999
UPC: 0027616024039
Original Release: 1972
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Warner)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole Cervantes-Don Quixote-Quijana
Sophia Loren Dulcinea/Aldoseza
James Coco Sancho Panza
Harry Andrews Governor-Innkeeper
John Castle Duke-Dr. Carrasco-Black Knight
Miriam Acevedo Fermina
Rolando DeSantis Muleteers
Connel Miles Muleteer
Brian Blessed Pedro
Peter Johnston Actor
Mirror Actor
Dorothy Sinclair Maria/Innkeeper's Wife
Poldo Bendandi Muleteer
Julie Gregg Antonia/Lady in White
Ian Richardson Padre
Rosalie Crutchley Housekeeper
Gino Conforti Barber
Marne Maitland Captain
Roy Jones Muleteer
Teddy Green Muleteer
Peppi Borza Muleteer
Dominic Barto Muleteer
Mario Donen Muleteer

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director,Producer
Giuseppe Annunziata Makeup
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Arrigo Breschi Set Decoration/Design
Saul Chaplin Producer
Luciano Damiani Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Darion Songwriter
Alberto Grimaldi Producer
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Jones Editor
Mitch Leigh Score Composer
Gillian Lynne Choreography
Charles Parker Makeup
Adriano Pischiutta Special Effects
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Laurence Rosenthal Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
Mauro Sacripanti Asst. Director
Euclide Santoli Makeup
Dale Wasserman Screenwriter

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Man of La Mancha 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing 1972 film production of Man of La Mancha. I love this music. I just saw it live and I fell in love with the characters. This story is outstandingly beautiful. Peter O'Toole makes a fine verison of Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana. Its beautiful. There are some songs I really enjoy during this film. One would be "Golden Helmet of Mambrino" and the other "Little Bird, Little Bird." This is an outstanding show. Wish I could have seen it with Brian Stokes Mitchell. But Couldn't. Aw well. Theres always next time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is trully one of my favorite musicals ever.I find that the songs sung in it are full of great emotion and help to capture the story's message of the life of a truly unique individual who chose to see a different world other than the bleak one that reality presented to him. A magnificient movie musical with a moving message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren dared to dream the impossible dream with this musical film version of 'Man of La Mancha'. Don Quixote set to music must have seemed like a good idea to director, Arthur Hiller at the time, but on screen it's about as painfully shocking as seeing one¿s own mother drunk. Quixote (O'Toole) is a crazy nobleman who is an embarrassment to his respectable family. Together, with faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his 'lady' (Sophia Loren), who is actually the town trollop. The songs, including 'Impossible Dream' had their merits steeped in the theatricality of Broadway. But on screen - and sung by actors to whom the concept of melody is clearly as foreign as the subject matter - we get a cackling of melodies that is genuinely painful on the ears. All this would be forgivable if the production values didn't herald the coming of some lavish masterpiece that, sadly, vaporizes the moment any of the principles open their mouths. Such a waste of money and talent is malicious, but unfortunately was quite common in musical undertakings from this vintage. Presumably because this film didn't get that much play time in theaters, the DVD picture exhibits striking image quality. Colors are rich, bold and vibrant. Black levels are solid. Fine details are fully realized. There are NO age related artifacts. Digital anomalies; edge enhancement, pixelization, shimmering of fine details, are rarely present for a smooth visual presentation. The audio is 5.1, made all the more strident and shrill by the deplorable lack of musical talent belting out some truly horrific tunes. Extras include a photo montage - as if reliving the film experience wasn't scary enough. Though the transfer is stunning, the film is a disaster. Like 'One From The Heart', 'Man of La Mancha' is a misguided attempt to capture the magic of musicals of old. It fails miserably on all levels as entertainment and isn't recommended for anyone who isn't tone deaf!