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Poster for The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • Directed by

    Terry Gilliam

  • Screenplay by

    Charles McKeown and Terry Gilliam

  • Music Composed by

    Michael Kamen

  • World Premiere

    December 8, 1988 (West Germany, Europe)

  • Theatrical Release Date

    March 10, 1989

  • DVD Release Date

    April 27, 1999 (original release)
    April 8, 2008 (20th anniversary edition)

  • Production Companies

    Columbia Pictures, Laura Film, Prominent Features, Allied Filmmakers

  • Distribution Company

    Columbia Pictures

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    King of the Moon

  • John Neville

    Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen

  • Eric Idle


  • Charles McKeown


  • Winston Dennis


  • Jack Purvis


  • Valentina Cortese

    Queen Ariadne/Violet

  • Sarah Polley

    Sally Salt

  • Oliver Reed


  • Uma Thurman


  • Jonathan Pryce

    The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson

  • Peter Jeffrey



The fantastic tale of a 17th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only a few of his improbable adventures.



  • King of the Moon

    I'm back! I got lips again and I'm gonna use 'em, baby!

  • King of the Moon

    I think, therefore you is.

  • King of the Moon

    You're not here. Where are you? Where-- You're with the Baron! You are with that little man! You told me size don't make a difference!

  • King of the Moon

    I'm free! I'm free at last! The body is dead! The body is dead, long live the head, it's finished, finito, heh-heh! Bye, body! Ha-ha! I shall prove a head does not need a body to survive! I am omnipotent, ha-ha! Yes... Oh! Oh no, I got an itch! Oh, no! Oh no, oh no... ah-chooooooo!

  • King of the Moon

    No, let me go! I've got tides to regulate! Comets to direct! I don't have time for flatulence and orgasms!

  • King of the Moon

    My kingdom for a handkerchief!

  • King of the Moon

    I'm sorry. You must refer to me by my complete title: King of Everything. Rei di Tutto--but you may call me Ray.

Fun Facts

Music and lyrics for "The Torturer's Apprentice" were written (respectively) by Michael Kamen and Eric Idle.

The role of the King of the Moon was intended for Sean Connery until the role was largely cut. Sean Connery didn't think it was "kingly" enough, thus the role was played by Robin.

The credits list Robin as "Ray D. Tutto." This is the English transliteration of the Italian phrase "Rei di Tutto" which means "King of Everything"--the self-styled title used by the King of the Moon when he introduces himself to the Baron.

Robin performed the part as soon as he arrived in England after a transatlantic flight.

This film became notorious for its many production problems and cost overruns. Making matters worse was a regime change at Columbia Pictures. The new studio heads, not wanting any production from the old regime to "shine", simply buried the film during its U.S. release. There were many markets, especially the smaller ones, in the U.S. where this movie was not booked at all.


Remarkable. Unbelievable. Impossible. And true.

Adventure, Comedy, Romance. He was full of it.

A true story. We've got the film to prove it.

Bull. He was full of it.

Filming Info

  • Dates

    September 21, 1987 - March 1988

  • Locations

    Belchite, Spain
    Aragón, Spain
    Zaragoza, Spain
    Andalucía, Spain
    Almería, Spain
    Rome, Italy
    Lazio, Italy

International Release Dates

  • West Germany

    December 8, 1988

  • France

    March 8, 1989

  • UK

    March 17, 1989

  • Argentina

    May 11, 1989

  • Australia

    May 18, 1989

  • Japan

    June 3, 1989

  • Philippines

    July 15, 1989 (Davao)

  • Italy

    August 1, 1989

  • Finland

    September 8, 1989

  • Sweden

    December 1, 1989

  • Greece

    April 7, 2008 (DVD premiere)

International Titles

  • Argentina / Spain

    Las aventuras del barón Munchausen

  • Brazil

    As Aventuras do Barão de Münchausen

  • Serbia

    Avanture barona Minhauzena

  • Sweden

    Baron Münchhausens äventyr

  • Finland

    Baron von Munchausens äventyrer (Swedish title)
    Paroni von Münchhausenin seikkailut (Finnish/video title)

  • West Germany

    Die Abenteuer des Baron Münchhausen

  • Israel

    Harpatkaotav Shel Ha-Baron Minchauzen

  • Italy

    Le avventure del Barone di Munchausen

  • France

    Les aventures du baron de Munchausen

  • Hungary

    Münchausen báró kalandjai

  • Greece

    Oi peripeteies tou varonou Munchausen

  • Poland

    Przygody barona Munchausena

DVD Extra Features

The following extra features can be found on the 20th Anniversary Edition DVD:

  • Commentary with Director Terry Gilliam and co-Writer/Actor Charles McKeown
  • The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen: An all-new three-part documentary on the making of the film
  • Storyboard Sequences with all-new vocal performances by Terry Gilliam and Chris McKeown
  • Deleted Scenes

Box Office

  • Budget


  • Gross

    $8,083,123 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $8,083,123 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $597,400 (46 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    120 theaters

  • In Release

    about 13 weeks


  • Academy Awards

    Nom - 1990 - Best Art Direction/Set Decoration
    Nom - 1990 - Best Costume Design
    Nom - 1990 - Best Visual Effects
    Won - 1990 - Best Makeup

  • BAFTA Awards

    Won - 1990 - Best Costume Design
    Won - 1990 - Best Makeup Artist
    Nom - 1990 - Best Production Design
    Nom - 1990 - Best Special Effects

  • Hugo Awards

    Nom - 1990 - Best Dramatic Presentation

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