Director Terry Gilliam applies his Monty Python sensibilities upon the career of famed German prevaricator Baron von Munchausen in his (1988) Adventure Fantasy THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN! Gilliam sets the stage as we travel abroad with Munchausen, a baron who we see flying into the stratosphere on the back of a cannonball, ballooning to the moon, exploring the innards of a volcano, being swallowed by a whale and quelling a war that he himself has started…In short, all of Munchausen’s fabulous lies are here presented as “truth,” played out in full view of nonplussed witnesses Eric Idle, Charles McKeown, Jack Purvis, and Sarah Polley. Fringe benefits include several loving medium shots of jaybird-naked Uma Thurman as Boticelli’s Venus and an extended unbilled cameo by Robin Williams (that is, by the HEAD of Robin Williams) as the King of the Moon! Filmed under considerable duress on a budget eventually exceeding 45 million dollars, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen never quite caught on with moviegoers, though it has enjoyed a lucrative afterlife on videocassette and DVD as well as a devoted following. We Queue it up to see if we in turn will follow as well… All of that including our Top 3 “Adventurous Adventures” in movies.
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