The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam's long-gestating adventure comedy adapted from Miguel de Cervantes's classic novel. A cynical advertising man (Adam Driver), finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker (Jonathan Pryce) who believes himself to be Don Quixote.

Former Monty Python Gilliam started work on the film in 1989 but failed to get it across the line, most famously with his abandoned 1998 production - the subject of the excellent documentary Lost in La Mancha. Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor and Jack O'Connell have all been attached to star over the years. Reportedly, it was Adam Driver's interest in the role that finally helped secure funding for the film.

2018Rating: M, Violence & offensive language132 minsSpain, UK, France, Portugal
AdventureComedyFantasyFestival & Independent
Director:
Terry Gilliam ('The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus', 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas', 'Brazil')
Writer:
Terry GilliamTony Grisoni
Cast:
Jonathan PryceAdam DriverOlga KurylenkoStellan SkarsgårdJordi MollàJoana RibeiroRossy de PalmaSergi López
98%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

press

There's enough of a germ of something in Don Quixote that you find yourself shaking your head by its climax, wondering, wait, what were we talking about again?

0
Variety

Variety

press

If anything, it's what the director's fans most feared: a lumbering, confused, and cacophonous mess.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Even if it doesn't always come together, it does entertain, bearing all the hallmarks of Gilliam's gleefully barmiest projects.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a dull place the world would be without Terry Gilliam.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Despite periods of biting comedy and some delightful old-school production heft, this is a project that would have been better left to wither on the vine.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It is an intensely personal piece of filmmaking, a movie shot through with sneaky, unruly pleasures and no small poignancy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Rarely have such brave deeds yielded so meagre a reward.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

There are moments of mad genius here, and a warrior-poet's heart beats under the film's tarnished armour...

0

Having only gotten into the movie reviewing schtick recently, the opening words meant little to me. “And now … after 25 years in the making … and unmaking” seemed an odd way to start a film, but minimal research afterwards will send you down the rabbit-hole with obstacles that this film has had to overcome since it's inception in 1989 (yes, this film has...

2.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

There's enough of a germ of something in Don Quixote that you find yourself shaking your head by its climax, wondering, wait, what were we talking about again?

0
Variety

Variety

press

If anything, it's what the director's fans most feared: a lumbering, confused, and cacophonous mess.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Even if it doesn't always come together, it does entertain, bearing all the hallmarks of Gilliam's gleefully barmiest projects.

3.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What a dull place the world would be without Terry Gilliam.

3.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Despite periods of biting comedy and some delightful old-school production heft, this is a project that would have been better left to wither on the vine.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It is an intensely personal piece of filmmaking, a movie shot through with sneaky, unruly pleasures and no small poignancy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Rarely have such brave deeds yielded so meagre a reward.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

There are moments of mad genius here, and a warrior-poet's heart beats under the film's tarnished armour...

0

Having only gotten into the movie reviewing schtick recently, the opening words meant little to me. “And now … after 25 years in the making … and unmaking” seemed an odd way to start a film, but minimal research afterwards will send you down the rabbit-hole with obstacles that this film has had to overcome since it's inception in 1989 (yes, this film has...

2.0
0