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  • Actors: Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Ian Richardson, Graham Crowden, Maurice Denham
  • Directors: Rodney Bennett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001V0134
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,267 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After he is appointed monsignor, Father Quixote (Alec Guinness) sets off on an adventure with a leftist politician (Leo McKern). Together they travel from their remote village to Madrid and back exploring their friendship, the demands of belief and constancy of faith.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
No film with Sir Alec Guinness and Leo McKern in the leads, based on a Graham Greene novel can be bad.
But this comes closer than I wish it did.

It's played far more `cute' than it need be, from the dated, overly up-beat music, to the lack of edge given
to either of the two main characters - a Roman Catholic Priest, and his friend, a communist. There's no
reason not to allow these men more real, complex personalities.

In addition, the Don Quixote parallels are already quite obvious, but the film insists on pilling them on, and
then explaining them.

But all that said, there are enough wonderful moments of acting to certainly make this watchable, and even
worthwhile, even if it doesn't hit anywhere near the heights I was hoping for, after spending a long while
tracking down a copy.
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By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It was a happy idea of Graham Greene's to make use of elements of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" for one of his last novels, and one that led to this splendid TV film adaptation soon after in 1985. Greene's protagonist, Father Quixote, a Spanish priest, proudly refers to Don Quixote as his ancestor. His own adventures, as he travels through post-Franco Spain in his old car, named after Quixote's horse, with his companion, a former mayor whom he calls Sancho, have much of the absurdity, pathos and self-discovery of his namesake's. There is, of course, plenty of dialectic - as in most of Graham Greene works - and here it focuses on Christianity and Communism.

Dialectic does not work well in film, as a rule, but everything Sir Alec Guinness does here is perfection. Apart from the dialogue, how could one old man's face in close up convey so much!

This film has currently been hard to get and been my most expensive DVD purchase, but it's proven to be a treasure.
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By Mark Le Sueur on 16 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Superb acting by Sir Alec Guinness, which brings out the pathos Graham Green's minor classic. Clever and entertaining.
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