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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 June 2006
This is a visually sumptious film which treats its central characters with a gentle quirky humour that never completely destroys their dignity and humanity.It is an almost impossible task to reduce Cervantes classic novel to film, but I doubt if there will be a better attempt. The success is primarily due to the outstanding performances of John Lithgow as the Don and Bob Hoskins as Pancho Sanza and John Mortimer's script. Lithgow's Don has a dignified strength which balances his over active imagination while Hoskins tongue in cheek interpretation owes much to the human weaknesses that so many of us share.It took a little while for the film to gain pace but as compensation this adult production had an imaginative energy that brought to mind Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and a Midsummer Night's Dream-it was indeed a good "Knight's" entertainment!Not for the action film addict but willingly suspend your disbelief and connive with its reality as the Duke eventually did and you will certainly enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2006
Bob Hoskins is magnificently and dryly funny as Sancho Panza, John Lithgow plays Don Quixote with verve and style and the scenic backdrops of Southern Spain are breathtaking so why is the result so dreary? Possibly because the film is based on the lengthy, sprawling, rambling masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes and this work of genius stubbornly refuses to be summarized as a film or in the case, mini-series. (A mini-series, by the way which irritatingly keeps its fades to black where the commercials should go.)

The original book is so full of wonderful puns and perhaps the puns should have materialized into visual ones for the film to succeed. In my opinion we get a clue about what the film might have been when windmills become filmic monsters and the whole thing becomes lots of fun. These kinds of scenes are the most entertaining in the film.

To its credit, this adaptation sticks worthily to the original story but a film is not a book and needs an altogether different approach if it is to establish itself as an entertainment, separate from a book. Worth seeing once, I think.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Deeply influenced by his reading of books on chivalrous knights and damsels in distress, a retired country gentleman (John Lithgow) imagines himself as Don Quixote of La Mancha and sets forth on a series of adventures. To this venture, he is accompanied by his poor neighbor Sancho (Bob Hoskins). An ambitious attempt to present a fairly faithful adaptation of the Miguel Cervantes classic, it's a pretty flat film, a sort of a celluloid CliffsNotes version of the book. It looks great thanks to the authentic Spanish locations handsomely shot by David Connell but like so many classic novels (MOBY DICK, THE GREAT GATSBY), I suspect DON QUIXOTE is unfilmable though many attempts from Orson Welles to Terry Gilliam have been tried. In the title role, Lithgow (who got a SAG nomination for his work here) is surprisingly good but Hoskins' cockney Sancho Panza seems glaringly out of place. Dutifully if unimaginatively directed by Peter Yates (BULITT) with a solid score by Richard Hartley. With Isabella Rossellini and Vanessa Williams, who's more effective as Aldonza than Dulcinea.

The Boulevard DVD is a very nice looking full frame (1.33) transfer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
(THE FILM)
A Spaniard whose interest is knights and chivalry changes his name and appoints his neighbour as his squire. Setting off to seek adventure he employs a washerwoman as his lady.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
One of the best movies that really stick to the book with John Lithgow's brilliant performance as Don Quixote he is so real and filled with emotion, humour, and wisdom. with Bob Hoskins as his sidekick Sancho Panza he is perfect and so hilarious.
it is really lovely to See these two great talents working together it make
Don Quixote a cherished experience, and one not to be missed ..
Add to that we have the beautiful Vanessa Williams to perk things up every now and then as Quixote's fantasy lady
and we have the brilliant and charming Isabella Rossellini as The Duchess
on top of all that we have the lovely Amelia Warner as Don Quixote's niece .her beauty and heartfelt acting really made a spark to her character...
whan you ad all that mix of talents we have magic all around us in this Endearing. Enchanting. Touching classic tale of a man's dream, his epic journey, and his one true love.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2003
The aging Alonso Quijano (played by John Lithgow) loves to read the stories of heroic knights who bestrode the world so long ago. Losing some of his ability to tell reality from fiction, he styles himself Don Quixote de la Mancha, dresses himself in rusty old army, grabs neighbor Sancho Panza (Bob Hoskins) as his squire, and rides off in search of adventure. Sadly for Don Quixote, the world has changed a great deal since the time of knights in shining armor. [Color, created in 2000, with a running time of 2 hours.]
I stopped when I saw John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins gracing the cover of this tape, and had to have it when I saw that the screenplay was written by John Mortimer (author of the Rumpole of the Bailey stories). The movie is visually stunning, with Quixote's hallucinations leaping off the screen in vibrant colors. Also, though the tape is marked as "not rated," it contains very little violence, and nothing else that would make it unsuitable for younger viewers.
Now for the bad news: the story is somewhat choppy, and, worse, seems to drag on with no real point. Though my children (7 and 10) liked the scenes with the giants, they became quite bored later and simply wandered away. That said, I did enjoy this movie, and am glad that I watched it, though I may never bother to watch it again. Therefore, let me give this movie a very qualified recommendation.
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on 3 May 2014
This well acted and visually stunning film (every frame is a work of art) is very enjoyable to watch. The old 4.3 film format does not detract from this classic gentle story.

John Lithgow and the sadly departed Bob Hoskins are utterly convincing as the main characters.
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on 11 December 2014
As I have read the book of Don Quixote, this movie is one of the best. The book/story has many adventures and incidents on his travels and this movie includes quite a few. Bob Hoskins is very good as Pancho (though he has a cockney accent) John Lythgoe is good also.
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on 20 July 2015
good for those like me and your never to old to learn ha ha
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2006
Don Quixote, was a deamer, a missing ingredient from our lives today. It was refreshing to me to see someone, even if it was just a movie go to great lenghts after true love. The movie also reminded me of what a true friend should be. Inspite of the disjointed scenes I enjoyed the movie and I even started making an effort to sit upright like Don Quixote did.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It would be next to impossible to make a film of this wonderful book in my humble opinion. However, Lithgo makes a great fist of Don himself whilst I found the normally brilliant Hoskins rather mis-cast. Beautifully filmed and I would not deter anyone from buying the film.
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