The Man of La Mancha

Peter O'Toole plays Miguel Cervantes, the idealist Spanish novelist who is put into prison for insulting the Catholic Church where the prisoners are less than friendly. They steal his Bible and the only way he can get it back is if Cervantes entertains them with the interesting tale of Don Quixote. Being heavily based on the successful Broadway musical, it is certainly a surefire disappointment. This film is full of brilliant songs that were clumsily mishandled by the director. It would have been much better if Sophia Loren and Peter O'Toole were able to sing or maybe they could have had their voices dubbed by someone else who can. A waste.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Brian Blessed

Directed by:

Arthur Hiller


1972 musical/drama

Rated PG.


Don Ignacio's score: D+

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