Man of La Mancha

Synopsis: This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza).
Director(s): Arthur Hiller
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
132 min

you were a poet.

Of the theater.

Of the theater.

- You see?

- What?

Come here. Come here.



Properties and costumes.

You see, I'm a playwright

and an actor.

So these poor things...

couldn't possibly be

of any use to you.

Oh, no, wait!

You'll break it!

Take them! Take them!

Oh, no, Don Miguel!

No. Take them, I say.

Only leave me this.

Heavy. Valuable?

Only to me.

I'll let you ransom it.

I have no money.

How unfortunate.



Still worthless!

No! Wait!

You said a trial!

By your own words,

I demand a trial!

Oh, very well, then.

I hereby declare this court

to be in session.

Now, then,

what are you here for?

We are to appear

before the Inquisition.


No, not exactly.

You see, we were presenting

an entertainment.

An entertainment?

How does an entertainment

get into trouble...

with the Inquisition?

Perhaps they found

an entertainment...

is not always what it seems.

Why are you here?

Somebody has

to stage-manage the stage.

These two have empty holes

in their heads.

Governor, if you don't mind...

I should like

to prosecute this case.

You, sir? Why, sir?


spinning nonsense

out of nothing.

Blurring men's eyes to reality.



A stone prison crushing

the human spirit.

Poetry demands imagination.

And with imagination,

you may discover a dream.

The trial! On with the trial!

Miguel de Cervantes,

I charge you...

with being an idealist,

a bad poet...

and an honest man.

How plead you?



Your Excellency...

ladies and gentlemen,

my defense.

But you just pleaded guilty.

Had I said innocent,

you would surely

have found me guilty.

Since I've admitted guilt...

the court is obliged

to hear me out.

For what purpose?

The jury may

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Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman (November 2, 1914 – December 21, 2008) was an American playwright. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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