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.
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132 min

choose to be lenient.


He's trying to gain time.

Do you have a scarcity of time?

Any urgent appointments?

It is true I am guilty

of these charges.

An idealist!

I've never had the courage

to believe in nothing.

A bad poet?

This comes from a painful ear.

Have you finished your defense?

No, no, scarcely begun.

With your permission,

I will continue...

in the manner I know best.

In the form of a charade.


An entertainment, if you will.

An entertainment?

At worst,

it may beguile the time.

And since my cast

of characters is large...

I call upon you all

to enter in...

and play whatever role

may suit your fancy.


I shall like to protest.


Let's hear him out.

If you've no objection...

and with

your kind permission...

may I set the stage?


I will impersonate a man.

His name... Alonso Quijana.

A country gentleman,

no longer young.

Being retired,

he has much time for books.

He studies them

from morn till night...

and often through the night

till morn again.

And all he reads

oppresses him...

fills him with indignation...

at man's murderous ways

towards man.

He ponders the problem...

how to make better a world...

where evil brings profit

and virtue none at all.

Where fraud,

deceit, and malice...

are mingled

with truth and sincerity.

He broods and broods

and broods and broods...

and broods and finally

his brains dry up.

He lays down the melancholy

burden of sanity...

and conceives the strangest

project ever imagined...

to become a knight-errant,

and sally forth...

to roam the world

in search of adventures...

to right all wrongs,

to mount a crusade...

to raise up the weak

and those in need.

He persuades his neighbor,

one Sancho Panza...

a country laborer

and an honest man...

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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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