Lost in La Mancha

Lost in La Mancha

Keith Fulton (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This compelling documentary from Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe charts the derailment of Terry Gilliam's film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The film opens with clips from Orson Welles's ill-fated attempt to bring the Cervantes classic to the screen, and from there draws upon over 80 hours of video footage, widescreen rushes and animated storyboards to tell the whole "un-making" of Gilliam's project. With Jean Rochefort as the eccentric knight and Johnny Depp as a time-traveller mistaken for Sancho Panza, everything looks set. But an air of Munchausen madness pervades both pre-production and the brief shoot, leaving one to lament the loss of a potential masterpiece and marvel at the terrifying unpredictability of the movie business.


Fascinating documentary following director Terry Gilliam as cameras started rolling on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, his ill-fated adaptation of Don Quixote. The film goes behind the scenes of the creative process and offers an insight into the harsh realities of movie-making - from the on-set personal conflicts and financial nightmares, to the epic storms and flash floods that meant the production was eventually abandoned.

Cast & Crew

Director Keith Fulton
Director Louis Pepe

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD