Lost in La Mancha
Lost in La Mancha (2003)

A documentary that details and depicts the pre-production and the first six days of production of acclaimed director Terry Gilliam's ill-fated attempt to film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" in late 2000. Piece by piece, the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at a movie that wasn't, Lost in La Mancha is an incisive, entertaining document of the difficulties inherent in the moviemaking process.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Wondrous document of a film gone wrong and an artist who inspires fans, cast and crew, even as he terrifies financiers, insurers and anyone more firmly footed in filmmaking reality.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

In the end, I'm left with an immeasurable appreciation for how bloody hard 1st A.D.'s work on set, and the crap they've got to deal with.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A fascinating record of how the movie fell apart, piece by piece, with everything short of a natural disaster conspiring against the filmmaker.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

Should be required viewing for all film-school students, aspiring filmmakers and studio suits.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

It's worth watching to catch glimpses of the Gilliam works, and to be strangely reassured that disasters and misfortune happen even to the best artists.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A fascinating study in the cinematic arts, as we watch a talented director and a committed crew and cast thwarted by nature, human failings and just plain bad luck.

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bitterly funny and oddly poignant.

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Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative

entertaining without always being compelling

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This documentary is a great example of "Development Hell," a place where good ideas for movies go to die. Gilliam seems prone to this problem since… More
Anthony Lawrie
Interesting in places and educational for those who want to be film makers but ultimately its quite a dull film to watch. I really hope they get to make the… More
Melvin White
Terry Gilliam: At least if we're going to be fucked, let's know we're fucked ahead of time.  "They have a story... but they've lost… More
Jens S.
We've all seen Making of-films, some of them are wonderfully detailed, giving you an idea of the amount of work that has been done. This is the Making Of… More
xGary Xx
Lost In La Mancha is a video diary of Terry Gilliam's attempt to make his adaptation of Don Quixote in which a modern day advertising executive finds… More
Jason Spencer
An excellent look at how a movie can fall apart very quickly. The speed at which the whole production goes to crap astounds me as does the slight craziness of… More