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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 entire production ended up falling apart. A series of events conspire to shut down the project altogether: a severe storm washing away equipment; jet fighters interrupting the filming of the pivotal and somber Inquisition scene; and the star suffering a damaging back injury. Gilliam's decades-long dream to make a film based on Don Quixote came to a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"I'd pay to watch Terry Gilliam take out his trash, but there's nothing in Lost in La Mancha much more exciting than that."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Viewers always seem to have a strange curiosity about disasters."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A fascinating record of how the movie fell apart, piece by piece, with everything short of a natural disaster conspiring against the filmmaker."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Should be required viewing for all film-school students, aspiring filmmakers and studio suits."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"A fascinating documentary for film fans. Those who are not real film fans or film students probably won't find it as interesting."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"This is a lively film, as optimistic in tone as Don Quixote is in character. And Terry Gilliam is a bright, expansive and enthusiastic filmmaker, a likeable, charismatic guy who jokes about having a budget of US$31.5 million being "half the money we need""
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Bitterly funny and oddly poignant."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"entertaining without always being compelling"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Seeing Gilliam's vision falter is simply painful and joyless."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"The only person who has jousted at more windmills than Don Quixote seems to be Terry Gilliam."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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