After making the wonderful Time Bandits (1981) and Brazil (1985), former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam made this epic 126-minute fantasy which cost over $50 million to produce. It ended up losing a lot of money but is incredible to look at and made with impressive detail.
John Neville plays the fabled 18th-century adventurer and liar who goes backwards and forwards in time with a ten-year-old girl called Sally (Sarah Polley) and has a select group of followers with superpowers.
Oliver Reed is great as Vulcan, king of the underworld, with a new ICBM missile.
The film also stars Eric Idle, Brazil star Jonathan Pryce, Uma Thurman as Venus (in her first film acting job), Sting (who was Gilliam’s real-life neighbour at the time), an uncredited (and unpaid) Robin Williams as King of the moon, and Jack Purvis (from Time Bandits).
Hieronymus Karl Frederick Baron von Munchausen
The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
King of the Moon