Don Quixote (2000 film)
|Directed by||Peter Yates|
|Produced by||Dyson Lovell
Robert Halmi Sr.
|Written by||Miguel de Cervantes (novel)
John Mortimer (screenplay)
|Music by||Richard Hartley|
|Distributed by||TNT (USA)
Divisa Home Video (2004) (Spain) (DVD)
Don Quixote is a 2000 television film made by Hallmark Entertainment and distributed by TNT. It was directed by Peter Yates, and the teleplay, by John Mortimer, was adapted from Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel Don Quixote. The film was shown in three parts in Europe but in one installment in the U.S.
The film was produced by Dyson Lovell, with Robert Halmi Sr. and John Lithgow as executive producers, and cinematography by David Connell. The original music is by Richard Hartley. The film stars John Lithgow as Don Quixote de La Mancha (Quixote's real name is Alonso Quijano), and Bob Hoskins as Sancho Panza, and features Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa L. Williams, Lambert Wilson, Tony Haygarth, Peter Eyre, Lilo Baur, James Purefoy, and Trevor Peacock; it completed a decades-old goal of Yates' — his original intent was to cast Richard Burton in the lead role.
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Of all the Hallmark adaptations of classic novels which premiered on Turner Network Television, only Don Quixote is still unavailable on a U.S. or British DVD. The film was made in English and released on VHS shortly after it was telecast in the U.S., but the only DVD ever made of the film are the dubbed-into-Spanish version distributed by Divisa Home Video (Spain), and a DVD available with English or Russian-dubbed voices, with subtitles in Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Russian.
Awards and nominations
- Don Quixote (in English & German). Region 2 (Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt): Amazon. 2000. ASIN B00DRHTYCI. Format: PAL DVD
- "Emmys In the Middle". Seattle Times. July 21, 2000.
- "Nominees for 7th annual Actor Awards". UPI. January 30, 2001.
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