The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

1989 PG 2h 7m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

1989 PG 2h 7m Blu-ray / DVD
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Writer-director Terry Gilliam puts a fantastical spin on the stories of Baron Munchausen, an 18th-century German aristocrat and renowned teller of tall tales, whose claims include a trip to the moon and being swallowed by a sea monster.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Thai, Chinese Simplified, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, Korean
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
French, Chinese Simplified, English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie, based on an 18th-century book of tall tales and directed by Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam, has some fairly edgy content. Though it's steeped heavily in fantasy, there are still graphic scenes of battle with many explosions, sporadic beheadings and near executions, scenes of a harem with some shots of naked women, and a creepy Angel of Death.

Sexual Content

Brief female nudity (a bare backside and hazy shots of breasts), scenes of a harem, kissing, and heavy sexual innuendo, including two jealous husbands and a character who sounds like she's about to have an orgasm (though her feet are getting tickled instead).


Many scenes of battle, lots of explosions, beheadings, and torture, though they are surreal and strangely bloodless. A creepy, skeleton-faced Angel of Death tries to take the Baron on numerous occasions.


"Hell" and "damnit."

Social Behavior

Epic efforts to reunite friends in order to defend a town under siege underpin the story, but just as much screen time given over to lust, selfishness, and avarice. The Turkish sultan and his army are depicted as cartoonishly evil.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A character is nearly beheaded over a good bottle of wine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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