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The Adventures of Don Quixote

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(CBS, 4/23/1973, 120 mins). An atmospheric dramatization of Cervantes’ 17th-century tale of the self-proclaimed Spanish knight who travels the countryside with his squire, tilting at windmills as if they were dragons and trying to reform a bawdy peasant girl. This was the first of a series of co-productions and trade-offs between Universal-TV and the British Broadcasting Corporation. This was the tenth filming of the classic novel, following closely on the heels of the movie version of the musical “Man of La Mancha.” Some months later came a filmed ballet adaptation with Nureyev.

Production Companies BBC-TV Productions, Universal Television. Director Alvin Rakoff. Producer Gerald Savory. Teleplay Hugh Whitemore. Based on the Novel by Miguel Cervantes. Based on the Translation by J.M. Cohen. Photography Peter Bartlett. Music Michel Legrand. Editor Dave King.

Cast Rex Harrison (Don Quixote), Frank Finlay (Sancho Panza), Rosemary Leach (Dulcinea), Robert Eddison (The Duke), Bernard Hepton (Village priest), Paul Whitsun-Jones (Innkeeper), Murray Melvin (Traveling Barber), Roger Delgado (The Monk), Ronald Lacey (The Barber), Gwen Nelson (The Housekeeper), Francoise Pascal, Brian Spink, John Hollis, Waiter Sparrow, Jon Mattoche, Michael Golden, Brian Coburn, Athol Coats.

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