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Man of La Mancha

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Cast
Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Brian Blessed, Ian Richardson, Julie Gregg, Rosalie Crutchley, Gino Conforti
Released
1972
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Playwright Miguel de Cervantes tells the other prisoners, referring to his character, Alonso Quijana, “He lays down the melancholy burden of sanity.” (0:18)

A woman tells the innkeeper, referring to self-styled knight Don Quixote, “He's a madman.”
Innkeeper: ”Madmen are the children of God.”
Quixote, referring to his horse: “A horse of courage, sobriety and chastity...”
Woman: “What's this madness?”
Innkeeper: ”When did the poor man ever find time to run mad?” (0:34)

Cervantes: “Think of the shock the news of his madness brings to his niece.”
”... in spite of the trouble that Alonso's madness will bring crashing on their heads...” (0:41)

Antonio Quijana tells another character, “My dear, your uncle is the laughing stock of the neighborhood, and I do not relish claiming a lunatic as an uncle.”
Pedro: ”Senor Quijana has lost his mind and is suffering from delusions.”
Priest: “A gentle delusion?”
”I cannot favor the madness that puts a sword into his hand...”
Pedro: ”I shall concern myself with his madness, father...”
Priest: “What cleverness it would take to wean him from his madness...”
Pedro: “... to work within his lunacy.” (0:46)

Quixote’s squire Sancho Panza tells kitchen maid and prostitute Aldonza (Dulcinea), “They say one madman makes a hundred...”
Aldonzo: “Oh, you’re crazy too.” (0:50)

Dulcinea tells the priest, “You’re more of a fool than he is, playing tricks on a man that’s mad.”
Priest: “One might say Jesus was mad, or St. Francis.”
Man: “A man who chooses to be mad can also choose to be sane.”
”We have given reality to his madness.” (1:07)

Pedro: “But you see, Cervantes, there is a difference between reality and illusion, and the difference between these prisoners and your men of lunacy.”
Cervantes: “I'd say rather men whose Illusions were very real.”
Pedro: “Why are you poets so fascinated with madmen?”
Cervantes: “When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. to surrender dreams is madness... Too much sanity may be madness, and maddest of all to see life as it is and not as it should be.” (1:33)

Aldonza: “Lies, madness and lies.” (1:36)

The Enchanter tells Don Quixote, “Look at the... madman dressed for a masquerade... the madman... nightmare of a disordered mind” (1:42)

Quijana tells the others, “I dare not tell you lest you think me mad.”
He tells Aldonza, ”I am confused by shadows.” (1:51)

Sancho and Dulcinea share their grief after Quixote dies.” (2:00)

The governor tells Cervantes his book documents “... the history of your mad knight. (2:03)

Reference in Connie and Carla