Don Quixote (2000)


Don Quixote (2000)

Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels, who loses his sanity and believing to be a knight named Don Quixote de La Mancha, decides to go on imaginary adventures along with his friend, the simple farmer Sancho Panza, who becomes his squire. On their journeys, they rescue dames in distress in honorable acts and fight giants among other perils, with Don longing to be with the love of his life, lady Dulcinea, and Sancho waiting to be rewarded with an island where he's about to become a governor.
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Director Peter Yates
Writer Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra
Writer John Mortimer
Release Date2000-04-08
Runtime2h 0min
GenreAdventure, Comedy, Romance
Content Rating
AwardsNominated for 3 Primetime Emmys4 nominations total
CompanyHallmark Entertainment
Don Quixote de La Manchaas Don Quixote de La Mancha…
Sancho Panzaas Sancho Panza
The Duchessas The Duchess
Dulcineaas Dulcinea…
Antoniaas Antonia
Barberas Barber
Priestas Priest
Teresa Panza (Sancho's wife)as Teresa Panza (Sancho's wife)
Sansón Carrascoas Sansón Carrasco
Innkeeperas Innkeeper
Housekeeperas Housekeeper
Chaplain - at the Duke's Feastas Chaplain - at the Duke's Feast
Rodriguezas Rodriguez
Doctoras Doctor
Montesinoas Montesino
Amparo Valle
Amparo Valle
Mother Panza (Older)as Mother Panza (Older)
Mother Panza (Younger)as Mother Panza (Younger)

Don Quixote (2000 film)

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 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 Williams, Lambert Wilson, Amelia Warner, Tony Haygarth, Peter Eyre, Lilo Baur, James Purefoy, and Trevor Peacock.


Yates had not worked in television since the 1960s but was persuaded to try it by his friend John Frankenheimer. "He said I should do some TV, that it could be fun as long as you take the same care as you do with feature films--get good actors, do something that's going to be special. It was good advice."

He discovered a friend of his, John Mortimer, had just written a script of Don Quixote and offered it to Yates to read. "I did, and I really liked it," said Yates. "When my agent established no director was attached, I went to see Robert Halmi and said I'd like to make 'Quixote'." By coincidence, Yates had been attached in the 1970s to direct a film version of Don Quixote, based on a screenplay by Waldo Salt, which would have starred Richard Burton in the lead and Peter O'Toole as Sancho Panza; the film was never produced.

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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. DVD. The film was made in English and released on VHS shortly after it was telecast in the U.S. and a region 2 DVD (PAL) was released by Hallmark in 2002, there are also a 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

The film was nominated for three Primetime Emmys, and John Lithgow was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.