The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
Director: Terry Gilliam
Stars: John Neville, Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman
Budget: $47 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $8.1 million
Terry Gilliam makes weird movies. Some of them hit—Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 12 Monkeys—and some of them miss—The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Brothers Grimm. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is both a hit and a miss in that it's a quality film that arrived to the box office DOA.
The film tells a tale, or rather, a series of tales, about Baron Munchausen, a traveler with a knack for exaggerating his stories. The film is loud, bizarre, exciting, and like nothing ever seen before or since, part fairy tale, part art object, part giant fish tale.