Director Terry Gilliam's THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN adapts the tall tales and fables associated with the real-life Karl Friedrich Hieronymous von Munchhausen (1720-97), a German soldier and nobleman. The film begins in a walled city whose denizens suffer under a siege by the army
of the Ottoman Empire, and under the government of their evil leader Horatio Jackson (Jonathan Pryce). Within the town, a theater troupe is staging a rendition of the Munchausen saga when an aged man in the audience (John Neville) announces that he's the real
Baron, and that only he can save them
from the siege. He then departs in a makeshift balloon to round up his former c...