Gulliver's Travels (1977 film)

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Gulliver's Travels
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Film poster
Directed by Peter R. Hunt
Produced byDerek Horne (producer)
Raymond Leblanc (producer)
Josef Shaftel (executive producer)
Written by Don Black (lyrics, screenplay)
Based on
Starring Richard Harris
Catherine Schell
Norman Shelley
Meredith Edwards
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited byRon Pope
Production
company
Distributed by Arrow Films
Sunn Classic Pictures
Release date
  • 23 March 1977 (1977-03-23)
Running time
80 minutes [1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Belgium
LanguageEnglish

Gulliver's Travels is a 1977 British-Belgian film based on the 1726 novel of the same name by Jonathan Swift. It mixed live action and animation, and starred Richard Harris in the title role.

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Plot

The opening sequence in live action shows Gulliver announcing his intention to go to sea as a ship's surgeon, followed by scenes of a shipwreck. The remainder of the film has Harris on Lilliput and Blefuscu, with the tiny inhabitants created by animation.

The film ends with a cliffhanger: Having escaped by boat from Lilliput, Gulliver encounters one of the giant inhabitants of Brobdingnag, but there is nothing more about his adventures there or in the other lands mentioned in the novel.

Cast

Voice cast

Production

The film was not consistently funded during its production, which was noted by some reviewers who consider this production to be "low-budget". [2]

Reception

In comparison to other adaptations of the source material, this film is not well-received. [2] [3] [4] In the words of one reviewer, "the film falls flat." [1]

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