Gulliver's Travels (miniseries)

Gulliver's Travels is a two-part television fantasy film from the year 1996. It is based on the novel by Jonathan Swift.


Lemuel Gulliver, a doctor who had sailed as a ship's doctor, returns to 1720 after years of absence to his home back to England. But his family hardly recognize him. Distraught, he tells of Liliput, a land of dwarves, and Brobdingnag, land of giants, of floating islands and talking horses. His adventurous stories will be held for fantasies, his mental condition seriously doubted.

Gulliver's wife Mary and their employers who would like to marry, Dr. Bates to do, worry about him, because he might be a bad deal for the small Tom Gulliver, who never got his father during his nine -year absence to face.

Dr. Bates, who also feared by Gulliver Return to lose his place at Mary's side, has him in the Bethlehem Hospital, in the " psychiatric ward " (rather insane asylum ), a.

There, now he tells the patient about his experiences and reap the ridicule of doctors. When Mary discovered the Bates hides her letters to her husband in his office, rather than turn them over to Dr. Gulliver, she is committed to a hearing before a medical advice. This is permitted. Before the big crowd of people gathered Gulliver tells his stories to an end and excited the displeasure of meeting, as he tells of the rational society of the Houyhnhnms who was the superior of the people.

Finally, Dr. Bates him to make a choice - recant his stories and being able to walk in freedom, or to be but brought back into the cell. Gulliver is sticking to his experiences and is to be returned by the grooms just as at the last moment his son Tom enters the room and the astonished man shows a sheep from the land of Lilliput, which his father had brought. The film ends with shots of Gulliver and his family in freedom.


The film was shot in England and Portugal.


  • Director Charles Sturridge is married to actress Phoebe Nicholls ( Empress of Lilliput ). Their son, Thomas Sturridge (Tom Gulliver ).
  • Ted Danson ( Lemuel Gulliver ) and Mary Steenburgen (Mary Gulliver ) first met on the set and a few weeks later gave up on Martha 's Vineyard tie the knot.
  • Samples of the final scene ( " You see, When night falls and you close your eyes to sleep and dream, I have seen the things you can only dream about. I have been there. " ) Are from the UK psytrance band Chi -AD used in the piece Astral Warrior.


The film received five Emmys 1996 the following:

  • Best equipment
  • Best Hair Styling
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Picture
  • Best Special Effects

In addition, Gulliver's Travels is awarded the following six nominations:

  • Best Camera
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Director
  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound
  • Best Female Supporting Actress Alfre Woodard