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Filming dates: January
through March 1972
Sophia Loren (Dulcinea / Aldonza)
James Coco (Sancho Panza)
Harry Andrews (governor / inkeeper)
John Castle (the Duke / Sanson Carrasco)
Art direction and costume design:
Sophia's Makeup Artist:
Sophia's Hair Stylist:
Sophia's Dance Coach:
Douglas Kirkland, Tazio Secchiaroli
Arthur Hiller for Produzioni Europee Associate (
Sophia sings six different songs: It's All the Same, The Dubbing, Man of La Mancha, Aldonza, Dulcinea, and The Impossible Dream. Most songs were altered or cut in order for Sophia to sing them. Songs by O'Toole are dubbed by Simon Gilbert.Sophia and O'Toole spend hours playing poker on the set and they happen to be both great cheaters. One day, as she is thrusting her winnings into her Gucci handbag, O'Toole grabs it hollering blue murder and savagely rips it to shreds. The event is know as the famous Gucci handbag rip-up.
Sophia gets $ 750,000 to star in the movie version of the Broadway musical.
Sophia's voice is dubbed by Elsa Fábregas (Spanish) and Rosemarie Kirstein (German).
only performance that really survives
the movie is Sophia Loren's. She can sing, more or less, and she can
"When he (Peter O'Toole), Miss Loren (never sufficiently appreciated as the great comedienne she is) and Mr. Coco are not being interrupted to sing, "Man of La Mancha" almost comes to life."
Vincent Canby, New York Times, 12 dec, 1972
"Sophia Loren is a ravishing Dulcinea, but she seems to be playing a kind of high-stepping variation of Two Women.
Time Magazine, 25 dec, 1972