The Baron, upset with his servants unwillingness to fight, gives himself up to turk. However, he makes sure he motivates them first. Right before he is executed, Adolphus fires his musket and breaking the executioners blade, preventing the execution. This starts a fantasic battle where the Baron and his servants go back into form, defeating the turk, and saving thr town with their fantastic powers. During the victory parade the evil elected public servant assinates the Baron. The town mourns as the Baron is lowered into the ground. We come back to the original scene, the play, where the Baron finishes his tale by mentioning that was one of the only one of the many times he has met his death, something he does not recommend. However, with the help of his remarkable servants, he was able to defeat the Turk, and save the town and everyonelived happily ever after. The elected public servant appears with troops and demands the arrest of the Baron, who declares for the townspeople to open the gate, and prove he his tale is true. After a minor non violent revolution, they over power the troops, who were commanded to fire on anyone who does not follow the public servants orders, and they open the gates revealing a defeated Turk army. They celebrate at the unbelievable turn of events. Sally has the epiphany that it was not just a story. The Baron rides off into the sunset, salutes the town, and disappears.
Baron Munchausen: Everyone who had a talent for it lived happily ever after.
Trivia: Early in the film, as the Salt and Son theatrical troupe performs their stage version of Munchausen's adventures, the Baron is eaten by a giant fish; two mermaids immediately enter stage-left and sing a mournful ditty modestly accompanied by the pit orchestra: "What will become of the Baron? Surely this time there is no escape!" To those with sharp ears, this ditty is the same tune as the soaring, symphonic Baron Munchausen theme music featured throughout the movie.
Question: When Baron Munchausen and his cohorts clean out the Sultan's vault, the Sultan's horrified Treasurer crosses himself in the Catholic fashion. But, in this film, the Sultan is head of the Ottoman Empire (a Muslim empire), and the closest members of his court (such as his Treasurer) would surely be Muslim. So the treasurer's Christian gesture stands out as unlikely, at best. This seems to be a character error, but was it intended as a deliberate joke? If so, what was the joke?
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