This richly developed and well-produced drama is an imaginative and entertaining three-hour-and-seven-minute screen adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satirical 1726 novel. It aired as a television miniseries.
Ted Danson stars as an English doctor who returns home after eight years abroad. Among the strange and fascinating places he claims to have visited are lands populated by tiny people, a kingdom of giants, a flying island, and a realm of sophisticated talking horses and savage humanoids. Dr. Bates (James Fox), the protector of Gulliver's wife (Mary Steenburgen) and young son, has the excitable traveller put in a mental asylum. There, the limits of reason are demonstrated.
Swift's biting assessments of human malevolence, folly, greed, and short-sightedness come through in this Jim Henson production directed by Charles Sturridge. Also starring in the drama are Ned Beatty, Sir John Gielgud, Kristin Scott Thomas, Alfre Woodard, and Peter O'Toole.