Time Bandits

Time Bandits

4.4 10
Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall

     
 

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A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy's encounters with various historical… See more details below

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A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy's encounters with various historical figures, including an entertainment-starved Napoleon (Ian Holm), a powerful Agamemnon (Sean Connery), and a surprisingly stuffy Robin Hood, embodied by Gilliam's Python cohort John Cleese. Episodic by nature, the film is less successful when dealing with the larger narrative, which concerns the pursuit of the dwarves and their time-traveling map by the Supreme Being. However, the combination of Gilliam's visual exuberance and the witty script (by Gilliam and Michael Palin) ensures an entertaining, if erratic, journey.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
A delirious action-adventure fantasy directed by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, Time Bandits is in some ways an updated version of The Wizard of Oz. The surreal tale follows a wee lad as he hops through time, accompanied all the while by a band of six hyperactive dwarves who harbor the "Supreme Being's" map of the universe and its hidden time portals. Together the boy and his compatriots tour Agamemnon's Greece, Robin Hood's Sherwood forest, and the Titanic as it cruises toward its destiny. But the so-called Evil One (David Warner) wants the map too; his epic pursuit results in a dazzling showdown involving cowboys from the Old West and knights from the Middle Ages. Time Bandits also features a superb supporting cast that includes Ralph Richardson as the Supreme Being, Sean Connery as Agamemnon, and Monty Python member John Cleese as Robin Hood. (Cleese also cowrote the film with Gilliam and Python mainstay Michael Palin.) Gilliam's phantasmagoric imagery is highly theatrical and riveting. Time Bandits is a fine precursor to the director's later, even more visually stunning work in Brazil.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Terry Gilliam's 1981 children's fantasy film is a curious mixture of adventure, farce, and satire that is intermittently entertaining -- if occasionally eccentric to a fault. With a camera perched at knee level, Time Bandits is told from a child's point-of-view, but rather than adopting a sickeningly sweet sentimentality, Gilliam opts for an acerbic and often nasty tone that risked offending the very audience at which it purported to be aimed. The script's indebtedness to childrens' author Roald Dahl can be seen most obviously in the relationship between the main character and his parents, particularly in the amusingly explosive conclusion. Gilliam's state-of-the-art special effects are used, ironically enough, to attack a consumer society infatuated with the latest in technological advances -- a theme he would develop more convincingly in his next (and arguably best) film, Brazil. The dozen-or-so high profile cameos are not always effectively blended into the time-tripping storyline, but when they are, Gilliam's film takes on aspects of both the surreal and existential. David Warner is the most interesting of the adult-sized performers; his devilish charms are incessantly irresistible.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
UPC:
0014381663358
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
96,954

Special Features

Terry Gilliam interview; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cleese Robin Hood
Sean Connery Agamemnon
Shelley Duvall Pansy
Katherine Helmond Mrs. Ogre
Ian Holm Napolean
Michael Palin Vincent
Ralph Richardson Supreme Being
Peter Vaughan Ogre
David Warner Evil Genius
David Rappaport Randall
Kenny Baker Fidgit
Jack Purvis Wally
Malcolm Dixon Strutter
Tiny Ross Vermin
Craig Warnock Kevin
David Daker Kevin's Father
Michael Edmonds Og
Irene Lamb Actor
Frances de la Tour Salvation Army Major
Martin Carroll Baxi Brazilla III
Sheila Fearn Kevin's Mother
Jim Broadbent Compere
John Young Reginald
Myrtle Devenish Beryl
Leon Lissek Refugee
Terence Bayler Lucien
Preston Lockwood Neguy
Charles McKeown Theater Manager
David Leland Puppeteer
Derrick O'Connor Robber Leader
Neil McCarthy 2nd Robber
Declan Mulholland 3rd Robber
Peter Jonfield Arm Wrestler
Derek Deadman Robert
Jerold Wells Benson
Marcus Powell Horse Flesh
Winston Dennis Bull-headed Warrior
Del Baker Greek Fighting Warrior
Mark Holmes Troll Father
Andrew Maclachlan Fireman
Tony Jay Supreme Being
Edwin Finn Supreme Being's Face

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Producer,Screenwriter
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Millie Burns Production Designer
Patrick Cassavetti Set Decoration/Design
John Cleese Screenwriter
Julian Doyle Editor
Graham Ford Production Manager
Norman Garwood Art Director
George Harrison Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer
Eric Idle Screenwriter
Irene Lamb Casting
Mike Moran Score Composer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Palin Screenwriter
Neville C. Thompson Associate Producer

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