Time BanditsDirector: Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall
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.
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Cast & Crew
|James Acheson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Millie Burns||Production Designer|
|Patrick Cassavetti||Set Decoration/Design|
|Graham Ford||Production Manager|
|Norman Garwood||Art Director|
|George Harrison||Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer|
|Mike Moran||Score Composer|
|Denis O'Brien||Executive Producer|
|Neville C. Thompson||Associate Producer|
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Director Terry Gilliam(Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, etc) must have been touched by the hands of a half-mad/ half-brilliant god when he envisioned 'Time Bandits'. Unlike any film, before or since, Time Bandits blends social satire, off beat humor and a wildly imaginitive plot seamlessly together. When a young british boy, disillusioned by the materialistic and vapid world in which he resides, spirals further into his own imagination he gets more than he bargains for. Whisked away by a band of time-travelling midgets, he is quickly caught up in the eternal struggle between the forces of darkness and light which leads him, and his new found cohorts, from one period in history to another. Brilliantly cast with a revolving door of cameos(John Cleese, Sean Connery, etc) this film is a TKO for any true film buff or others who simply enjoy the offbeat. Tragically overlooked, Time Bandits deserves a spot among the best 100 films ever made.
This is a classic and is even better in Blu-ray.
Time Bandits is an original, imaginative creation of Terry Gilliam, supported by several of his Monty Python associates and a cast of little people. Criterion has done a great job in presenting the film in pristine condition with fine sound and worthy extra features and a commentary track. I only wish this film could be presented at a lower aspect ratio such as 1.66:1 - It was originally shot full-frame and some of the visual treats show up above and below the theatrical-release top and bottom of the picture when projected at 1.85:1, the format for this release. Don't miss this one!