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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Terry Gilliam interview; Trailer
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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: 8/24/2010
  • UPC: 014381663358
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: A
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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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
Del Baker Greek Fighting Warrior
Terence Bayler Lucien
Jim Broadbent Compere
Martin Carroll Baxi Brazilla III
David Daker Kevin's Father
Frances de la Tour Salvation Army Major
Derek Deadman Robert
Winston Dennis Bull-headed Warrior
Myrtle Devenish Beryl
Michael Edmonds Og
Sheila Fearn Kevin's Mother
Edwin Finn Supreme Being's Face
Mark Holmes Troll Father
Tony Jay Voice Only
Peter Jonfield Arm Wrestler
Irene Lamb
David Leland Puppeteer
Leon Lissek Refugee
Preston Lockwood Neguy
Andrew Maclachlan Fireman
Neil McCarthy 2nd Robber
Charles McKeown Theater Manager
Declan Mulholland 3rd Robber
Derrick O'Connor Robber Leader
Marcus Powell Horse Flesh
Jerold Wells Benson
John Young Reginald
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Cult Classic Unlike Anything Else!

    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.

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