Time Bandits

Time Bandits

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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
UPC: 0014381658422
Original Release: 1981
Rating: PG
Source: Image Entertainment
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:51:00

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Time Bandits
1. Chapter 1 [4:58]
2. Chapter 2 [8:57]
3. Chapter 3 [7:47]
4. Chapter 4 [4:19]
5. Chapter 5 [10:39]
6. Chapter 6 [6:12]
7. Chapter 7 [7:32]
8. Chapter 8 [4:50]
9. Chapter 9 [6:31]
10. Chapter 10 [1:38]
11. Chapter 11 [4:21]
12. Chapter 12 [5:14]
13. Chapter 13 [3:26]
14. Chapter 14 [8:12]
15. Chapter 15 [7:51]
16. Chapter 16 [12:38]

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Time Bandits 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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This is a classic and is even better in Blu-ray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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