Time Bandits (1981)

All the dreams you've ever had - and not just the good ones...

Original Title : Time Bandits
Director : Terry Gilliam
Writer : Terry Gilliam
Michael Palin
Genre : Fantasy
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Terry Gilliam , George Harrison , Denis O'Brien , Neville C. Thompson
Music : George Harrison
Trevor Jones
Mike Moran
Photography : Peter Biziou
Distributor : AVCO Embassy Pictures [us]
IMDB ID : 0081633
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ÂJohn Cleese Robin Hood
ÂSean Connery King Agamemnon
ÂSean Connery King Agamemnon


A young boy's wardrobe contains a time hole. Through this hole an assortment of short people (i.e. dwarfs) come while escaping from their master, the supreme being. They take Kevin with them on their adventures through time from Napoleonic times to the Middle Ages to the early 1900s, to the time of Legends and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness where they confront Evil.


this is as good as it gets In the world of sci-fi comedy this is as good as it gets.I have to admit that I'm a lifelong fan of little people in movies, and I'm in the beginning stages of writing a book about this subject.If anyone is in touch with David Rappaport, Jack Purvis, or any of the other little people actors involved, please get in touch at my email adress above.That said, I'd like to lambast the comment that was posted on IMDB saying Sean Connery contributed the low note to the film.I'm not sure which movie that guy was watching.I'm not the hugest Connery fan (especially his lame modern movies, Entrapment was just awful) but in this role he had the right warmth, humor, and power to play Agammemnon.This movie is very silly, and that' all part of the fun, so I don't think it was a method performance or anything like that, OK?, give the guy a break.Connery had been way too serious up to that point in his career.Anyway, I love all the actors, Gilliam is as usually absolutely perfect and very inventive.This is the best "midget" movie of all time (yes, even better than the Wizard of Oz and Under the Rainbow) because it shows the little people as real human beings.Even though there is not much time for characterization given the huge cast of character actors/cameo stars, each of the bandits has his own personality that contributes to the chemistry of the group.The boy who plays Kevin is pretty bad, but I never think the term "actor" should be applied to children. A final note:I could swear that when I first saw this movie in Virginia when it came out (I was 6) the soundtrack on the movie included "Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton John.This might just be the effect of my youth at the time, I don't know but if anyone else remembers this, let me know, OK?:)
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