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 ...Read MoreA 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. Judd Blaise, RoviRead Less
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TITLE: Time Bandits
GENRE: Fantasy, time travel and the Supreme Being
CAST:Craig Warnick, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, Jack Purvis Tiny Ross, David Warner, Michael Palin, Shelley Duvall, John Cleese, Sean Connery, Ian Holm, Katherine Helmond andRalph Richardson
PLOT: Six of he Supreme Being's lower echelon creators steal the map to time. They pick up a tag-a-long young boy on their adventure to steal the great objects of history. Evil incarnate happens to finnagle the map away from them and someone comes to the rescue.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9 of 10; As a diversion fantasy and a child's amusement vehicle, you can't do much better than this. The twists on events is entertaining as you might expect from the writer/director, Terry Gilliam, who brings Pyhtonesque humor to the big screen for the first sucessful time.
DVD BONUS: Theatrical trailer
ADDED NOTES: This was produced (funded) by the Beatles's George Harrison who contributes a new bit of music that plays during the closing credits.