Jabberwocky (1977)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  15 April 1977 (USA)
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A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett ...
The Squire
The Chamberlain
Max Wall ...
The Other Squire
John Bird ...
1st Herald
The Landlord
Anthony Carrick ...
3rd Merchant
Peter Cellier ...
1st Merchant
Deborah Fallender ...
The Princess
Derek Francis ...
Man with Rock
Neil Innes ...
2nd Herald


After the death of his father the young cooper 'Dennis Cooper' goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called 'Jabberwocky'. Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster? A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour. Written by Gunter Doege <doege@math.tu-dresden.de>

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15 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras em Terras do Rei Bruno, o Discutível  »

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Gilliam's first solo venture
10 August 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A hit-and-miss post-Python affair, directed by Terry Gilliam and featuring former teammates Terry Jones (briefly) and Michael Palin (throughout), alongside a Who's Who of British comedy including Max Wall, Bernard Bresslaw, Harry H Corbett, John Bird, Neil Innes, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Graham Crowden, and others.

Jabberwocky starts off in a promising way, using the Lewis Carroll poem plus gory visuals as the monster claims its first victim. After that it meanders along with the story of Dennis the cooper (a caricature very like Python's Arthur Pewtey) as he goes to the big city in search of fame and fortune. Max Wall is delightfully funny as King Bruno the Questionable, but several of the gags fall flat and are just too silly to be funny.

All this aside, it was a fine idea, done on a shoe-string budget, and has a lot of good amongst the dross. Remembered with affection.

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