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
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To lend a more realistic bird-like look to the Jabberwock's leg movements, the monster costume was designed so that actor Peter Salmon had to wear it backwards. The fight between the Jabberwock and the Black Knight was choreographed differently than what we see, but Salmon slipped and fell, and director Terry Gilliam decided this looked so natural that he edited the fight sequence to include the fall. See more »
When the fanatics parade through the village, rolling a huge wooden wheel before them, a stack of camera equipment, partially covered with a blanket, can be seen in the background. See more »
Dennis is hiding in a shadowy alcove removing his nun disguise. As he is illuminated by torchlight he looks back over his shoulder...
Religious Fanatic #1:
Look! It's a nun in the guise of the Devil!
Religious Fanatic #2:
No! It's the Devil in the guise of a nun!
Religious Fanatic #3:
Religious Fanatic #4:
Religious Fanatic #5:
GET THEM BOTH!
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"All characters portrayed in this film are entirely fictitious and bare no resemblance to anyone living or dead, except for one." See more »
A pleasant surprise for those who have heard it sucks
Terry Gilliam's fantasy satire (looks like a spoof, but it's a satire) is halfway between "Holy Grail" and "Time Bandits", and about half as good (which ain't bad). The wit is sardonic, and the story pretty well reverses every rule of the fantasy genre -- a dimwitted "champion", out to secure the hand of his 300+ lb. "princess" by killing the evil Jabberwocky that is making life tough for the local peasantry (but very pleasant for the merchants).
Great photography, decent production values. The direction is very good, and although the script's wit is shining, there are not enough really funny jokes (mostly it's stuff you'd have to think about to laugh at). I particularly like, though, how a lot of the good jokes come out of how the value of something is relative -- Palin carrying around a rotten potato discarded by "Griselda", which he prizes for sentiment, but which the townspeople want for food.
Superior medieval satire shows Gilliam was on the right track towards his masterpieces.
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