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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:
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Harry H. Corbett ...
The Squire
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The Chamberlain
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Max Wall ...
Rodney Bewes ...
The Other Squire
John Bird ...
1st Herald
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The Landlord
Anthony Carrick ...
3rd Merchant
Peter Cellier ...
1st Merchant
Deborah Fallender ...
The Princess
Derek Francis ...
Bishop
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Man with Rock
Neil Innes ...
2nd Herald
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Poacher
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Storyline

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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monster | kingdom | forest | shield | castle | See more »

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15 April 1977 (USA)  »

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Jabberwocky  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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In the Princess' nude scene, she obviously has modern tan lines. See more »

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Dennis: 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: Get her!
Religious Fanatic #4: Get him!
Religious Fanatic #5: GET THEM BOTH!
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Crazy Credits

"All characters portrayed in this film are entirely fictitious and bare no resemblance to anyone living or dead, except for one." See more »

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Featured in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

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Breath of Fire
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Music by Pierre Arvay
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My...God!
30 April 2007 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

Jabberwocky has more gore and mayhem than a mace fight, and that is its theme, purely and simply. It's an ode to carnivorous, vicious, rampaging monsters, exploding people, dismemberment, impalement, et cetera. The climax is met after what seems like endless rising action, loaded to the brim with blood and guts. That is its charm.

The cinematography is grainy and bad, almost on purpose, but it's definitely not charming. What Terry Gilliam gives this film that works so well is a great intensity in its pace. It begins fairly slowly, but it sneaks up on you and accosts you.

Its sense of humor is one of the most morbid I've ever experienced, and it's very funny, I must say. All of the things I said this film is an ode to are at some point played for laughs at least a handful of times in Jabberwocky.

I suppose the verdict on Jabberwocky is that it's not a great film and it's not one that I care to see again, b ut during the time I was watching it, I was laughing and I was successfully bashed by its intense outpour of action, violence, and excitement, all in wonderfully bad taste.


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