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
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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Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras em Terras do Rei Bruno, o Discutível  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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Harold Goodwin's final appearance in a theatrically released film. He spent the rest of his career in television. See more »


The princess has modern tan lines in her nude scene. See more »


Narrator: It is the middle of the dark ages, ages darker than anyone had ever expected.
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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 »


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Music by Eric Allen and Frank Reidy
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Not Python
16 February 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I think the mistake a lot of people make is to see this as another Python film. It isn't, and one of the reasons it improves with each viewing is that you come to realise that. In contrast to "Holy Grail" which is essentially a series of sketches, this is a proper film with its own rules and a style which is based much more on gentle whimsy and sly satire than in-your-face Pythonesque clowning.

High points are the cast of veteran British comedy and music hall actors - what a lovely swansong this is for the likes of Max Wall, Harry H Corbett and John le Measurier - the attention to detail, which is quite remarkable, and the constant reversal of expectations. And I love the deadpan little touches like John le Measurier addressing the King as "Darling".

This and "Time Bandits" are my favourite Gilliam movies, I always feel he works better on a small budget where his imagination has to do the work, rather than the somewhat overblown likes of "Brazil"

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