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Jabberwocky (1977)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harry H. Corbett ...
The Squire
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The Chamberlain
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The Other Squire
John Bird ...
1st Herald
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The Landlord
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3rd Merchant
Peter Cellier ...
1st Merchant
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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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Before "Time Bandits"... Before "The Missionary"... But not before breakfast... See more »


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15 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras em Terras do Rei Bruno, o Discutível  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The monster costume was designed so that actor Peter Salmon had to wear it backwards, to make the Jabberwock's leg movements more bird-like. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #29.7 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Breath of Fire
(uncredited)
Music by Pierre Arvay
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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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