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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 overview, first billed only:
Harry H. Corbett ...
The Squire
The Chamberlain
The Other Squire
John Bird ...
1st Herald
The Landlord
3rd Merchant
Peter Cellier ...
1st Merchant
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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fight between the Jabberwock and the Black Knight was choreographed differently than what is shown in the film. When Peter Salmon slipped and fell, Terry Gilliam decided it looked so natural that he edited the fight sequence to include the fall. See more »


At the end of the film, visible wires hold up the monster's head. See more »


King Bruno the Questionable: Guards... kill that man...
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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 »


Referenced in What Is Brazil? (1985) See more »


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Music by John Leach
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A pleasant surprise for those who have heard it sucks
27 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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