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Time Bandits (1981)

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A young boy accidently joins a band of dwarves as they jump from time-period to time-period looking for treasure to steal.

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Storyline

Kevin, an imaginative child, goes on a time-travelling adventure with a bunch of treasure-hunting dwarves, who have "borrowed" a map to the Universe's time holes from The Supreme Being. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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evil | map | fortress | treasure | dwarf | See more »

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...they didn't make history, they stole it! See more »


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Release Date:

6 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Time Bandits  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,365,600 (USA)
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Trivia

49-year-old Ian Holm plays the 26-year-old Napoléon Bonaparte. See more »

Goofs

Right after Randall breaks the glass separating them from the fortress, he is shown taking the map back. And then the immediate next scene, from overhead, shows him doing the exact same motion again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Kevin's Father: Oh?
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Kevin: Dad, did you know that the ancient Greek warriors ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits the scene where the Bandits have their photo taken is replayed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Guitarist Amplification (2009) See more »

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Music by Jill Answell
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Not only my favorite Terry Gilliam movie, but my favorite movie!
24 September 1999 | by (Maine, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is the funniest movie I have ever seen. When it was on cable, we watched it about 20 times and I have worn out two tapes of it. There are so many levels of enjoyment. The sets are great, the effects are wondrous, the storyline is wacky, the combination of veteran actors and new faces is perfection. The dialog is a riot and you will find quotes from this movie everywhere, which thrills me to death! I love all the actors that played the dwarfs, especially David Rappaport who played Randall and also loved his TV show "The Wizard" that was treated so shabbily. We often find ourselves saying, "Remember when Evil said this, and when Og said that?" Or laughly wonder what condition Pansy's boyfriend, Vincent, had that needed fruit? The Napoleon scene alone is enough to cause you to break a rib from laughter. I guarantee that if you have a funnybone at all, you will love this movie! Run, don't walk to the nearest video rental store!


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