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Time Bandits (1981)

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A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.


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A young boy's wardrobe contains a time hole. Through this hole an assortment of short people (i.e. dwarfs) come while escaping from their master, the supreme being. They take Kevin with them on their adventures through time from Napoleonic times to the Middle Ages to the early 1900s, to the time of Legends and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness where they confront Evil. Written by Zaphod <aaa@scs.leeds.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

6 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aikavarkaat  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,507,356, 8 November 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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On the Special Edition DVD, Terry Gilliam explains why Marcus Powell is still credited as Horseflesh, even though he apparently never appears on camera. Horseflesh is actually visible in one scene, standing next to David Warner as he gazes into the bowl of water to track the Time Bandits. See more »


After Kevin and the bandits escape with the map from Evil, Kevin says: "...I'll divert them..." but his lips do not move. See more »


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My favorite film of all time.
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This is THE definitive work on the nature of good and evil. It asks the age old question: Who is the Supreme Being, and what is it exactly that he wants from us? Terry Gilliam gives us a morality tale wrapped inside a an epic poem seen in the guise of an abstract painting.

As a film, all the seperate elements are perfect, and blended together seemlessly by the hand of the maestro Gilliam. It is not only a brilliant comedy, but an enthralling story as well. This is a film that sparks discussion and debate that goes on well into the night.

It is the rarest of all cinematic creatures-- a movie that is a genuine pleasure to watch and one that makes you think.

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