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Time Bandits (1981)

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A young boy accidentally joins a band of 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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treasure | map | fortress | evil | dwarf | See All (62) »

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All the dreams you've ever had and not just the good ones See more »


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6 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,365,600 (USA)
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, Terry Gilliam shot the film in low camera angles throughout in order to give the audience the perspective of a dwarf or a child, the heroes of Time Bandits (1981). See more »

Goofs

Numerous inaccuracies in the "historical" scenes. The film means to depict history as visualized by a well-read 11-year-old, not a formally trained historian. This is consistent with the theme of whimsical, casual time travel wherein history is deliberately contaminated. See more »

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[first lines]
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Kevin's Mother: Morrisons have got one that can do that in eight seconds.
Kevin's Father: Oh?
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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 »

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Music by Trevor Jones
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Apparently, this is a boyish fantasy film with time travel and knights in armor. But in reality it is a lesson in theodicy - the problem of evil.
23 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Only David Warner can play the Devil himself with evil relish and yet manage to elicit some sympathy for that fallen angel. His lines are memorable, for indeed, why should a Supreme Being create such an abominable creature as a slug? The Devil just wants a perfect world and he gets hilarious when he says just how (e.g. digital telephones for everyone, fiberoptic telecommunications, etc.) This should remind us of older religious traditions' belief in a Malevolent Being that began existence as a partner of God in creation (cf. Zoroastrianism, Gnosticism, etc.) Apparently, the two had some disagreements on just what the fabric of the universe should be, hence the parting of ways. This also brings to mind Carl Anderrson in his role as Judas in Jesus Christ, Superstar when he asked why the Messiah chose that wretched time in that forsaken land to deliver his message. Jesus should have come in the 20th century with the spread of mass communication. Rantings by the characters played both by Warner and Anderrson are obviously false and yet so much fun and funny.

My two little boys enjoyed the film and to my surprise, so did I.


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