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

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


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Release Date:

6 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aikavarkaat  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,365,600 (USA)
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Trivia

Jonathan Pryce was offered the role of the Evil Genius but was unavailable owing to his commitment to Loophole (1981). Pryce got the lead role in Terry Gilliam's next film Brazil (1985). See more »

Goofs

During the climax battle, the "5" on the spaceship's tail is backwards for one frame, revealing the usage of a mirror image. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Kevin's Mother: Morrisons have got one that can do that in eight seconds.
Kevin's Father: Oh?
Kevin's Mother: Block of ice to Beef Bourguignon in eight seconds. Lucky things.
Kevin: Dad, did you know that the ancient Greek warriors ...
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Crazy Credits

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Dungeon of Horror
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Music by Trevor Jones
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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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