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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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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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6 November 1981 (USA)  »

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Time Bandits  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,365,600 (USA)
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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

When Wally is finished cutting the sections of rope from the cage, you can see that the cut section is about two feet long. However, when the rope begins to break while they are swinging Strutter to the next cage, the cut section is only about 6 inches. See more »

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Kevin's Father: Oh?
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Dream Away
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Written by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison, Dave Mattacks, Alan Jones, Mike Moran,
Ray Cooper, Billy Preston, Syreeta and Sarah Ricor
Produced by George Harrison, Ray Cooper and Phil McDonald
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My favorite film of all time.
26 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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