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Time Bandits (1981)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  6 November 1981 (USA)
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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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...they didn't make history, they stole it! See more »


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Release Date:

6 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aikavarkaat  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$42,365,600 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gilda Radner was considered for the role of Mrs. Ogre. See more »


When Redgrave (Derrick O'Connor) arrives at Robin Hood's camp after meeting the time bandits, he crosses a bridge and swats a peasant with his coat. In the next scene he does exactly the same thing. See more »


[first lines]
Announcer: Yes, folks... Moderna Designs present the latest in kitchen luxury. The Moderna Wonder Major All Automatic Convenience Center-ette gives you all the time in the world to do the things you really want to do... An infrared freezer-oven complex that can make you a meal from packet to plate in 15 1/2 seconds.
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

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


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »


Dream Away
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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Great stuff given us by the Pythoners and Mr. Harrison.
15 December 2003 | by (East Bengal, Maine, United Flakes o' Awmarewica) – See all my reviews

Pure loving, scary, wonderful fantasy that Disney, Bluthe and all the rest have been trying to do their whole existence, and George and pals go out and do it the first time. Who cares what people whom surely need counseling think, and give it anything less than a 10? A true gift from the most talented Beatle and two of Python's best.-----BQ

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