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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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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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...they didn't make history, they stole it! See more »


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6 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aikavarkaat  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,365,600 (USA)
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Trivia

When the Evil Genius has captured the Time Bandits in the cage, he walks up the stairs. It is not David Warner but a double, because Warner suffers from vertigo. See more »

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The old poor woman in line steps up to Robin Hood twice. See more »

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Kevin's Father: Oh?
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Me And My Shadow
Arranged by John Du Prez
Composed by Billy Rose (as Rose), Al Jolson (as Jolson) and Dave Dreyer (as Dreyer)
Published by Francis Day & Hunter
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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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