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Time Bandits (1981)

A young boy accidentally joins a band of time traveling dwarves as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal.

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Storyline

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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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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Aikavarkaat  »

Box Office

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,365,600 (USA)
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Terry Gilliam hadn't directed in years, and his first day back behind the camera took place on top of a mountain in Morocco in 130-degree heat. After struggling to get things right, Sean Connery helped by strongly suggesting to his director that he shoot his parts first and let him leave before working with Craig Warnock, who was living through his first day ever on a movie set. Connery also informed Gilliam they would deal with the star actually getting on the horse during post-production. See more »

Goofs

When the cowboys lasso Evil, one of the ropes is draped over his shoulder. But in the next shot, all of the ropes are secured around his shoulders. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) See more »

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Music by Jill Answell
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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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