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Director:
Writers:
Michael Palin (written by) &
Terry Gilliam (written by)
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Release Date:
6 November 1981 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
All the dreams you've ever had and not just the good ones See more »
Plot:
A young boy accidentally joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great stuff given us by the Pythoners and Mr. Harrison. See more (182 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cleese ... Robin Hood

Sean Connery ... King Agamemnon / Fireman

Shelley Duvall ... Dame Pansy / Pansy

Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Ogre

Ian Holm ... Napoleon

Michael Palin ... Vincent

Ralph Richardson ... Supreme Being

Peter Vaughan ... Winston the Ogre

David Warner ... Evil

David Rappaport ... Randall

Kenny Baker ... Fidgit

Malcolm Dixon ... Strutter

Mike Edmonds ... Og

Jack Purvis ... Wally

Tiny Ross ... Vermin
Craig Warnock ... Kevin

David Daker ... Kevin's Father
Sheila Fearn ... Kevin's Mother

Jim Broadbent ... Compere
John Young ... Reginald
Myrtle Devenish ... Beryl
Brian Bowes ... Knight / Hussar

Leon Lissek ... 1st Refugee

Terence Bayler ... Lucien
Preston Lockwood ... Neguy

Charles McKeown ... Theatre Manager
David Leland ... Puppeteer
John Hughman ... The Great Rumbozo

Derrick O'Connor ... Robber Leader

Neil McCarthy ... 2nd Robber
Declan Mulholland ... 3rd Robber
Peter Jonfield ... Arm Wrestler
Derek Deadman ... Robert
Jerold Wells ... Benson
Roger Frost ... Cartwright
Martin Carroll ... Baxi Brazilia III
Marcus Powell ... Horseflesh

Winston Dennis ... Bull-headed Warrior
Del Baker ... Greek Fighting Warrior
Juliette James ... Greek Queen
Ian Muir ... Giant
Mark Holmes ... Troll Father
Andrew MacLachlan ... Fireman
Chris Grant ... TV announcer (voice)

Tony Jay ... Supreme Being (voice)
Edwin Finn ... Supreme Being's Face

Directed by
Terry Gilliam 
 
Writing credits
Michael Palin (written by) &
Terry Gilliam (written by)

Produced by
Terry Gilliam .... producer
George Harrison .... executive producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
Neville C. Thompson .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Moran 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Julian Doyle 
 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
 
Production Design by
Milly Burns 
 
Art Direction by
Norman Garwood 
 
Costume Design by
James Acheson  (as Jim Acheson)
 
Makeup Department
Elaine Carew .... hairdresser
Elaine Carew .... makeup artist
Sue Ignatius .... assistant makeup artist (as Sue Frear)
Ken Lintott .... wigs and beards maker (as Kenneth Lintott)
Maggie Weston .... hairdresser
Maggie Weston .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Graham Ford .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Cooper .... third assistant director
Julian Doyle .... second unit director
Simon Hinkly .... first assistant director
Chris Thompson .... third assistant director
Guy Travers .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Celia Barnett .... assistant art director
Les Beaver .... rigger
Frank Billington-Marks .... storeman (as Frank Marks)
Geoff Rivers Bland .... sculptor
Dennis Bovington .... carpenter
Karen Brookes .... production buyer
Graham Bullock .... stand-by painter
John Cole .... stand-by props
Steve Cooper .... draughtsman
Ron Cowan .... drapes
Douglas Cox .... stand-by stagehand
John Davey .... painter
Len Day .... supervising carpenter
Bob Devine .... carpenter (as Robert Devine)
Dave Everall .... rigger
Mick Fisher .... carpenter (as Micky Fisher)
Steve Fitzwater .... carpenter
Norman Fletcher .... carpenter
Peter Grant .... property master
Alan Grenham .... stand-by painter
Richard Harris .... rigger
Gary Hedges .... carpenter
Craig Hillier .... stand-by carpenter
Robert Mason .... painter (as Bob Mason)
Michael Melia .... plasterer
Eric Nash .... plasterer
Bruce Newell .... plasterer
Dave Newton .... stand-by props
Raymond Perry .... dressing props (as Ray Perry)
Jim Taylor .... plasterer (as James Taylor)
Peter Verard .... construction manager
Laurie Warburton .... sculptor
Steve Wheeler .... prop dresser
Dave Wiggins .... stand-by rigger
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Philip Chubb .... sound maintenance
Dino Di Campo .... footsteps editor
Bob Doyle .... boom operator
Stan Fiferman .... dubbing editor (as Stanley Fiferman)
Mike Hopkins .... dialogue editor
Garth Marshall .... sound mixer
Brian Paxton .... dubbing mixer
John Richards .... sound engineer
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jon Bunker .... special effects senior technician (as John Bunker)
Lewis Coleman .... special effects modeller
Robert Harman .... wireman (as Bob Harman)
Ross King .... special effects technician
Chris Ostwald .... special effects runner
Christine Overs .... special effects modeller (as Chris Overs)
Andrew Thompson .... special effects consultant (as Andy Thompson)
Chris Verner .... special effects consultant
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Caple .... matte paintings
Valerie Charlton .... modelmaker (as Val Charlton)
Dennis De Groot .... assistant optical effects
Carol De Jong .... assistant modelmaker
Julian Doyle .... model photography
Alex Harwood .... assistant modelmaker (as Alix Harwood)
Kent Houston .... optical effects
Tim Ollive .... assistant optical effects
Jean Ramsey .... assistant modelmaker
Behira Thraves .... assistant modelmaker
Paul Whitbread .... optical effects
Jon Sorensen .... visual effects camera (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Brian Bowes .... stunts: Knight/Hussar
Peter Brayham .... stunt arranger
Terry Yorke .... stunt arranger
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Andrews .... grip: second unit
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Chuck Finch .... best boy
Freddy Fry .... grip (as Freddie Fry)
Simon Fulford .... clapper loader
David Garfath .... camera operator
Simon Haveland .... clapper loader: second unit
Brian Herlihy .... focus puller: second unit
Stewart Monteith .... electrician (as Stuart Monteith)
Reg Parsons .... gaffer
Roy Rodhouse .... gaffer
Bob Stilwell .... focus puller
Tug Wilson .... electrician
Kevin Brookner .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Brian Ellis .... focus puller: "b" camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Cattermole .... costumer
Hazel Côté .... associate costume designer
Gilly Hebden .... wardrobe assistant
Stephen Miles .... assistant costume designer (as T. Stephen Miles)
Day Murch .... wardrobe assistant (as Dai Murch)
Dorothea Smylie .... wardrobe mistress
Dorothy Williams .... costumer
Tony Williams .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Rodney Glenn .... assistant editor
Adam Unger .... second assistant editor
 
Location Management
Patrick Cassavetti .... location manager
 
Music Department
Ray Cooper .... music producer
Ray Cooper .... musician: percussion sequences
George Harrison .... composer: additional music
Trevor Jones .... composer: Greek dance music
Mike Moran .... orchestrator
Harry Rabinowitz .... musical director
Ray Cooper .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Brian Brookner .... unit driver
Tony Hocking .... unit driver
Charles Wholton .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brian Bailey .... accountant
Linda Bruce .... production assistant
Geraldine Dunn .... accounts secretary
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Mike Hearst .... supplier: "Og the Pig"
Rachel Neale .... assistant to producer
Steve Parker .... production runner
Ray Parsons .... assistant accountant
Ray Scott .... troll maker
John Styles .... puppet show
Joan Woodgate .... supplier: "Benson the dog"
Michael Yell .... assistant accountant
 
Thanks
Simon Burridge .... special thanks
Shirley Draffan .... special thanks
Peter Simms .... special thanks
Yvette Warnock .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
116 min | USA:110 min | Japan:103 min (original release)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Canada:PG | Finland:K-11 (VET id: 90845) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:12 | Italy:T | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #26508) | West Germany:6 (f)

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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the dwarfs are finding a way into the keep of Castiglione, a party of 5 people can be seen executed. In the next shot, the movie goes back to the dwarfs as they are entering the keep.. The following shot, you see the same 5 people getting executed again, only from a closer angle.See more »
Quotes:
[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 had to learn 44 different ways of unarmed combat?
[...]
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28 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Great stuff given us by the Pythoners and Mr. Harrison., 15 December 2003
Author: Bolt Quartermane from East Bengal, Maine, United Flakes o' Awmarewica

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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