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Jabberwocky (1977)

A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.

Director:

Terry Gilliam

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (poem) (as Rev. Charles Dodgson), Charles Alverson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Palin ... Dennis Cooper
Harry H. Corbett ... The Squire
John Le Mesurier ... The Chamberlain
Warren Mitchell ... Mr. Fishfinger
Max Wall ... King Bruno the Questionable
Rodney Bewes ... The Other Squire
John Bird ... 1st Herald
Bernard Bresslaw ... The Landlord
Antony Carrick ... 3rd Merchant (as Anthony Carrick)
Peter Cellier ... 1st Merchant
Deborah Fallender ... The Princess
Derek Francis ... Bishop
Terry Gilliam ... Man with Rock
Neil Innes ... 2nd Herald
Terry Jones ... Poacher
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Storyline

After the death of his father the young cooper, Dennis Cooper (Sir Michael Palin), goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called "Jabberwocky". Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster? A medieval tale with Pythonesque humor. Written by Gunter Doege <doege@math.tu-dresden.de>

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The outrageous comedy that leaves it all behind See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #903. See more »

Goofs

When the fanatics parade through the village, rolling a huge wooden wheel before them, a stack of camera equipment, partially covered with a blanket, is visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

King Bruno the Questionable: Guards... kill that man...
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Crazy Credits

"All characters portrayed in this film are entirely fictitious and bare no resemblance to anyone living or dead, except for one." See more »

Alternate Versions

A single instance of the use of the word "buggers" had to be removed in order for the film to receive an 'A' (PG) certificate in the UK. Later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Frightened Man
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Music by Pierre Arvay
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medieval buffoonery
27 October 2003 | by sabaloSee all my reviews

I was flicking through the stations looking for my favourite type of film - low budget comedies and b movies. Lucky me to find Jabberwocky!

I missed the beginning but soon realised I had strayed upon a gem of a film. Michael Palin in a ridiculous outfit in a filthy wretched medieval city! The scenery is perfect and on one level is quite realistic. Starving people, outside 'toilets' and general squalor - but this is a comedy and the characters are hilarious!!!

I noticed Warren Mitchel (Alf Garnet) and Bernard Bresslaw (from the Carry On's) in there too making for a very funny film

There are many memorable scenes and the humour is in a monty python style with plenty of slapstick and toilet humour

The low budget wasn't really noticable, and I thought overall had a more produced feel than the holy grail which really was low budget film!

I would definately recommend this film to anyone who likes crazy off beat comedies

Its not exactly a kids film because its gory in places and the princess at one point seems to lose her clothes, but older kids will probably love it... a bit like how the Goonies was almost too scary to be a kids film

I give it 5 turnips out of 5


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jabberwocky See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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