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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 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 John Bird ... 1st Herald
Bernard Bresslaw ... The Landlord
Anthony Carrick ... 3rd Merchant
Peter Cellier Peter Cellier ... 1st Merchant
Deborah Fallender ... The Princess
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Bishop
Terry Gilliam ... Man with Rock
Neil Innes Neil Innes ... 2nd Herald
Terry Jones ... Poacher
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Storyline

After the death of his father the young cooper 'Dennis Cooper' 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 humour. Written by Gunter Doege <doege@math.tu-dresden.de>

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Taglines:

Jabberwocky: the monster so horrible that people caught the plague to avoid it See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras em Terras do Rei Bruno, o Discutível See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sequence in the armory was done in a single day. See more »

Goofs

Potatoes originated in the Andes, in South America. They were introduced to Europe in the middle of the 16th century, and were a staple food about 100 years later, well after the feudal era. See more »

Quotes

[he is pooping into the lake, and he does not seem embarrassed about it at all]
Mr. Fishfinger: Oh, hello Dennis! You've got garbage all over your vest. You really ought to look after your appearance, you know. Very bad for business.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in What Is Brazil? (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Fantastique
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Music by Hector Berlioz
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A pleasant surprise for those who have heard it sucks
27 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Terry Gilliam's fantasy satire (looks like a spoof, but it's a satire) is halfway between "Holy Grail" and "Time Bandits", and about half as good (which ain't bad). The wit is sardonic, and the story pretty well reverses every rule of the fantasy genre -- a dimwitted "champion", out to secure the hand of his 300+ lb. "princess" by killing the evil Jabberwocky that is making life tough for the local peasantry (but very pleasant for the merchants).

Great photography, decent production values. The direction is very good, and although the script's wit is shining, there are not enough really funny jokes (mostly it's stuff you'd have to think about to laugh at). I particularly like, though, how a lot of the good jokes come out of how the value of something is relative -- Palin carrying around a rotten potato discarded by "Griselda", which he prizes for sentiment, but which the townspeople want for food.

Superior medieval satire shows Gilliam was on the right track towards his masterpieces.


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