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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 John Bird ... 1st Herald
Bernard Bresslaw ... The Landlord
Anthony Carrick ... 3rd Merchant
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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Certificate:

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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 monster costume was designed so that actor Peter Salmon had to wear it backwards, to make the Jabberwock's leg movements more bird-like. 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 »

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Music by Paul Lewis
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Well worth viewing, and viewing again!
22 January 2003 | by digitariaSee all my reviews

A Python spin-off, owing much to the earlier 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail', Jabberwocky is a fine film in its own right, featuring a tremendous cast of British stalwarts, a regrettably high percentage of whom have since died. Harry H Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Max Wall, Bernard Bresslaw and Brian Glover all feature and none is still with us.

Disinherited by his father and therefore unable to win the hand of the appalling Griselda Fishfinger, who snacks on raw potatoes, gormless but optimistic Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin) sets off for the city to make his fortune. The city is somewhat under siege by the vicious Jabberwock(y), a beast influenced by Lewis Carrol's doggerel poem of the same name. Dennis, in the time-honoured tradition, is ultimately required to rid the city of the threat and accordingly claim half of King Bruno the Questionable's creaking kingdom and the hand in marriage of his beautiful daughter, notwithstanding the dubious but apparently lingering attractions of 'Greasy' Griselda.

The riotous succession of eccentric characters encountered along the way is what it's all about, of course, with a memorable string of ridiculous situations and occurrences and liberal spattering of mud and gore to be undergone. This film rewards repeated viewing, when previously unappreciated subtleties emerge. The Fishfinger family's changing attitude to Dennis, according to his perceived fortunes, Dennis narrowly escaping death or serious injury on a regular basis, Gordon Kaye appearing briefly, dressed inexplicably as a nun, the kingdom by degrees collapsing, there's a beggar who attracts charity by means of auto-amputation, street-racing merchants, the King displaying only intermittent episodes of lucidity, characters who step out of line are suddenly and brutally eliminated - it's all great fun.

Jabberwocky is less well known than the pure Python films, but none the worse for that.


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