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Time Bandits (1981)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robin Hood
... King Agamemnon / Fireman
... Dame Pansy / Pansy
... Mrs. Ogre
... Napoleon
... Vincent
... Supreme Being
... Winston the Ogre
... Evil
... Randall
... Fidgit
... Strutter
... Og
... Wally
... Vermin
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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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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

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Release Date:

6 November 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aikavarkaat  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,507,356, 8 November 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,365,581
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the screenplay, when the Supreme Being chases after Kevin and the gang, He initially appeared as a "classical" depiction of God: robes, white beard, et cetera. A picture of this version of the Supreme Being appears in a published book of the screenplay, suggesting the Supreme Being scenes were filmed as written, but ultimately the "classical" depiction was replaced with the "floating head" version of the Supreme Being seen in the film. See more »

Goofs

Although the movie reports Napoléon Bonaparte's height as 5 feet 2 inches correctly, this was actually in pre-metric French units, which would be 5 feet 6 inches in British-American units - an above-average height for a 19th-century Frenchman who would therefore not be as sensitive about his height as the movie portrays. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Goldbergs: Just Say No (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream Away
(uncredited)
Written by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison, Dave Mattacks, Alan Jones, Mike Moran, Ray Cooper, Billy Preston, Syreeta, and Sarah Ricor
Produced by George Harrison, Ray Cooper, and Phil McDonald
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Great stuff given us by the Pythoners and Mr. Harrison.
15 December 2003 | by 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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