Time Bandits (1981) Poster


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Sex & Nudity

  • A couple of very veiled sexual references that young kids probably won't catch.

Violence & Gore

  • A group of small men with swords threaten and grapple with a child.
  • A battle occurs, with modern and futuristic weaponry firing projectiles and rays.
  • Two men arm wrestle and one rips the the others arm off. Not very graphic as it is intended to be comedic but the sound effects could disturb younger children.
  • A man stabs his opponent in self-defense during a heavy swordfight, killing him.
  • 4 or 5 knights are shown bloodlessly impaled on lances. Other men are killed by arrows; no blood.
  • Several people and a dog are magically blown up. We only see and hear explosions with some smoke afterwards.
  • A firing squad shoots several groups of apparently unarmed civilians from a distance. No blood is shown.
  • A stone pillar falls on a man, knocking him (presumably) dead.
  • A man punches several vagrants
  • The Time Bandits deliberately slap and kick each other while singing on stage.


  • Some mild swearing.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The Time Bandits smoke cigars and drink wine on board the Titanic, and they have a bottle of alcohol to celebrate having robbed Napoleon.
  • Napoleon is very drunk moments after promoting the Bandits to generals.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ogre character played by Peter Vaughan maybe quite scary for younger children.
  • A knight on horse back bursts through Kevin's wardrobe and riding about the room.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A Minotaur attacks a man with a club. After the battle the man rips the creatures head off. Not as gruesome as it sounds but could disturb some children.
  • Parents are killed (blown up) in front of the child/main character in the end, and shown as smoldering blocks of char. The kid is standing alone, abandoned, and the film ends!

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