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Time Bandits

Time Bandits

John Cleese
Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: John Cleese
John Cleese
, Sean Connery
Sean Connery
, Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall
Terry Gilliam
Time Bandits

Time Bandits

John Cleese
Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: John Cleese
John Cleese
, Sean Connery
Sean Connery
, Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall
Terry Gilliam

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy's encounters with various historical figures, including an entertainment-starved Napoleon (Ian Holm), a powerful Agamemnon (Sean Connery), and a surprisingly stuffy Robin Hood, embodied by Gilliam's Python cohort John Cleese. Episodic by nature, the film is less successful when dealing with the larger narrative, which concerns the pursuit of the dwarves and their time-traveling map by the Supreme Being. However, the combination of Gilliam's visual exuberance and the witty script (by Gilliam and Michael Palin) ensures an entertaining, if erratic, journey.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2014
UPC: 0715515133210
Original Release: 1981
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Time: 1:56:00
Sales rank: 8,600

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Terry Gilliam, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack; Audio commentary featuring Gilliam, cowriter-actor Michael Palin, and actors John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock; New piece, narrated by film writer David Morgan, featuring production designer Milly Burns and costume designer James Acheson discussing the creation of the film's historical periods and fantasy worlds; Conversation between Gilliam and film scholar Peter von Bagh, recorded at the 1998 Midnight Sun Film Festival; Appearance by actor Shelley Duvall on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show from 1981; Gallery of rare photographs from the set; Trailer; PLUS: an essay by David Sterritt

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cleese Robin Hood
Sean Connery Agamemnon
Shelley Duvall Pansy
Katherine Helmond Mrs. Ogre
Ian Holm Napolean
Michael Palin Vincent
Ralph Richardson Supreme Being
Peter Vaughan Ogre
David Warner Evil Genius
David Rappaport Randall
Kenny Baker Fidgit
Jack Purvis Wally
Malcolm Dixon Strutter
Tiny Ross Vermin
Craig Warnock Kevin
David Daker Kevin's Father
Michael Edmonds Og
Irene Lamb Actor
Frances de la Tour Salvation Army Major
Martin Carroll Baxi Brazilla III
Sheila Fearn Kevin's Mother
Jim Broadbent Compere
John Young Reginald
Myrtle Devenish Beryl
Leon Lissek Refugee
Terence Bayler Lucien
Preston Lockwood Neguy
Charles McKeown Theater Manager
David Leland Puppeteer
Derrick O'Connor Robber Leader
Neil McCarthy 2nd Robber
Declan Mulholland 3rd Robber
Peter Jonfield Arm Wrestler
Derek Deadman Robert
Jerold Wells Benson
Marcus Powell Horse Flesh
Winston Dennis Bull-headed Warrior
Del Baker Greek Fighting Warrior
Mark Holmes Troll Father
Andrew Maclachlan Fireman
Tony Jay Supreme Being
Edwin Finn Supreme Being's Face

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Producer,Screenwriter
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Millie Burns Production Designer
Patrick Cassavetti Set Decoration/Design
John Cleese Screenwriter
Julian Doyle Editor
Graham Ford Production Manager
Norman Garwood Art Director
George Harrison Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer
Eric Idle Screenwriter
Irene Lamb Casting
Mike Moran Score Composer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Palin Screenwriter
Neville C. Thompson Associate Producer

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