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

Director:

Terry Gilliam
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Robin Hood
Sean Connery ... King Agamemnon / Fireman
Shelley Duvall ... Dame Pansy / Pansy
Katherine Helmond ... Mrs. Ogre
Ian Holm ... Napoleon
Michael Palin ... Vincent
Ralph Richardson ... Supreme Being
Peter Vaughan ... Winston the Ogre
David Warner ... Evil Genius
David Rappaport ... Randall
Kenny Baker ... Fidgit
Malcolm Dixon ... Strutter
Mike Edmonds ... Og
Jack Purvis ... Wally
Tiny Ross ... Vermin
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Storyline

Intrigued by history but neglected by his parents, Kevin, an eleven-year-old schoolboy, gets the chance to make his dream come true when a band of six time-travelling dwarfs appears out of thin air in his bedroom. Having stolen the Supreme Being's one-of-a-kind map of time and space, the audacious time-bandits whisk Kevin off on an exciting journey to the depths of history, skipping from one era to another. Now, to further complicate matters, the dangerous arch-rival known as the Evil Genius is hot on their trail, bent on getting his hands on the precious map. But, who would have thought that Kevin's seemingly unexceptional room was the entrance to a mysterious wormhole and the portal to a marvellous world of adventure? Written by Nick Riganas

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...they didn't make history, they stole it! See more »


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Writer, producer, and director Terry Gilliam described Sir Sean Connery's career at this point as "at its nadir". Fortunately, Connery was a Monty Python fan, and signed on for a part of the gross. It also happened that executive producer Denis O'Brien was a former golfing partner of Connery. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin is threatening to burn the map with the torch, it is rolled up so the back of the map is visible (blank, tan colored). Evil then turns one of the dwarfs into a pig and steals the map from Kevin as he is distracted. The next shot shows Evil holding the map but now it is rolled up so the face of the map is visible (space and the stars, etc can be seen). 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 had to...
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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 »

Alternate Versions

A version seen on US television omits the scene of the Time Bandits ramming the sleeping potion into the scalp of the giant. It cut from it stepping on the house to him becoming tired, seemingly on his own. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Terry Gilliamem (2006) See more »

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Showbiz
(uncredited)
Music by Jill Answell
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Excellent (if dated) Fantasy Adventure
30 January 2021 | by yettygutschowSee all my reviews

This classic fantasy is quite entertaining. The special effects and music are dated, of course, but that doesn't detract from the fun...actually, it adds to the charm. Interesting and clever, this movie can appeal to any age. There's a solid, clean message here and it's a refreshing breath compared to today's PC charged movies.


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Official Sites:

Handmade Films Website

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Time Bandits See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,507,356, 8 November 1981

Gross USA:

$42,365,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,368,025
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Company Credits

Production Co:

HandMade Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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