Time Bandits (1981) – By Brian Morton

 I think by now we all now that the world of Terry Gilliam is a strange, strange place. From the animations of Monty Python up to and including The Brothers Grimm, Mr. Gilliam’s particular style is distinctive and unusual. Well, when I was told that the Rogue’s Roundtable was a “midget” movie roundtable, of course, Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits was the first movie to spring to mind!

Only Gilliam’s third movie, after Monty Python And The Holy Grail and Jabberwocky, Time Bandits is Gilliam at his finest. If you haven’t seen it, Time Bandits is the story of a group of six little people who, after stealing a map of the universe from the Supreme Being have decided to use the holes in the fabric of the universe to get filthy rich. You see, our little heroes were in charge of trees and shrubs in the universe, but were demoted to maintenance and have decided to become international criminals as revenge. Now, this may sound strange, but I assure you that the movie is even stranger, with these little people and one young boy leaping from modern day England to the time of Robin Hood, to meeting Napoleon to the Time Of Legends, all in the quest to become rich. What our heroes don’t know is that a Supreme Evil is working against them trying to get the map for his own ends.

Featuring an all star cast, from John Cleese as a very different Robin Hood, to Sean Connery as King Agememnon, to Michael Palin and Shelley Duvall as a pair of unfortunate star-crossed lovers throughout time, Time Bandits is a bizarre, weird fairy tale that’s fun for the whole family…well, if your family is a slight off kilter as mine. And just when you think it’s gotten to be a strange as it can possibly be, Time Bandits manages to top itself!

If you’ve got a taste for the weird, then Time Bandits is right up your alley, provided that your alley ends with a giant with a ship for a hat…see the movie, you’ll get that reference. So, until next time, when I’ll explain the Meaning Of Life to you all, and here’s a hint, the answer has to do with cabbage, remember that the best movies are bad movies.


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