Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Time Bandits (1981)

This film was one of Terry Gilliam's first post-Monty Python directorial efforts. Kind of an uneven film, but still entertaining because of Gilliam's trademark dark humor and distinctive visual flare. Also notable for the large number of cameos, including appearances by Sean Connery, Ian Holm, Shelley Duvall and Ralph Richardson, as well as Gilliam's fellow Python alums John Cleese and Michael Palin. The ending is really downbeat, which has always struck me as odd in light of the fact that the main character is a kid. One would think Gilliam could've taken things in a lighter direction...

There are several DVDs of the film floating around; I own this one from Anchor Bay. The main extras are a lengthy interview with Gilliam and Palin as well as a retrospective of Gilliam's career.

A sequel was planned but never came to fruition.

Link(s) of interest:
Click here to read a plot synopsis of the film, but beware of spoilers.

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