Time Bandits

Time Bandits

Terry Gilliam (1981)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Before Terry Gilliam found success in the US with The Fisher King and Twelve Monkeys, he made a series of wondrously inventive fantasies, of which this was one of the best. Produced by British company HandMade Films, its story of a schoolboy accompanying a group of outlaw dwarves on a jolting trip through time has some astonishing sequences, while the marvellous cast includes John Cleese as Robin Hood, Sean Connery as a Greek warrior-king and Ralph Richardson as God. Ex-Python Gilliam is one of the great conjurers of cinema, and this film is proof of his ample and unpredictable talent. Among the miniature mayhem-makers is Kenny Baker, who found fame four years earlier as R2-D2 in Star Wars.


A bemused schoolboy is escorted on a bizarre journey through time by a group of larcenous dwarfs. His adventures lead him to encounters with various characters from history - but none of them are quite what he had imagined. Terry Gilliam's fantasy comedy, starring Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sean Connery, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson and David Warner.

Cast & Crew

Robin Hood John Cleese
King Agamemnon / Fireman Sean Connery
Evil David Warner
Kevin Craig Warnock
Napoleon Ian Holm
Vincent Michael Palin
Dame Pansy / Pansy Shelley Duvall
Mrs Ogre Katherine Helmond
Winston the Ogre Peter Vaughan
Supreme Being Ralph Richardson
Randall David Rappaport
Fidget Kenny Baker (2)
Strutter Malcolm Dixon
Og Mike Edmonds
Wally Jack Purvis
Vermin Tiny Ross
Compere Jim Broadbent
Kevin's father David Daker
Kevin's mother Sheila Fearn
Robber leader Derrick O'Connor
Second robber Neil McCarthy
Robert Derek Deadman
Benson Jerold Wells
Director Terry Gilliam
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ArrowGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama