Time Bandits (1981) – Encore Review

“You see, to be quite frank, Kevin, the fabric of the universe is far from perfect. It was a bit of botched job, you see. We only had seven days to make it. And that’s where this comes in. This is the only map of all the holes. Well, why repair them? Why not use them to get stinking rich? ” – Randall

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 7 Sep 2009, 2 Aug 2018 and 25 May 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young boy is accidentally taken on an adventure across time by a group of Dwarves with a mysterious map.

My Take on it – This is a film that I loved as a kid despite probably not even coming close to fully understanding it.

I was recently invited to partake in a Movies By Minute podcast on this film, so I felt it would be a great idea to rewatch the entire movie in addition to the 3 minutes that I get to discuss.

I always enjoy watching this movie and this time I truly had a blast because of the various things that I noticed along the way.

The cast of dwarves in this film are so much fun to watch and listen to because of the eccentric ways that they act.

The various characters form history that they meet add so much to the authenticity of the story while also giving the viewer a chance to see parodies of these famous figures.

The movie is directed by Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame and he keeps the tone at a very fun level which adds so much to the way that one perceives everything that occurs here.

The battle between good against evil is seemingly presented as being very black and white, but when one delves into this story on a more deeper level, it’s easy to see how complex the issues are that this film deals with and it is so better for that.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Terry Gilliam, David Rappaport believed he got his part for his acting ability alone, without size being a contributing factor. As a result, he didn’t socialize with his co-stars. During the Invisible Barrier scene, when the other bandits retaliate against Randall, the actors were expressing their frustrations with Rappaport. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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