Terry Gilliam

Time Bandits

Time Bandits

In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarfs. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)—but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move. Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and his Monty Python cohort Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire of technology gone awry.

Film Info

  • Terry Gilliam
  • United Kingdom
  • 1981
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #37

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Terry Gilliam, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam, cowriter-actor Michael Palin, and actors John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock
  • New piece, narrated by film writer David Morgan, featuring production designer Milly Burns and costume designer James Acheson discussing the creation of the film’s various historical periods and fantasy worlds
  • Conversation between Gilliam and film scholar Peter von Bagh, recorded at the 1998 Midnight Sun Film Festival
  • Appearance by actor Shelley Duvall on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show from 1981
  • Gallery of rare photographs from the set
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Sterritt

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Purchase Options

On backorder, available Nov 14, 2018

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Terry Gilliam, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam, cowriter-actor Michael Palin, and actors John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock
  • New piece, narrated by film writer David Morgan, featuring production designer Milly Burns and costume designer James Acheson discussing the creation of the film’s various historical periods and fantasy worlds
  • Conversation between Gilliam and film scholar Peter von Bagh, recorded at the 1998 Midnight Sun Film Festival
  • Appearance by actor Shelley Duvall on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show from 1981
  • Gallery of rare photographs from the set
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Sterritt

Cover based on a theatrical poster

Time Bandits
Cast
John Cleese
Robin Hood
Sean Connery
King Agamemnon
Shelley Duvall
Pansy
Katherine Helmond
Mrs. Ogre
Ian Holm
Napoleon
Michael Palin
Vincent
Ralph Richardson
Supreme Being
Peter Vaughan
Ogre
David Warner
Evil Genius
David Rappaport
Randall
Kenny Baker
Fidgit
Malcolm Dixon
Strutter
Mike Edmonds
Og
Jack Purvis
Wally
Tiny Ross
Vermin
Craig Warnock
Kevin
Credits
Director
Terry Gilliam
Produced by
Terry Gilliam
Written by
Michael Palin
Written by
Terry Gilliam
Executive producers
George Harrison
Executive producers
Denis O'Brien
Associate producer
Neville C. Thompson
Director of photography
Peter Biziou
Editor
Julian Doyle
Production designer
Milly Burns
Art director
Norman Garwood
Costume design
Jim Acheson
In association with
Hazel Coté
Hairdressing and makeup by
Maggie Weston
Hairdressing and makeup by
Elaine Carew
Music score composed and orchestrated by
Mike Moran
Songs and additional material
George Harrison
Music produced by
Ray Cooper

From The Current

The Designs of Time Bandits
The Designs of Time Bandits

Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits is as visually distinctive as it is hilarious and irreverent. This is thanks in great part to the brilliant work of costume designer James Acheson and production designer Milly Burns, who got to create realms both recog…

/
Time Bandits: Guerrilla Fantasy
Time Bandits: Guerrilla Fantasy

NOTE: The following essay contains spoilers.If someone made Time Bandits today, it’s a good bet that the deus ex machina that saves the world would be a wizard of the Tolkien or Hogwarts type. But in Terry Gilliam’s first masterpiece, the deus ex…

By David Sterritt

/
Time Bandits
Time Bandits

Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits was the most critically well-received children’s film in nearly two decades—and also the most challenging and rewarding fantasy-adventure movie since Alexander Korda’s The Thief of Bagdad, released forty-one years…

By Bruce Eder

/
Jeremiah Zagar’s Top 10

The director of We the Animals picks his Criterion favorites, including two crime classics that represent the kind of movie he dreams of making.


David and Nathan Zellner’s Top 10

Austin-based duo David and Nathan Zellner, whose new film Damsel is now in theaters, share a list of favorites that run the gamut from genre provocation to lyrical humanism.


Guillermo del Toro’s Guide to the Collection
Guillermo del Toro’s Guide to the Collection

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares heartfelt appreciations for eleven of his favorite films in the collection.

/
Auteurs in Space
Auteurs in Space

Despite its reputation as a popcorn genre, science fiction has been an exciting frontier for some of cinema’s most innovative and ambitious masters. For Auteurs in Space, a Criterion Channel series we just premiered today, we’ve gathered a lineup…

/
Keith Gordon’s Top 10

Filmmaker Keith Gordon has directed the features The Chocolate War (1988), A Midnight Clear (1992), Mother Night (1996), Waking the Dead (2000), and The Singing Detective (2003).


Nicholas Stoller’s Top 10

Nicholas Stoller directed the comedies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and The Five-Year Engagement.


Guillermo del Toro’s Top 10

In compiling his top ten Criterions, Cronos director Guillermo del Toro had a hell of a time limiting himself. Del Toro humorously bemoaned the “unfair, arbitrary, and sadistic top ten practice,” so instead he decided on ties or rather, “themat


Frank Kozik’s Top 10

Credited with single-handedly reviving the lost art of the concert poster, Frank Kozik credits his career to his enthusiasm for Austin, Texas’s growing underground rock scene in the mid-eighties. Find out more, at frankkozik.net and fkozik.com. In


Mike Allred’s Top 10

Comic-book rock star Mike Allred is best known as the creator of _Madman, Red Rocket 7,_ and _The Atomics._ He may also be familiar to Criterion viewers from his illustrations for Seduced and Abandoned and Chasing Amy.