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A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator [[Performer~P91577~Terry Gilliam~terrygilliam]] mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy's encounters with various historical figures, including an entertainment-starved Napoleon ([[Performer~P32962~Ian Holm~ianholm]]), a powerful Agamemnon ([[Performer~P10646~Sean Connery~seanconnery]]), and a surprisingly stuffy Robin Hood, embodied by Gilliam's Python cohort [[Performer~P85223~John Cleese~johncleese]]. Episodic by nature, the film is less successful when dealing with the larger narrative, which concerns the pursuit of the dwarves and their time-traveling map by the Supreme Being. However, the combination of Gilliam's visual exuberance and the witty script (by Gilliam and [[Performer~P105433~Michael Palin~michaelpalin]]) ensures an entertaining, if erratic, journey. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:November 13, 1981


John Cleese
as Robin Hood
Sean Connery
as Agamemnon
Shelley Duvall
as Pansy
Katherine Helmond
as Mrs. Ogre
Ian Holm
as Napolean
Michael Palin
as Vincent
Ralph Richardson
as Supreme Being
Peter Vaughan
as Ogre
David Warner
as Evil Genius
David Rappaport
as Randall
Kenny Baker
as Fidgit
Jack Purvis
as Wally
Malcolm Dixon
as Strutter
Tiny Ross
as Vermin
Craig Warnock
as Kevin
Marcus Powell
as Horse Flesh
David Daker
as Kevin's Father
Irene Lamb
Jim Broadbent
as Compere
Derek Deadman
as Robert
Declan Mulholland
as 3rd Robber
Sheila Fearn
as Kevin's Mother
Myrtle Devenish
as Beryl
Jerold Wells
as Benson
Edwin Finn
as Supreme Being's Face
Del Baker
as Greek Fighting Warrior
Preston Lockwood
as Neguy
Frances de la Tour
as Salvation Army Major
Leon Lissek
as Refugee
John Young
as Reginald
Derrick O'Connor
as Robber Leader
Michael Edmonds
as Og
Terence Bayler
as Lucien
Tony Jay
as Supreme Being
Winston Dennis
as Bull-headed Warrior
David Leland
as Puppeteer
Charles McKeown
as Theater Manager
Peter Jonfield
as Arm Wrestler
Andrew Maclachlan
as Fireman


Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
Michael Palin
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Peter Biziou
George Harrison
Composer (Music Score)
George Harrison
Julian Doyle
Millie Burns
Production Designer
Norman Garwood
Art Director
Neville C. Thompson
Associate Producer
George Harrison
Executive Producer
Denis O'Brien
Executive Producer
Patrick Cassavetti
Set Designer
James Acheson
Costume Designer
Graham Ford
Production Manager
Irene Lamb
Ray Cooper
Music Producer