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(YouTube)   Saturday Cinema, Time Bandits, 1981 - "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"   (youtube.com) divider line 35
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2014-05-17 11:31:05 AM
I can understand some people's love of bad movies. I can't understand the attraction to this much stupidity though.

The jokes weren't funny. Making fun of people's handicaps isn't funny.

.. and it was a dumb story.
 
2014-05-17 11:34:49 AM
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Saturday Cinema, Time Bandits, 1981 - One of the most perfect children's movies ever made.

If you've got kids, show'em this.

In the late 70s, Terry Gilliam was still a junior director and looking for his next film after Jabberwocky. Brazil was sort of in the back of his mind but he felt that the idea of a bunch of people visiting a bunch of different periods in history on a comic crime spree was a good idea.

Here's Gilliam and Palin reminiscing over how the writing and production process went.  Oh, and here's another link of an interview with Gilliam.

A latent fight began to emerge. The producer knew that having people like Cleese alongside Palin and Gilliam's name would make funding the film and selling tickets for it easier. This led was a problem with the marketing. The film's advertising was talking out of both sides of its mouth. It ran one campaign promoting Time Bandits as a film for kids,and another selling it as a Monty Python film. This led to some dissatisfaction from adult audiences who paid to see what they thought was the next Life of Brian.

Needless to say, cuts and changes were made all through the production. Many of them are discussed in the video link above about Palin and Gilliam's writing process. Sean Connery, then an old hand at film-making proved helpful in helping an inexperienced Gilliam shoot the ancient Greece scene. The Scot was also instrumental in the design of the film's finale. Connery himself suggested returning at the end of the film as a firefighter to add symmetry.

It's also David Warner's first foray into comedy.

I remember being blown away by the ending as a kid. He asks God why there is Evil and no answer is forthcoming. Then there's the parental kaboom. Growing up on Disney movies where endings were always about good order and making sure that everyone was happy, I had my socks knocked off by the kid being told 'you know what, there are sometimes no answers.' This ending was the sort of thing that Gilliam had an insight about that most adults didn't.

There were two abortive follow-ups. Gilliam was considering a sequel in 1996 where the daughter of the Time Bandit Stutter would try to keep God from switching off the universe at the end of the millennium.  She'd go back in time, meet the original Time Bandits and try to figure out how they stopped Him from turning everything off at the end 999.

Given the deaths of several of the original time bandits, the film didn't get made.

Variety reported in 2011 that some producers wanted to remake Time Bandits as children's action franchise. Fortunately that didn't happen. I mean, if you're going to remake something, remake crap into something better. The trouble with turning it into an on-going story is also that this is a confrontation between God and Evil. Once you've had that, there's not a bigger story you can tell unless you put that conflict at the end of the final film; in which case, everything leading up to it is small potatoes.

Variety reported in 2011 that some producers wanted to remake Time Bandits as children's action franchise. Fortunately that didn't happen. I mean, if you're going to remake something, remake crap into something better. The trouble with turning it into an on-going story is also that this is a confrontation between God and Evil. Once you've had that, there's not a bigger story you can tell unless you put that conflict at the end of the final film; in which case, everything leading up to it is small potatoes. This is the problem faced with the recent star wars films where the first two films could have been summarized in flashbacks.

PS: Here are some IMDB user reviews from people who didn't like the film. Feel free to hunt them down.


Link to last week's Saturday Cinema
Next week's Saturday Cinema can't leave Zangaro without its passport.

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2014-05-17 11:59:38 AM

gaslight: One of the most perfect children's movies ever made


It was pretty entertaining for this adult too when it first came out.  My daughters watched it until the VHS tape finally wore out.
 
2014-05-17 12:12:57 PM
I love it and watch it every chance I get.
 
2014-05-17 12:15:51 PM
My very first "car date" was to take a girl to see Time Bandits. I figured if she would like the movie, than it was going to work out with us. Considering we dated through the rest of high school, it ended up working out well.

And that's not the CSB.

The CSB moment came when I told the above story to Terry Gilliam in person several years ago at a convention. He was surprised that a teenager would have taken a date to see TB, but when I explained my reasoning, he agreed with my logic.

/ he was a very cool guy, too
 
2014-05-17 12:22:27 PM

Winterlight: My very first "car date" was to take a girl to see Time Bandits. I figured if she would like the movie, than it was going to work out with us. Considering we dated through the rest of high school, it ended up working out well.


Did you find all the holes?
 
2014-05-17 01:05:15 PM

gaslight: Winterlight: My very first "car date" was to take a girl to see Time Bandits. I figured if she would like the movie, than it was going to work out with us. Considering we dated through the rest of high school, it ended up working out well.

Did you find all the holes?


He likely examined the maps very closely prior to striking out.
 
2014-05-17 01:18:27 PM
"nipples for men!"
 
2014-05-17 02:08:46 PM

FlashHarry: "nipples for men!"


microchip technology, day one
 
2014-05-17 02:33:10 PM

OnlyM3: I can understand some people's love of bad movies. I can't understand the attraction to this much stupidity though.The jokes weren't funny. Making fun of people's handicaps isn't funny... and it was a dumb story.


Can you please develop these points? No, seriously.
 
2014-05-17 02:56:31 PM
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2014-05-17 03:00:22 PM
My first introduction to the wonderfully bizarre mind of Terry Gilliam. I've been an ardent fan ever since.
 
2014-05-17 03:05:04 PM

OnlyM3: Making fun of people's handicaps isn't funny.


Are you talking about the use of dwarf actors? Because they were not there to be made fun of, and Gilliam received a lot of praise from the dwarf community for anchoring his film with such actors. Their height wasn't being specifically played for laughs.
 
2014-05-17 03:12:48 PM

t3knomanser: OnlyM3: Making fun of people's handicaps isn't funny.

Are you talking about the use of dwarf actors? Because they were not there to be made fun of, and Gilliam received a lot of praise from the dwarf community for anchoring his film with such actors. Their height wasn't being specifically played for laughs.


I am confident that the actors were happy for the job. As opposed to, you know, being unemployed because someone wouldn't hire them over some pretentious moral hangup.
 
2014-05-17 03:20:08 PM

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Saturday Cinema, Time Bandits, 1981 - One of the most perfect children's movies ever made.

If you've got kids, show'em this.


True words. My mom, who died last September, took us to see it when I was about 12. I fell in love with it and try to catch it from time to time. My mom had an awesome eye for good movies to catch with us young ones. Thanks for the post!
 
2014-05-17 03:34:13 PM
I loved this movie as a kid (8-10 yrs old when it was on HBO) and as an adult (mid-20's was the last time i watched it).  I indeed need to watch it again (im 40 now).
 
2014-05-17 03:42:05 PM
I saw it when it came out and absolutely loved it. And wanted to see it again. So in 1991 amidst my 3 years teaching in Japan, I was thrilled at first when it appeared as a TV movie when I was visiting someone. But alas, it just was not the same magic seeing it on a small screen.
 
2014-05-17 03:47:10 PM
One of my all time favorite movie lines: "Oh, Benson... Dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence."

/this one is in my collection
 
2014-05-17 03:50:59 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: One of my all time favorite movie lines: "Oh, Benson... Dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence."

/this one is in my collection


One of the greatest lines in all of moviedom.
 
2014-05-17 03:56:02 PM

t3knomanser: OnlyM3: Making fun of people's handicaps isn't funny.

Are you talking about the use of dwarf actors? Because they were not there to be made fun of, and Gilliam received a lot of praise from the dwarf community for anchoring his film with such actors. Their height wasn't being specifically played for laughs.


Yeah, except for the bit with Napolean I don't think it even comes up.
 
2014-05-17 04:01:25 PM
*points at M3*

Don't touch it! Get away! It's pure  evil troll!
 
2014-05-17 04:49:14 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: *points at M3*

Don't touch it! Get away! It's pure  evil troll!


How it escaped from the Politics Tab is beyond me. Time to electrify the fences
 
2014-05-17 05:24:15 PM
God, that trailer was farking awful.
 
2014-05-17 06:07:48 PM

socodog: God, that trailer was farking awful.



It *does* belie just how imaginative and enjoyable this flick is.
 
2014-05-17 06:36:12 PM

oldernell: MaudlinMutantMollusk: One of my all time favorite movie lines: "Oh, Benson... Dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence."

/this one is in my collection

One of the greatest lines in all of moviedom.


Evil has a lot of great moments.

"Benson, I suddenly feel....  very, very good."

"I'm sorry master."

"No, no.  It'll pass, it'll pass."
 
2014-05-17 07:28:56 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: t3knomanser: OnlyM3: Making fun of people's handicaps isn't funny.

Are you talking about the use of dwarf actors? Because they were not there to be made fun of, and Gilliam received a lot of praise from the dwarf community for anchoring his film with such actors. Their height wasn't being specifically played for laughs.

Yeah, except for the bit with Napolean I don't think it even comes up.


Robin Hood: And how long have you been a robber?
Strutter: Four foot one.
Robin Hood: ... four foot one? Well, that's a jolly long time.
 
2014-05-17 08:02:16 PM
My father took me and my sister to see it.  I believe I was 10 at the time?

He walked out mid-film.  I don't recall what was happening on the screen at the time but he wasn't a prude and was a fan of British comedy like Benny Hill and Monty Python.

I saw it years later and can't for the life of me figure out why he made us leave.  I asked him years later and, of course, he doesn't recall taking us, let alone walking out.
 
2014-05-17 08:27:57 PM
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/to the torrents, I guess
 
2014-05-17 09:19:19 PM
Oh, weird. I never noticed it left my Netflix queue. Oh well, I think I have it DVD somewhere...
 
2014-05-17 10:38:34 PM
Love, love this movie. Gillam is pretty good whatever he does, but this especially.

Recently screened it for my nephews. The littlest one was simultaneously terrified and fascinated by the shrieking cow-skull monsters... yeah, he's alright.
 
2014-05-17 10:45:41 PM
"To Stinking Kevin!"

"Stinking Kevin!"
 
2014-05-17 11:55:43 PM

Tax Boy: /to the torrents, I gues


You could stream that, if only you had Amazon Prime.
 
2014-05-18 12:07:10 AM
I must have watched TB a hundred times when it was on cable back in the day. Just watched it on Netflix a year or so ago. It's still a great movie
 
2014-05-18 09:51:07 AM
 
2014-05-18 04:21:09 PM
If I were creating a world, I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o'clock, day one!

<pew>
<minion screams>


Sorry.
 
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