Time Bandits | 1981 | Craig Warnock, David Rappaport

Terry Gilliam’s deranged, delightful foray into (and out of) world history starring John Cleese, Michael Palin and Sean Connery.
Schoolboy Kevin (Craig Warnock) awakes to find a black knight smashing through his bedroom wardrobe followed by a clumsy band of renegade dwarves (including Baker, the man inside R2-D2). They’ve discovered a map of the universe’s worm holes – the portals of time travel – and are looting the past for rich booty, hotly pursued by Ralph Richardson’s brilliantly down-to-earth Supreme Being and David Warner’s camper-than-Christmas Evil Genius.
Warnock joins the merry throng, and together they drop in on such legendary figures as Robin Hood (Cleese), who turns out to be a hopelessly vague artisto, Napolean (Holm) who steals the show as a hilarious drunk obsessed with history’s little men, and Agamemnon (Connery) who’s kind but ineffective.
Written by Palin, Gilliam’s second solo outing (after Jabberwocky) is a deranged history lesson for over-intelligent kids, rich in visual extravagance and with enough dark, anarchic gags about fruit and philosophy to keep any Python fan happy.
Craig Warnock as Kevin
David Rappaport as Randall
Kenny Baker as Fidgit
Mike Edmonds as Og
Malcolm Dixon as Strutter
Tiny Ross as Vermin
Jack Purvis as Wally
Ian Holm as Napoleon
John Cleese as Robin Hood
Sean Connery as King Agamemnon / Fireman
Michael Palin as Vincent
Shelley Duvall as Dame Pansy / Pansy
Peter Vaughan as Winston the Ogre
Katherine Helmond as Mrs. Ogre
David Warner as Evil Genius
Ralph Richardson as Supreme Being
Tony Jay as Supreme Being (voice)
David Daker as Kevin’s Father
Sheila Fearn as Kevin’s Mother
Jim Broadbent as Compere
Peter Jonfield as Arm Wrestler
Jerold Wells as Benson
Myrtle Devenish as Beryl
Winston Dennis as Bull Headed Warrior
Roger Frost as Cartwright
Andrew MacLachlan as Fireman #2
Marcus Powell as Horseflesh
Terence Bayler as Lucien
Preston Lockwood as Neguy
David Leland as Puppeteer
Leon Lissek as Refugee #1
John Young as Reginald
Derrick O’Connor as Robber Leader
Neil McCarthy as Robber #2
Declan Mulholland as Robber #3
Derek Deadman as Robert
Charles McKeown as Theatre Manager
Mark Holmes as Troll Father
Director: Terry Gilliam
UK | 116 minutes | 1981