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Time Bandits

Released 1981
Distributor AVCO Embassy Pictures

Terry Gilliam’s first film as solo director was 1977’s Jabberwocky but Time Bandits, a mix of absurdist fairy tales and Ashcan realism, established his style for years to come. He’s helped considerably by a remarkably high profile cast including Sean Connery, Ralph Richardson and, memorably, John Cleese as a petulant, self-absorbed Robin Hood. Michael Palin co-stars and co-wrote the Python-like script with Gilliam.

About Chris Wilkinson

Christopher Wilkinson only works in the movie business to support his music habit — so many guitars, so little time. His screenwriting credits include Nixon, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, Ali, starring Will Smith, Copying Beethoven, which he also produced, and was a writer and executive producer on both Pawn Sacrifice and Miles Ahead. In addition, he wrote and directed the PBS documentary, Virtuosity.