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Subj: Re: sword and sorcery review #25: Time Bandits (1981)
Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2022 at 02:01:05 am CDT (Viewed 130 times)
Reply Subj: Re: sword and sorcery review #25: Time Bandits (1981)
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I was always aware of this movie but never had a chance to see it as a kid. I saw it much later and I enjoyed it, but I don't remember a lot of what you said. I don't remember the big ending. I remember the Bandits, God and Evil, Sean Connery, and a few of the Pythons showing up. I really should watch it again.

It's supposed to be the first of a thematic trilogy by Gilliam, the second being Brazil which I only saw a few years ago and the third being The Adventures of Baron Munchausen which I still haven't seen.

I really liked David Rappaport who played the main Bandit, Randall. I also remember him as the lead in a short-lived series called The Wizard where he played a toy maker who solved crimes. And of course he was in a Frankenstein remake called The Bride along with Sting and Clancy Brown.


Its a film I can appreciate on a whole other level as an adult. The narrative style is only something I noticed as an adult. That and the commentary on God, being unable to answer Kevin's question about why there has to be evil in the world. That and the idea of the father figure as opposed to a biological father.

Rappaport was the best choice as the ambitious, greedy but still likeable Randall. Apparently, he was very aloof on set, refusing to mix with the other actors. So that when the dwarves got into arguments, they didnt need to act to be angry with him.

There was supposed to be a 7th dwarf named Horseflesh. He is even mentioned in the credits and dialougue (which says he died). But the producers feared the wrath of disney if they had 7 dwarves. Which is bizarre as Snow White and the 7 dwarves is a European tale dating back hundreds of years before disney. I would have never made that connection, but it shows that disney being bullies and jerks is not just a recent thing.


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