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Still Watching the Skies: Episode 69 “Time Bandits”

Posted on May 24, 2020 by | 0 comments

Time Bandits


Cody, Robert, and Nat discuss Terry Gilliam’s TIME BANDITS, a romp through time and space, history and fantasy, and ultimate evil vs. the supreme being.

Time Bandits

TIME BANDITS is technically Terry Gilliam’s third film as director, but it’s the film that made him a name. A solid hit in 1981, TIME BANDITS has a foot in Monty Python skits and some of the visionary films of Gilliam’s future.

TIME BANDITS is a story of seven little people, a boy and six dwarves, with a stolen map of time portals and an urge to steal anything not nailed down. With the supreme being hot on their heels. And a trap being laid by ultimate evil. It’s a story where technology is not to be trusted. And history is ripe for being sent up. Where imagination reigns supreme.

Time Bandits

In other words, it’s a lot. TIME BANDITS isn’t short on ambition. Or stars like Sean Connery, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Shelley Duvall popping over for cameos. But is it a science fiction film? A cohesive whole? We have a lot to say, although everyone agrees that David Warner’s ultimate evil is great.

Time Bandits

You’re not going to need to a map of the cosmos. You can give us a play below or Download the episode. Also, feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below or Email Us at [email protected] as we appreciate feedback.

Time tracks:

TIME BANDITS Discussion: 0:00 to 46:16
Next Film and Outro: 46:16 to End

Next month, we go back to the beginnings of science fiction and two of the most famous movies the podcast will ever cover with James Whale’s FRANKENSTEIN and THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. We hope you’ll join us.

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