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Jabberwocky (1977)

A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Harry H. Corbett ...
The Squire
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The Chamberlain
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Max Wall ...
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The Other Squire
John Bird ...
1st Herald
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The Landlord
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3rd Merchant
Peter Cellier ...
1st Merchant
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The Princess
Derek Francis ...
Bishop
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Man with Rock
Neil Innes ...
2nd Herald
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Poacher
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Storyline

After the death of his father the young cooper 'Dennis Cooper' goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called 'Jabberwocky'. Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster? A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour. Written by Gunter Doege <doege@math.tu-dresden.de>

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Before "Time Bandits"... Before "The Missionary"... But not before breakfast... See more »


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Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras em Terras do Rei Bruno, o Discutível  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Sanford Lieberson originally wanted Michael Crawford for the role of Dennis. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, visible wires hold up the monster's head. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: It is the middle of the dark ages, ages darker than anyone had ever expected.
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Crazy Credits

"All characters portrayed in this film are entirely fictitious and bare no resemblance to anyone living or dead, except for one." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Around the World in 80 Days (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Barren Earth
(uncredited)
Music by Eduard Ben-Michael (as Edward Michael)
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A pleasant surprise for those who have heard it sucks
27 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Terry Gilliam's fantasy satire (looks like a spoof, but it's a satire) is halfway between "Holy Grail" and "Time Bandits", and about half as good (which ain't bad). The wit is sardonic, and the story pretty well reverses every rule of the fantasy genre -- a dimwitted "champion", out to secure the hand of his 300+ lb. "princess" by killing the evil Jabberwocky that is making life tough for the local peasantry (but very pleasant for the merchants).

Great photography, decent production values. The direction is very good, and although the script's wit is shining, there are not enough really funny jokes (mostly it's stuff you'd have to think about to laugh at). I particularly like, though, how a lot of the good jokes come out of how the value of something is relative -- Palin carrying around a rotten potato discarded by "Griselda", which he prizes for sentiment, but which the townspeople want for food.

Superior medieval satire shows Gilliam was on the right track towards his masterpieces.


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