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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.

Director:

Terry Gilliam

Writers:

Lewis Carroll (poem) (as Rev. Charles Dodgson), Charles Alverson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Palin ... Dennis Cooper
Harry H. Corbett ... The Squire
John Le Mesurier ... The Chamberlain
Warren Mitchell ... Mr. Fishfinger
Max Wall ... King Bruno the Questionable
Rodney Bewes ... The Other Squire
John Bird John Bird ... 1st Herald
Bernard Bresslaw ... The Landlord
Antony Carrick ... 3rd Merchant (as Anthony Carrick)
Peter Cellier ... 1st Merchant
Deborah Fallender ... The Princess
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... Bishop
Terry Gilliam ... Man with Rock
Neil Innes ... 2nd Herald
Terry Jones ... Poacher
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After the death of his father the young cooper, Dennis Cooper (Sir Michael Palin), 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 humor. Written by Gunter Doege <doege@math.tu-dresden.de>

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What the international press said about JABBERWOCKY: "Ayeeeeeeiiiiioooaaargh!" [The Economist] "Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit!" [The Times of India] See more »


Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actors and actresses who auditioned for this movie were asked if they wore dentures. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dennis: Dennis is hiding in a shadowy alcove removing his nun disguise. As he is illuminated by torchlight he looks back over his shoulder...
Religious Fanatic #1: Look! It's a nun in the guise of the Devil!
Religious Fanatic #2: No! It's the Devil in the guise of a nun!
Religious Fanatic #3: Get her!
Religious Fanatic #4: Get him!
Religious Fanatic #5: GET THEM BOTH!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

A single instance of the use of the word "buggers" had to be removed in order for the film to receive an 'A' (PG) certificate in the UK. Later releases were uncut. See more »

Connections

References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantasie
(uncredited)
Music by Pierre Arvay
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This early Terry Gilliam film is better than its reputation.
12 November 1998 | by RufusTSee all my reviews

This often neglected first solo directing effort of Gilliam's is certainly much better than its maligned reputation would have you believe. While it is though sledding the first time through, it gains appreciably with repeated viewings, but does demand you pay attention. Amongst all the excrement, garbage and filth, Gilliam and his co-writer actually have a little something to say about big business, but mainly JABBERWOCKY is very, very funny. Strong stomachs are required, however.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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