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Time Bandits (1981)

  • Starring: John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall , Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Genre(s): : Action, Adventure , Science Fiction, Fantasy
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 110 min.

Come celebrate Art House Theater Day at the Moxie with our screening of the 1981 fantasy film from Terry Gilliam, Time Bandits.

The Art House Convergence, an international consortium of independent, community-based, mission-driven movie theaters, is pleased to announce thefirst Art House Theater Day, taking place on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Over 160 theaters willparticipate in this nationwide celebration of the cultural and community growth that art house theaters promote.

“Art House Theater Day is a chance to show film-lovers that their local theaters are part of a larger cultural movement. These cinemas are not passive, insular venues––they are passion-driven institutions that collaborate with distributors, filmmakers, and each other to deepen film appreciation and to increase the diversity and artistic integrity of what you see on the big screen,” said Art House Theater Day cofounder Gabriel Chicoine.

Film Summary: A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy’s encounters with various historical figures, including an entertainment-starved Napoleon (Ian Holm), a powerful Agamemnon (Sean Connery), and a surprisingly stuffy Robin Hood, embodied by Gilliam’s Python cohort John Cleese. Episodic by nature, the film is less successful when dealing with the larger narrative, which concerns the pursuit of the dwarves and their time-traveling map by the Supreme Being. However, the combination of Gilliam’s visual exuberance and the witty script (by Gilliam and Michael Palin) ensures an entertaining, if erratic, journey.

"A cheerfully irreverent lark -- part fairy tale, part science fiction and part comedy."
- Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Gilliam fills the screen with bizarre images, and directs with a breathless ingenuity."
- Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Perhaps the greatest characteristic attributable to Time Bandits is its sense of invention. The movie does so many things, all of them well."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The film is resolutely, passionately antiadult, yet much of the humor has an adult sophistication and edge to it; this is one kids' movie that doesn't condescend."
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Amazingly well-produced. The historic locations are jammed with character and detail. This is the only live-action movie I've seen that literally looks like pages out of Heavy Metal magazine."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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