Sean Connery und John Cleese in Terry Gilliams “Time Bandits”

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At the end of the year, Arte is showing “Time Bandits” by Terry Gilliam, a grand fantasy classic of the eighties, and making it available in the media library for several months.


At night, six amazing creatures fall through a gap in time directly into eleven-year-old Kevin’s bedroom. The boy decides to go on an adventurous journey through time with them. Together, the adventurers meet Napoleon, Robin Hood (John Cleese), Agamemnon (Sean Connery), but also evil personified.

A bitter struggle with evil broke out for the end of the world. Or was it all just a dream? The adventure film “Time Bandits” from the pen of “Monty Python” co-founders Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin takes the viewer into a fantasy world as impressive and beautiful as a child’s dream.

“Time Bandits” on December 30 at 10:05 pm on Arte

Sean Connery
©HandMade Films Partnership – To star in Time Bandits (1981), the then world famous Sean Connery gave up a large part of his usual fee

The American-British director, writer and actor Terry Gilliam is not only known for the British comedy group Monty Python, but also for his own films such as “The Fisher King” (1991), “12 Monkeys” (1995) or “Fear”. and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998) world famous. In his fantasy comedy “Time Bandits”, the biting irony of the Monty Python troupe shines through in many scenes, but overall the film seems more like a fairy tale.

The film has a veritable treasure trove of special effects and graphic masterpieces that were exquisite at the time. For Gilliam it is still one of his biggest successes in the United States. Beatles guitarist George Harrison also contributed to the film and wrote the catchy theme song “Dream Away”.

Arte is showing “Time Bandits” on December 30 at 10:05 pm In the Arte media library the fantasy classic is available until May 30, 2023.

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