Time Bandits

Continuity mistake: As Kevin and the Time Bandits make their way to the place that Napoleon has taken control of, five people are executed by a firing squad. A couple shots later, the same group of people are being executed again. (00:15:35)

Continuity mistake: When the dwarves find the invisible barrier, Wally takes the map from Randall and calls him crazy. Randall then picks up a skull and throws it, shattering the invisible barrier. At this point Randall takes the map back from Wally, then the camera angle changes and we see Randall taking the map off Wally again. (01:18:05)


Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film, there's a scene where the bandits are trapped in a cage hanging from a huge rope. One of the bandits crawls up on top, and severs multiple strands about 4' in length from the rope, leaving the cage hanging from a tiny strand. A bit later, when the cage is being swung back and forth, the missing section of rope has shortened considerably. (01:24:55 - 01:26:10)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Sean Connery stands in front of the crowd and tosses the Minotaur's head down, all of a sudden after one of the cuts, he's fully dressed in a red robe that was not there before. (00:50:10)

Continuity mistake: When Wally has jumped off the bottom of the cage and caught the rope, the rope holding the bandits' original cage snaps. This original cage (which has Wally's rope firmly tied to it) falls into the abyss. When the other bandits pull Wally up, there is no sign of the cage, which should have also shown up. Also, Wally is hanging on at the end of the rope, but he was in the middle of it before the cage's rope snaps. (01:28:10)

Continuity mistake: In the "hanging cages" scene, when the rope holding the first cage finally breaks and the cage drops, the only thing holding the other end is one of the characters, who was shown earlier with the rope around his chest and holding on by his fingers. He should have been pulled into the abyss when all the slack was gone.

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Factual error: When the Titanic sinks all six dwarves and Kevin end up in the sea clutching a lifebelt. The water in which the Titanic sank was freezing - that is how most of the casualties died, by freezing, not drowning. In water like that you'd be lucky to stay conscious for more than a few minutes. Despite this none of them show the slightest effect of the cold. Maybe the dwarves have some 'magical' ability to withstand lethal cold, but Kevin doesn't even react to being plunged into freezing cold water. He'd be screaming in pain, but he doesn't even show the slightest sign of discomfort.

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Supreme Being: Oh, I do hate appearing that way, it's an entirely noisy manifestation. Still, rather expected of one, I suppose.

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Trivia: Throughout the film there are several references to a character named Horseflesh, (such as "Horseflesh would never get us into this mess"). Despite the character being credited at the end of the movie he's never properly shown onscreen. There's a paragraph devoted to him in the published "Time Bandits" screenplay: "The trouble is quite frankly that if Horseflesh had been in it he would have made seven dwarves, and we'd have libel suits from Disney and all sorts of things. But we liked the name, so he remains the mystery dwarf." According to the interview with Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam on the extras DVD (produced in 2002), Terry Gilliam states that Horseflesh is the dwarf seen with Evil, though it isn't mentioned who he is; in the original script he had quite a few lines, but they were cut, eg "The map! Evil one, the very map I promised you, is yours" (from script excerpt shown on DVD).

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Question: On disc 2 of the special edition DVD, there were interviews with actors Brad Pitt, Amanda Plummer, Mercedes Ruehl and Madeleine Stowe. Were they in this movie and if so what parts did they play? Also, who played the Supreme Being in physical form?

Answer: None of them appeared in Time Bandits, but all four have worked with director Terry Gilliam (Pitt and Stowe in Twelve Monkeys, Plummer and Ruehl in The Fisher King) - presumably their interviews were about Gilliam generally. The Supreme Being was played by Sir Ralph Richardson.

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