Time Bandits

Corrected entry: It was Theseus who killed the Minotaur, not King Agamemnon.

Correction: The minotaur was a mythical beast, half-human half-bull. The person that King Agamemnon is fighting with is not the minotaur, rather he is a warrior that wears a bull's head as headgear. The camera shows a wide shot of the warrior lying on the dead on ground after Agamemnon has removed the bull's head and placed it on his saddle. Also Theseus fought the Minotaru in the labyrinth of King Minos of Crete, not out in the middle of a desert.


Corrected entry: When Kevin and the dwarves are on the Titanic, the camera shows a close-up shot of a lifesaver hanging on the ship's deck. The lifesaver reads "S.S. Titanic". Being a British ship, the lifesavers on the Titanic should actually be labeled "R.M.S. Titanic".

Correction: All of Titanic's lifeboats were labelled "S.S. Titanic". At the Merseyside Maritime Museum you can see a lifeboat name plate that confirms this. http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/collections/liners/titanic/nameplate.aspx If the lifeboats were labelled "S.S.", it's only likely that the life preservers read the same. The reason for this is that the Titanic was both an S.S. (Steam Ship) and occasionally an RMS (Royal Mail Ship). She would only have the second designation when carrying British mail, which would not necessarily be true for every voyage she ever made. Labelling the boats and preservers with the "S.S." monicker would be accurate no matter what the purpose for her trip was.


Corrected entry: Fidget the dwarf is played by Kenny Baker (R2-D2) of 'Star Wars' fame.

Correction: And Agamemnon was played by Sean Connery of James Bond fame. Reproducing the credits of the film is not trivia.


Corrected entry: The "invisible" barrier shown in the film is, in fact, very visible indeed; as the scene on it doesn't line up with what's actually behind it.

Correction: Since the barrier is magical, it could very well have been 'programmed' to create an illusion of a vast wasteland beyond it to discourage unwitting wanderers from going any further in this direction, or drawing their attention to the dark fortress in the first place. The barrier itself seems to serve only as a backup against too curious or too persistent travellers who want to investigate whatever they have run into.


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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Evil: Suddenly, I feel very, very good.
Robert: Oh, I'm sorry, Master.
Evil: No, it'll pass, it'll pass.

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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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