Time Bandits

Revealing mistake: When Wally is firing the laser at random from the small spaceship, we see Fidget running down some stone stairs, and there are violent laser impacts directly behind him that could only have hit where they did if they had passed right though his body. (01:41:55)

Revealing mistake: Right after the party splits in the fortress of darkness and Kevin and his piggy friend are chased by the big horned creatures, one of them fires a ball of flame out of its eye. In the next shot when they run trough the pillars of stone, you can see wires on the ceiling, the burning ball is draged with through the set (in the white smoke). This is even better visible some seconds later when the fireball flies trough the door. (01:30:15)

Revealing mistake: When Kevin and the Time Bandits push the wall all the way out, support wires can be seen attached to the wall as it disappears from view. (00:11:00)

Revealing mistake: When Kevin walks towards the ashes of his parents after the toaster oven explosion, smoke can be seen going back towards the ashes, revealing that it is reversed footage.

Revealing mistake: When the party is falling in the gate found in the bedroom, they can be seen bouncing on what seems to be a mattress in the shadow. Yet, in the following shot, they are still falling. (00:10:55)

Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When the party is falling from the gate for the first time, their shadows are visible on the sky. (00:11:10)

Dr Wilson

Factual error: When the roast ox is cut in half by the swordsman, fruits spill out which were totally unknown to the ancient Greeks - most notably pineapples, mangoes and papayas. None of these fruits were available to Europeans for another 3,500 years when they were discovered in South America and the South Pacific. (And Greek explorers did NOT discover them independently, nor did they trade with anyone who did.). (00:54:45)

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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: Evil tells of his assistants, "tell me about computers". And he later says, "show me subscriber trunk dialing". Why does such a powerful entity have an interest in technology? (01:30:45 - 01:31:35)

Chosen answer: This technology may pose a threat, as a counter, to Evil's magic, or it could be used to enhance his own powers.

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Answer: Remember his whole speech about technology being his version of the universe, while the Supreme Being concentrated on nature?

Brian Katcher

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