Time Bandits

1981 PG 1h 55m Blu-ray / DVD

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Time Bandits

1981 PG 1h 55m Blu-ray / DVD
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In director Terry Gilliam's visually outrageous fairy tale, a boy escapes from his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarfs. On their journey, they visit Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon, among other notable figures.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
None
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: DTS-HD Master Audio
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
  • John Cleese
  • Sean Connery
  • Shelley Duvall
  • Katherine Helmond
  • Ian Holm
  • Michael Palin
  • Ralph Richardson
  • Peter Vaughan
  • David Warner
  • Craig Warnock
  • David Rappaport
  • Kenny Baker
  • Mike Edmonds
  • Tiny Ross
  • Malcolm Dixon
  • Jack Purvis
  • Jim Broadbent
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Reviews

age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that kids will see a good deal of cartoonish violence (a man's arm is ripped off during an arm wrestling match, a hungry dwarf captures a rat and eats it, severed feet hang from the ceiling of an ogre's ship, etc.). Two characters are blown up at the end, but they aren't depicted as very nice people. Also there are scary creatures, and depictions of a supreme being and his nemesis that some will find objectionable. The bandits are pursued by the Supreme Being, i.e., God, who seems to have created the world in a slapdash manner. They also encounter the Evil Genius, or Devil. Throughout, the movie advocates reading and an appreciation for both the factual and mythological aspects of human history. Its dwarf protagonists also address themes of tolerance.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

Considerable cartoonish violence. A man's arm is ripped off during an arm wrestling match. The Evil Genius blows up many of his dimwitted minions. A firing squad executes prisoners. A hungry dwarf captures a rat and eats it. One can see the feet of previous victims hanging from the ceiling of an Ogre's ship. There is an attempted suicide. Kevin's home is burned down and his shallow parents are blown up at the movie's conclusion.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Throughout, the movie advocates reading and an appreciation for both the factual and mythological aspects of human history. Its dwarf protagonists address themes of tolerance for those different from oneself.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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