On Wednesday night, June 21st, the Colony Theater in North Raleigh is presenting the 1981 fantasy comedy “Time Bandits” at 8:00 PM.
It’s part of their “Cool Classics” series which has been showing a large roster of 35 millimeter prints of films with fanatic followings including “The Big Lebowski”, “Purple Rain”, “Eraserhead”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” the third Wednesday of every month since 2006.
Tickets are only $5 which is quite a bargain for an evening screening.
Colony Theater General Manager and “Cool Classics” curator Denver Hill had this to say about Wednesday’s screening: “I like bizarre films. Terry Gilliam makes bizarre films. “Time Bandits” is proof that you don’t need big-budget CGI to make a film that is compelling and entertaining.”
For his second film (his first being “Jabberwocky” in 1977) former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam fashioned a time traveling globetrotting comic spectacle centering on a young British boy played by Craig Warnock who, in his bedroom mind you, encounters a troop of dwarves who have stolen a map from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson). The map is of time and space and the dwarves, led by David Rappaport, are using it to find holes in time in which to travel to different eras and steal as many riches as they can get their hands on.
Gilliam’s Python partner Michael Palin co-wrote the screenplay and appears in 2 roles, both as Shelley Duvall’s lover in different periods. Another Python, John Cleese, appears as Robin Hood in one of the film’s most amusing scenes. Among the other recognizable faces there is Ian Holm as Napoleon, Jim Broadbent as a cruel TV game show host, Peter Vaughan as Winston the Ogre, and Gilliam regular Katherine Helmond as Winston’s wife.
The most recognizable face has to be Sean Connery as King Agamemnon who steals the film, and Warnock away from the dwarves when the film’s young protagonist falls through a time hole into Ancient Greece. Connery can also be seen at the Colony Theater this summer in the first 3 James Bond movies, new prints of which were recently produced by MGM. See the Colony’s website for more information.
As “Evil” David Warner puts in a hilariously scary performance that in this writer’s opinion is the best villain of the ‘80s. His acid tongued diatribes give the film a dark edge that may be a bit much for the toddlers if you bring them.
“Star Wars” fans should take note that midget Fidget of the tiny time thieves is played by Kenny Baker who spent light years as the man inside of legendary droid R2-D2.
Denver Hill also points out: “It would be remiss not to mention the enchanting soundtrack by George Harrison.” The Former Beatle executive produced the film as well with his business partner Denis O’Brien for Handmade Films – the company the duo founded in order to finance “Monty Python’s Life Of Brian”.
The showing is sure to be packed as the theater’s Facebook page for the event boasts 83 people attending with 163 maybes.
One for the ages, “Time Bandits” provides time traveling fun and many laughs for all. Make sure you come early for the vintage trailers that play at the beginning of every show that time and time again always work their Wayback Machine magic on the Colony crowds.