Tuesday, December 20, 2011


1977 British fantasy black comedy film

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writer: Charles Alverson & Terry Gilliam

Cinematography: Terry Bedford

Running time: 105 minutes

Country: United Kingdom

Tagline: Jabberwocky the monster so horrible that people caught the plague to avoid it.

Michael Palin as Dennis Cooper
Harry H. Corbett as The Squire (Ethel)
John Le Mesurier as Passelewe
Warren Mitchell as Mr. Fishfinger
Annette Badland as Griselda Fishfinger
Max Wall as King Bruno the Questionable / Voice of Red Herring
Deborah Fallender as The Princess
Rodney Bewes as The Other Squire
John Bird as First Herald
Neil Innes as Second Herald
Bernard Bresslaw as The Landlord (Bernie)
Alexandra Dane as The Landlord's Wife (Betsy)
Brian Glover as Armourer
Derrick O'Connor as Flying Hogfish Peasant
Peter Cellier as First Merchant
Derek Francis as Bishop
Gorden Kaye as Sister Jessica
Ted Milton as The Puppeteer
David Prowse as Red Herring and Black Knights
Terry Gilliam as Man with Rock
Terry Jones as Poacher

A young peasant, with no interest in adventure or fortune, is mistaken as the kingdom's only hope when a horrible monster threatens the countryside.

Awards: None

To lend a more realistic bird-like look to the Jabberwock's leg movements, the monster costume was designed so that actor Peter Salmon had to wear it backwards. The fight between the Jabberwock and the Black Knight was choreographed differently than what we see, but Salmon slipped and fell, and director Terry Gilliam decided this looked so natural that he edited the fight sequence to include the fall.


5 stars out of 5 stars

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