08 December 2009

Five Favorite Useful Quotations from Time Bandits

From the Time Bandits screenplay by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin.

RANDALL (David Rappaport):
You never start at one! Whoever heard of anybody starting at one!

Do you want to be leader of this gang?
STRUTTER (Malcolm Dixon):
No, we agreed: No leader!
Right. So shut up and do as I say.

FIDGIT (Kenny Baker):
Oh, so that’s what an invisible barrier looks like.

EVIL GENIUS (David Warner):
Dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence.

SUPREME BEING (Sir Ralph Richardson):
I am the Supreme Being. I’m not entirely dim.

One of these lines wasn’t actually in the original shooting script. The encounter with the invisible barrier replaced a longer scene that was at least partially shot, involving murderous spider-women and a scary forest. As for things never shot, in 1996 Gilliam’s collaborator Charles McKeown drafted a sequel.

1 comment:

Sam said...

Such a movie! And so many great quotes.

A favorite of mine -- which I had been told of before even seeing the movie -- is the Evil One's speech regarding digital watches and computers.

I think that if he had indeed learned the ins and outs of digital watches and computers in the early 80s, he would now rule the world rather handily. Or maybe he did and he does.