Rent Jabberwocky (1977)

3.2 of 5 from 102 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
Gadzooks! These be terrible times in the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable! At the darkest hour of the Dark Ages (hey, who turned off the lights?), the dreaded Jabberwock roams the land. His eyes aflame, his talons bared - a bone-crushing horror! Which brave knight shall slay the beast and save the kingdom? Who shall win the hand of the fair princess? Could it be Dennis the Apprentice (Michael Palin), a mere dolt and silly fool who carries a potato and loves the fat Griselda? Shall he save the kingdom? Or will he be smitten with chamberpots and made to eat rats on a stick? Arrrgh!
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Sanford Lieberson
Voiced By:
Sydney Bromley
Writers:
Lewis Carroll, Charles Alverson, Terry Gilliam
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
British Films, Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/02/2003
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English, German
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Terry Giliam and Michael Palin
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Sketch-to-scene comparisons
  • Poster gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/11/2017
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palm
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, Palm, producer Sandy Lieberson, and actor Annette Badland
  • New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the film's creature, the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Audio interview with cinematographer Terry Bedford from 1998
  • Selection of Gilliam's storyboards and sketches
  • Original UK opening sequence
  • Trailer
  • An essay by critic Scott Tobias

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Reviews (1) of Jabberwocky

A cavalcade of the uncouth and grotesque - Jabberwocky review by NP

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19/02/2021

I’m sorry to say I've always found Monty Python to be massively unfunny: lots of smug men putting on silly voices don’t really make me laugh. There are shades of that approach in ‘Jabberwocky’, and this has many connections with that team. It is, however, different enough for me to want to see it, and I'm glad I did – the world here has echoes of Mervyn Peake’s ‘Gormenghast’, and that lifts my appreciation greatly.

This is a cavalcade of the uncouth and grotesque, the unrespectable and debauched, with only Michael Palin's Dennis Cooper displaying much in the way of decency. Joining him in this relentless onslaught of the unpleasant and the unwashed is a terrific cast including Max Wall, John le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Bernard Bresslaw, Annette Badland and Graham Crowden. It's the bawdiest of romps, a bit full-on but lots of fun, but not something I imagine I'll be watching again for a while. My score is 6 out of 10.

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