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Terry Gilliam’s first feature as a solo director, here gloriously restored, is a riotous tale of monsters, true love and medieval manners. Sometimes seen as a companion to 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', 'Jabberwocky' is pure, undiluted Gilliam. The most Python touch is the presence of Michael Palin – playing put-upon medieval peasant Dennis Cooper, who is forced to seek his fortune in a land of mud, gore and historically authentic junk food, whilst he is menaced by the hideous dragon ‘Jabberwock’. Riotously funny, the film is also a fascinating signpost to its director’s future – Dennis a definitive Gilliam hero, the little man terrorised by bureaucracy. For Gilliam, the road to 'Brazil' well and truly began here.
The restoration of the film, overseen by Terry Gilliam gives the chance to delight anew in the rich colours of Medieval life. Particularly the mud. (LFF brochure)
Restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2017 - Laugh Strand - 4K Restoration World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
105 mins
Terry Gilliam
Sandy Lieberson, John Goldstone
Executive Producer
John Goldstone
Michael Bradsell
Charles Alverson (screenplay), Terry Gilliam (screenplay), Lewis Carroll (poem)
Director of Photography
Terry Bedford
Production Designer
Roy Forge Smith
Principal Cast
Michael Palin, Max Wall, John Le Mesurier, Harry H. Corbett, Warren Mitchell, Terry Jones, Deborah Fallender


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Last updated 28th September 2017


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John Goldstone