Jabberwocky


1h 50m 1977

Brief Synopsis

After the death of his father the young cooper 'Dennis Cooper' goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called 'Jabberwocky'. Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster? A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1977
Distribution Company
Cinema 5/Sony Pictures Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Michael Palin's perpetually ingenuous cooper's apprentice Dennis Cooper dreams of hitting the Big Time, as he tells wheeler-dealer Mr. Fishfinger, father of the fair(-ly hefty) Griselda, but after his own father disowns him on his deathbed, Dennis must trek to a wondrous medieval metropolis, then in the midst of a flesh-scarfing-monster scare, to get a job. The Dark Ages don't get much darker as guards relieve themselves from castle walls, Mr. Fishfinger hangs rearwards from his window, the sight of the monster scares a man's teeth white, and noble spectators enjoy repeated blood drenchings at a tournament. Only the occasional shaft of light penetrates the gloomy, grimy throne room of Max Wall's King Bruno the Questionable, as merchants and prelates argue the good of the Monster for business and religion and John Le Mesurier's Chamberlain offers heroically deadpan comments amid the grotesqueries. But ultimately there must be a showdown with the genuinely fearsome Beast...

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1977
Distribution Company
Cinema 5/Sony Pictures Releasing

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

It is the middle of the dark ages, ages darker than anyone had expected.
- Narrator
I keep your potato.
- Dennis

Trivia

Originally promoted and released in some countries as "Monty Python's Jabberwocky" against the wishes of Terry Gilliam. Threats of legal action resulted in the Python reference being removed from the title on all subsequent reissues.

Many of the scenes were shot in a single take, as there was not enough time or money to afford multiple tries.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States January 1996

Released in United States on Video October 23, 2001

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1977

Re-released in United States October 19, 2001

Terry Gilliam's feature solo-directorial debut following "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" his co-directing effort with Terry Jones (1975/United Kingdom).

Released in United States January 1996 (Shown in New York City (American Museum of the Moving Image) as part of program "Fairy Tales For Adults: A Terry Gilliam Retrospective" January 6-21, 1996.)

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1977

Re-released in United States October 19, 2001 (Film Forum; New York City)

Released in United States on Video October 23, 2001