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Jabberwocky (1977)

Inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem, Terry Gilliam’s debut feature is an uneven mix of medieval tomfoolery and crude Monty Python humour.

Fellow Python Michael Palin plays the humble peasant hero who, to prove his worth and win the hand of a fair maiden, sets out to kill the fearsome “manxome foe”.

The production design is stunning, and the look of the Jabberwock is based on the illustrations that Sir John Tenniel created for Carroll’s original book.

For all that, Gilliam’s grim fantasy only periodically raises itself above the tiresome.

Dennis Cooper
Michael Palin
King Bruno the Questionable

Max Wall
Princess
Deborah Fallender
Chamberlain

John Le Mesurier
Griselda Fishfinger
Annette Badland
Mr Fishfinger

Warren Mitchell
Mrs Fishfinger
Brenda Cowling
Squire

Harry H Corbett
Other Squire

Rodney Bewes
Landlord

Bernard Bresslaw
Betsy
Alexandra Dane
Bishop
Derek Francis
First Herald

John Bird
Second Herald

Neil Innes
Man with Rock

Terry Gilliam
Poacher

Terry Jones
Armourer

Brian Glover
Sister Jessica

Gorden Kaye

Director
Terry Gilliam

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