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Jabberwocky

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Filmed on location in Wales and London and at Shepperton Studios, England. Terry Gilliam was upset when the film was advertised as MONTY PYTHON'S JABBERWOCKY in the United States. Gilliam was purposefully trying to distance himself from the troupe and felt that the film was too dark and serious to be called a Monty Python film, that American audiences would go in expecting more of a farce. Judging from the initial box-office receipts, he was correct. Gilliam had been interested in Lewis Carroll--ALICE IN WONDERLAND, specifically--since he tried unsuccessfully to stage the work in a grand manner at summer camp in 1961, when he was 20. He has said, "I always remember how important Alice was for everything I do. The title and the monster in JABBERWOCKY, the girl in MUNCHAUSEN is Alice." Terry Gilliam makes two brief cameos as a man who thinks his rocks are diamonds. Monty Python veteran Terry Jones makes a cameo performance in the opening scene as the poacher who unfortunately meets the monster. The monster was not the result of special-effects wizardry; it was basically a man in costume walking backward. Some of the sets for JABBERWOCKY were stolen from the set of OLIVER! Gilliam wanted to purchase a sewer set and a catapult from Blake Edwards, who was making one of the Pink Panther sequels at Shepperton Studios, but Edwards chose to destroy the things rather than give them to another film. Thus, the sewer scene had to be changed.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92249

  • Credits
    Michael Palin, Deborah Fallender, Max Wall, John Le Mesurier, Annette Badland, Warren Mitchell, Harry H. Corbett, Rodney Bewes, Brenda Cowling
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The most marvelously demented British comedy to come along since MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL....Very funny, yet it looks like an epic."
    New York Times

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