There have been many movies over the years about Time and time travel: The Time Machine (1960), Planet of the Apes (1968), Back to the Future (1985) and Groundhog Day (1993) are some memorable ones, but my all-time favorite is Time Bandits, a dark sci-fi comedy released in 1980.
In director Terry Gillam’s epic voyage through time and space, a group of mischievous dwarves steal a special map from the Supreme Being and use it to try to get rich. This coveted map of the universe reveals gaping flaws through which time travel is possible.
In a nod to C.S. Lewis’ Narnia tales, a young boy named Kevin joins them through a portal from his bedroom closet. He has encounters with Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (Monty Python’s, John Cleese), Agamemnon (Sean Connery), an Ogre (Peter Vaughan) and Evil (David Warner). Evil is after the map in order to become the Supreme Being himself.
I always coveted a copy of the time map, too. Much to my delight, I found a version on the web.
Graphic designer John Heilman of Metropolis created a replica from the movie prop. The price is a little steep, but I may treat myself to one for Christmas.