Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam was born November 22 1940. He´s the only non-british Python, since he is from Minneapolis in the U.S.A.

Gilliam was the creator of all the brilliant animations in "Flying Circus" and the Python films.

His biggest in and outside Python successes have been as director. Here are some examples:

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975). Monty Python´s second film. He co-directed it with Terry Jones.

"Time Bandits" (1981), which actually became a bigger moneymaker than the Python films. "Time Bandits" featured John Cleese, Michael Palin (who also co-wrote the script), Sean Connery and many more.

"Brazil" (1985). Gilliam fought hard to get this movie released by Universal Pictures. They found it too dark and wanted a happy ending. Finally, Gilliam won the struggle, but he claimed that Universal didn´t promote and distribute "Brazil" properly. It did, however, end up as a great film. The main character was played by Jonathan Pryce. Some other actors were Michael Palin, Robert DeNiro, Bob Hoskins and Kim Griest.

"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1989). There were some problems with this film as well as with "Brazil". It ran over budget and the studio threatened to take the film away from Gilliam in the middle of the shoot. He did, in spite of that, complete the film as he wanted. The cast included Eric Idle and John Neville.

"The Fisher King" (1991). It´s about a radio show host (Jeff Bridges), who by mistake inspires a man to become a murderer. He then meets some pretty strange people, for exemple Robin Williams.

"12 Monkeys" (1995). A great, wonderful and confusing movie with Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe. A man is sent back in time from 2035 to find facts about a virus, that killed 99 % of the earth´s population.

We´ll see what Terry Gilliam will come up with next...

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