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Jabberwocky is a 1977 British fantasy comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Michael Palin as Dennis, a cooper's apprentice, who is forced through clumsy, often slapstick misfortunes to hunt a terrible dragon after the death of his father. The film's title is taken from the nonsense poem "Jabberwocky" from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass (1871).

Plot

In the depths of the Dark Ages, a carnivorous monster ravages the domains of King Bruno the Questionable. Life carries on as normal only in isolated villages; in one such village, innocent young Dennis Cooper pursues a career as a cooper in his ailing father’s workshop. Mr. Cooper, senior, despises his son for valuing profit over craftsmanship, and when his illness becomes terminal he publicly disinherits Dennis in an abuse-ridden deathbed speech. Dennis decides to travel to the kingdom’s capital city, establish a new career, and then return to marry his love, a local woman named Griselda Fishfinger who doesn’t reciprocate his affection. At their last meeting Griselda throws a potato at Dennis, who keeps it as a cherished memento.