Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from "Do Aphrodisiacs Work?" in which a court ... See full summary »
British pedestrian /
Mr. Harrison (Apricot) /
'Hell's Grannies' policeman /
Jimmy Blankensop /
Sir Edward Ross /
Restaurant patron #1 /
Letter Writer /
Oliver St. John Mollusk /
Town Guild Lady
Marriage Counselor /
Arthur Nudge /
Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed sticks) /
'Hell's Grannies' analyst /
Arthur Wilson /
Arthur Wilson Two /
Nightclub Emcee /
First General /
Restaurant Manager /
Lingerie Shop Owner /
Accountant #1 (falling past the window) /
Fairy Godmother /
Rita Fairbanks /
Simon Zinc Trumpet Harris /
Lady With Cookbook
Man with tape recorder /
Phrasebook Author /
Arthur Pewtey /
Self-defence student #2 /
Tenant #2 /
Lost His Wallet /
Shrill Petrol Announcer /
Ernest Scribbler /
Bevis (pet shop employee /
Headwaiter Gilberto /
Herbert Anchovy /
Gervais Brookhamster /
Town Guild Lady
A collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second series of the cult TV comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge", "Hell's Grannies", "Killer Cars", "Dead Parrot", "Lumberjack Song", "Blackmail" and "Upper Class Twit of the Year". Written by
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Monty Python's movie debut. The movie was intended to introduce American audiences to Python's comedy, but ironically, it did far better business in Britain, where viewers had already seen the movie's sketches on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" See more »
During the Dead Parrot sketch, John Cleese's arms alternate between crossed and on his hips between shots. See more »
In this picture, there are forty-seven people. None of them can be seen. In this film, we hope to show you how not to be seen. This is Mr E.R. Bradshaw of Napier Court, Black Lion Road, London, SE14. He cannot be seen. Now I'm going to ask him to stand up. Mr Bradshaw, will you stand up, please?
[Mr Bradshaw stands up and is shot]
This demonstrates the value of not being seen.
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After the opening theme song, a "THE END" screen comes up, and stage manager Terry Jones apologises for the brevity of the film. See more »
To most hardcore Python fans, this film will be irrellevant, as they probably have every single sketch on DVD already, and this is essentially a "greatest hits album."
So I am going to direct this review at those who have never heard of Python before.
The film opens with a sketch called "How not to be seen," during which the narrator shoots several people in cold blood, blows people up, and then finally breaks down into hysterical laughter when he bombs a children's hospital.
This sketch is hillariously, gut bustingly funny. Why? That is the great mystery of Python. Is it the impeccable timing, the wonderful acting, or the peerless gags? Could be. But I think it is more the brilliant sense of anarchy and loony logic that makes them so brilliant. It was, after all, those people's own bloody fault they were shot; they could be seen!
Beyond this, there are the sketches that are so well known they have become cliches: the Dead Parrot sketch ("Listen mate, this parrot is dead! It's a stiff! Bereft of life it rests in peace; if you hadn't nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies! This is an ex-parrot!") the Lumberjack Song ("I chop down trees, I wear high heels suspenders and a bra!/I wish I'd been a girlie, just like my dear Mama!"), the Dirty Fork sketch ("A dirty, ugly smelly piece of cultlery!!") and so on.
There is still no substitute for watching the show. Indeed many of their best sketches aren't on here; the Cheese sketch, the Adventure Holiday sketch, and my personal favourite, the Eric the Fish sketch ("Why should I be TARRED with the epithet "loony" simply because I have a pet 'alibut?"). Still this is a fairly safe introduction to their unique (That's putting it mildly) brand of humour.
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