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Graham Chapman (screen foreplay & conception) &
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22 August 1972 (USA) See more »
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An anthology of Monty Python's best sketches from their 1st & 2nd seasons of their original TV show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Graham Chapman ... Brother / Policeman / Defence attorney / British pedestrian / Mr. Harrison (Apricot) / Sergeant-Major / 'Hell's Grannies' policeman / Jimmy Blankensop / Sir Edward Ross / Restaurant patron #1 / Letter Writer / Oliver St. John Mollusk / Mountie / Town Guild Lady

John Cleese ... Announcer / Hungarian Man / Self-Defence Teacher / Sir George Head / Policeman / Interviewer / Mr. Praline / Second General / Christopher Columbus / Mungo the Cook / Bank Robber / Accountant #2 (falling past the window) / Vocational Guidance Counselor / Vivian Smith Smythe Smith / Mountie / Town Guild Lady

Terry Gilliam ... Self-defence nun / Flasher / Uncle Sam / Caterpillar man / Sign holder

Eric Idle ... Prosecutor / Marriage Counselor / Arthur Nudge / Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed sticks) / 'Hell's Grannies' analyst / Arthur Wilson / Arthur Wilson Two / Nightclub Emcee / Linkman / First General / Restaurant Manager / Lingerie Shop Owner / Accountant #1 (falling past the window) / Fairy Godmother / Rita Fairbanks / Simon Zinc Trumpet Harris / Mountie / Lady With Cookbook

Terry Jones ... Stage Manager / Tobacconist / 2nd Hungarian Man / Squire / Self-defence student #3 / Tenant #1 / Flasher / Mouse Organist Ken Ewing / Fat Soldier / Waiter / Nude Organist / Brian / Nigel Incubator Jones

Michael Palin ... Man with tape recorder / Phrasebook Author / Arthur Pewtey / Self-defence student #2 / Tenant #2 / Lost His Wallet / Shrill Petrol Announcer / Milkman / Ernest Scribbler / Bevis (pet shop employee / lumberjack) / Headwaiter Gilberto / Herbert Anchovy / Gervais Brookhamster / Town Guild Lady

Carol Cleveland ... Dierdre Pewtey / Storyteller / Milkman Collector / Restaurant Patron #2 / Elsbeth

Connie Booth ... Best Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself - with Munich Accord (archive footage) (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Speech to RAD, from T.d.W. (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lesley Judd ... Distraught Mother (uncredited)
King George VI ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Beggar (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ian MacNaughton 
 
Writing credits
Graham Chapman (screen foreplay & conception) &
John Cleese (screen foreplay & conception) &
Terry Gilliam (screen foreplay & conception) &
Eric Idle (screen foreplay & conception) &
Terry Jones (screen foreplay & conception) &
Michael Palin (screen foreplay & conception)

Produced by
Patricia Casey .... producer
Victor Lownes .... executive producer
David Gil .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Douglas Gamley (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Muir (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
 
Art Direction by
Colin Grimes 
 
Makeup Department
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdresser
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kevin Francis .... production manager
Tim Hampton .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Hermes .... assistant director (as Doug Hermes)
 
Art Department
Bob Hedges .... property master
Leo Mason .... construction manager
Tony Noble .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
John Brommage .... sound mixer
Terry Poulton .... dubbing editor
Dennis Berry .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Horton .... special effects consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Grainger .... camera operator
Douglas Webb .... still photographs
Nobby Cross .... gaffer (uncredited)
Roy Rodhouse .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Terry Gilliam .... animator
Bob Godfrey .... animation photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ken Lewington .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
Pepita Fairfax .... assistant film editor
 
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... continuity
Graham Chapman .... presenter (as Monty Python)
John Cleese .... presenter (as Monty Python)
Terry Gilliam .... presenter (as Monty Python)
Jack Hawtree .... production accountant
Eric Idle .... presenter (as Monty Python)
Terry Jones .... presenter (as Monty Python)
Michael Palin .... presenter (as Monty Python)
Sally Pardo .... production secretary (as Sally Hyman)
 
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88 min
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Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-3 (new rating) (1996) | Finland:K-10 (original rating) (1984) | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
An obstacle course in the "Upper Class Twit of the Year" scene has the competitors jumping over matchboxes. Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith is the only one who "refuses" (doesn't jump). In the series, Nigel Incubator-Jones was the one to refuse.See more »
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Continuity: During the Dead Parrot sketch, John Cleese's arms alternate between crossed and on his hips between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Announcer: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]
Announcer:This demonstrates the value of not being seen.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Toy Story (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
La MarseilleiseSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Strictly for Python neophytes, 8 September 2002
Author: magic_marker from london

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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