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February 1978 (USA) See more »
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Alan Bennett ... Various
John Bird ... Various
Eleanor Bron ... Various
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Various Characters

Graham Chapman ... Various

John Cleese ... Pet Shop Customer / The Pope / Various

Carol Cleveland ... Various

Peter Cook ... E.L. Wisty / Various

John Fortune ... Various
Graeme Garden ... Various

Terry Gilliam ... Various

Barry Humphries ... Edna Everage
Neil Innes ... Various
Des Jones ... Various

Terry Jones ... Various

Jonathan Lynn ... Michelangelo / Various
Jonathan Miller ... Various

Dudley Moore ... Narrator
Bill Oddie ... Various Characters

Michael Palin ... Pet Shop Owner

Directed by
Roger Graef 
Jonathan Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Bennett 
Graham Chapman 
Peter Cook 
Michael Frayn 
Barry Humphries 
Eric Idle 
Neil Innes 
Terry Jones 
Jonathan Miller 
Bill Oddie 
Michael Palin 

Produced by
Roger Graef .... producer
Peter Luff .... stage producer
David Simpson .... stage producer
John Cleese .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Steven Shaw  (as Steve Shaw)
Charles Stewart 
Ernest Vincze 
Film Editing by
Thomas Schwalm 
Sound Department
Iain Bruce .... sound
Ritchie Gold .... performance sound
Eoin McCann .... sound
Peter Rann .... sound
Music Department
Neil Innes .... composer: additional music
Bill Oddie .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Charles Elsesser .... production team
Jan Elson .... production team
John Mister .... production team
Jana Whitten .... production team

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
UK:74 min | USA:85 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:A | UK:12 (re-release)

Did You Know?

This was the film version of the Amnesty International stage show "A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)".See more »
E.L. Wisty:They're not so rigorous, the mining exams, they only ask you one question. They say "who are you?" and I got 75% on that.See more »
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It could have been a lot better..., 5 December 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The version I saw of this show was much longer than the one mentioned here and in the other reviews. It was 106 minutes and it had quite a few problems that prevent it from being a must-see for fans of British comedy. Part of the problem might just be because in restoring the missing footage, a lot of uninteresting material (especially pre-show preparations) was included. So, instead of a straight filming of the live comedy show (which I'd hoped for), it's more like a documentary of the show. Another problem is no captions or closed captions on the DVD. British audiences may have less need of captioning (as they can probably understand the accents more readily) but this is not the only reason I would have loved captioning--it is because the sound quality is often quite poor and even a Brit might appreciate captions. Finally, the biggest problem is because it is a documentary and not a straight recording of the show, too often the comedy routines are abbreviated or cut in half (inserting irrelevant backstage banter and scenes into the middle of a funny skit--thus ruining the flow). The bottom line it that this is also a pretty lousy looking documentary--seeming random and slapped together.

So is it worth seeing despite these serious problems? Well, it depends on you. If you love British comedy and can accept the show with all its limitations, it. There are some very funny skits (my favorite was the scene with the Pope and the painting of the Second to Last Supper). But, if you aren't that familiar with Monty Python, Peter Cooke (who's very good here), the Goodies and the rest, don't bother--you won't appreciate them as much because they simply aren't at their best.

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