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February 1978 (USA) See more »
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Cast

 

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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UK:74 min | USA:85 min
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Australia:M | UK:A | UK:12 (re-release)

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This was the film version of the Amnesty International stage show "A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick)".See more »
Quotes:
Alan Bennett:[dictating a telegram into the telephone] I want to end it if I may, "NORWICH".
[pause]
Alan Bennett:"NORWICH", yes. Well, it's an idiomatic way of saying, "Knickers Off Ready When I Come Home". You see, it's the initial letters of each word.
[pause]
Alan Bennett:Yes, I know "knickers" is spelt with a "K". I was at Oxford, it was one of the first things they taught us.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Some excellent stuff here, some rare, and not all Python, 20 May 1999
Author: metaphor-2 from United States

It's been years since I saw this show, but some of it still rings in my memory.

It should be noted that this is a filmed record of a live performance, a benefit for Amnesty International, which became an annual festivity. (There are 2 other documentaries of later installments of this event, "The Secret Policeman's Ball" and "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball".) It was a gathering of most of the famous "Oxbridge" comedians, including several members of the "Beyond The Fringe" troupe of the early 60's (Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller), most of the Pythons, and such other comedy luminaries as Barry Humphries doing his Dame Edna Everedge character. It includes some behind-the-scenes footage (which is good) but it cuts short some of the performances (which, we hope, improves them, but we'll never know.)

Th Python material is mostly familiar, although a few things do happen in Live performance to vary the known script. But the real delight is the other stuff. Jonathan Miller's dry wit, and the late Peter Cook's absolutely devastatingly funny routines, "I Wanted to be a Judge" and "I've a Viper in this Box."

Overall, it is as full of good material as any single Python show ever was, perhaps more full. For a true Python fan, it represents a chance to see where the Pythons drew much of their style and inspiration from. For everyone else, it is an excellent chance to see some of the best British comedians of the 60's and 70's.

"I wanted to be a judge, but I didn't 'ave the Latin. You need a lot of latin to pass the judgin' exams. They're very rigorous. the judgin' exams are. People come staggerin' out, going 'Ow my Gawd, wha' a rigo'ous exam!" So I decided to become a miner instead. A coal miner. They're not near so rigorous, the coal miner's exams. They've only got one question, "What is your name?" And I scored 75%!"

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