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The Secret Policeman's Ball -- Trailer for the boxed set of these comedy concerts


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June 1980 (UK) See more »
A series of benefit concerts to raise money for Amnesty International. Performances include comedy skits... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Abrahams ... Himself (Piano Player)

Rowan Atkinson ... Various Roles
Chris Beetles ... Beetles and Buckman
Mike Brearley ... Himself

Eleanor Bron ... Various Roles
Rob Buckman ... Beetles and Buckman
Ken Campbell ... Himself
Suzanne Church ... Herself

John Cleese ... Himself - Various Roles

Billy Connolly ... Himself
Peter Cook ... Various Roles
Anna Ford ... Herself
Clive James ... Himself
Clive Jenkins ... Himself

Sylvester McCoy ... Himself

Michael Palin ... Various Roles

David Rappaport ... Himself / Various Roles
Tom Robinson ... Himself
Marcel Steiner ... Himself

Pete Townshend ... Himself
John Williams ... Himself

Terry Jones ... Himself / Various Roles (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Graef 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Billy Connolly  writer

Produced by
John Cleese .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Pascoe MacFarlaine 
Clive Tickner 
Ernest Vincze 
Camera and Electrical Department
Trevor Brooker .... camera assistant
Other crew
John Cleese .... stage director


Additional Details

Also Known As:
Portugal:94 min | UK:94 min (theatrical version) | UK:60 min (TV premiere)
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:AA (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating)

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The film's opening credits declare that the stage production was slightly directed by John Cleese. When Cleese agreed to direct the show, he asked that his billing read "slightly directed by John Cleese".See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Still funny all these years later, 25 September 2003
Author: tonygillan from England

The best bits of this show are still excellent, particularly the Cleese, Cook, Palin and Billy Connolly contributions. There is some fine music too from Pete Townshend and Tom Robinson.

Peter Cook's judge sketch is a notable highlight, although some of it may be lost on people unfamiliar with the Jeremy Thorpe trial (Thorpe was a British politician who was acquitted of murder after the judge had led the jury to an outrageous degree in his summing up. 'Now go and consider your verdict....of not guilty').

The 'Interesting Facts' sketch with Cook and Cleese is an all time classic, up there with anything by Monty Python, Harry Enfield, Marty Feldman, Saturday Night Live or anyone.

One note of caution. I bought the DVD box set and both of Billy Connolly's routines have been excluded. I have no idea why, but it is a pity as he is in top form on this show.

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