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Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)

The Monty Python troupe perform a combination of classic sketches and new material at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Cast overview:
Second Barber / Colin 'Bomber' Harris / Pope's Servant / Abe Seagull / Silly Walker / Inspector Praline / The Colonel / Nobby Hegel / Second Yorkshireman / Abuser / Lecturer / A humble woodcutter / Son / Mountie
Third Barber / Mao Zedong / Constable Parrot / Kant / I've got two legs singer / Demonstrator #3 / Man with beans / Mountie
Neil Innes ...
Second Bruce / Carl Weetabix / Idiot / Detective-Other


A collection of skits that made the Python troup famous, performed live at the Hollywood Bowl. Included are the singing philosophers, lumberjacks, the pope, and a suspiciously-male looking seabird vendor. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Never before in the history of human civilization has there been a movie called "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl"


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Release Date:

25 June 1982 (USA)  »

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Monty Python i Hollywood  »

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Filmed while the Python troupe were in the midst of writing The Meaning of Life (1983). According to one book on the team, the Hollywood Bowl shows were intended to help the group break out of a writing impasse they had encountered. See more »


Che Guevara is referred to as "the Bolivian guerrilla leader". While he traveled extensively in Bolivia, he's originally from Argentina. See more »


Fourth Yorkshireman: Cardboard box?
Third Yorkshireman: Yes.
Fourth Yorkshireman: You were lucky!
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening also features spanning shots of the audience, including some obvious die-hard Monty Python fanatics. Amongst them are someone dressed as a Spam vendor, someone dressed as Gumby (the Monty Python sketch character, not the green clay guy), and someone with a "Monty Python for President" sign. See more »


Version of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »


Never Be Rude To an Arab
Written by Terry Jones
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Inevitably uneven, but in its best moments brilliant
8 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I consider the Pythons to be one of the best comedy groups that ever appeared on the screen, perhaps even THE best (it's either them or the Marx Brothers). If you agree even partially, you should not miss "Live at the Hollywood Bowl". Irreverence and surrealism in abundance - as you would expect from the Python guys at their best. Sure, devoted fans have probably seen many of these sketches before, but that won't stop them from enjoying them again - it certainly didn't stop the live audience at the time. There are some slow spots and the picture quality is fairly poor (as the show was videotaped and then transferred to film), but how can you say anything bad about a film that has you crying from too much laughter at least twice? ("What? Only one Christ?") (***)

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