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The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982)

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The film of an on-stage charity benefit for Amnesty International. The show includes comedy skits by the members of Monty Python, as well as noted comedians Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson, and ... See full summary »

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The film of an on-stage charity benefit for Amnesty International. The show includes comedy skits by the members of Monty Python, as well as noted comedians Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson, and others. The show also includes musical numbers by Eric Clapton, Sting, Donovan and Bob Geldof. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A joke awards night, "The Other Awards", was held in association with the movie as a promotional publicity stunt. A number of the spoof award categories and a picture of the award itself (which was a little silver statue of Colin Wheeler's cross-dressing Policeman icon) appeared on movie posters for the film. Such movie posters often declared in big bold type: "54 NOMINATIONS!". Those included on posters and press ads were (1) Best Use Of Silly Noises In A Sketch About Bee-keeping...Rowan Atkinson (2) Best Solo Performance By A Rock Star Whose Name Sounds Like String...Sting (3) Best Portrayal Of A Glaswegian Called Billy Connolly...Billy Connolly (4) Best Striptease By A Male And Female Comedy Team...John Cleese and Pamela Stephenson and (5) Best Performance By Three Grown Men In Gymslips And Pigtails...John Bird, Graham Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor. See more »

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Reginald Prawnbaum: [Rolling his eyes] While the worker bees...
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In the version that has segments from the first and second shows, Michael Palin interrupts the credits to sell various "Secret Policeman's" products to the viewer (profits going to Amnesty International). See more »

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If you don't expect it to be particularly funny, it's worth seeing...or at least listening.
14 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The first Amnesty International benefit film, "The Secret Policeman's Ball", consisted almost exclusively of British comedy--with many of the top comedians the country had to offer--including almost all the Monty Python members. However, by this 1982 film, some changes had occurred. Despite IMDb saying something about the Monty Python alumni, only two of the group are in this one. Many of the other performers are faceless to the average American aside from a young Rowan Atkinson. However, comedy now only made up half the show--the rest were big-name musicians from the era, such as Sting and Phil Collins. Now if the comedy had been good, the music (if you don't care for it) could be ignored and the film still be worth seeing. Unfortunately, none of the skits were particularly funny. In fact, there was almost no laughter to be had if you see it today. Such unfunny skits included one about anonymous gay sex, nude dancers (actually just dressed guys with paper over their naughty bits), a couple decent impersonations (of Mr. Thatcher and Reagan) and a tacky joke about deaf people.

Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing that interested me in this film. Now to put it in context, I LOVE British comedy (my favorite comedies are all British--such as "Monty Python", "The Vicar of Dibley", "Mr. Bean", "Little Britain" and "Waiting for God"). But, I do not like improvised BAD British comedy, so there is absolutely no way I'd recommend this. In fact, I was so disappointed that the music was actually better (and funnier) than the skits.


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