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The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982)

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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Members of the popular Monty Python troupe appearing in this show included Michael Palin, John Cleese and Graham Chapman. See more »

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The Crazy Interviewer: Good evening. Tonight, we're taking a look at Beekeeping, and here to tell us all about it, we have in the studio a man who's been keeping bees for over forty years. Mr. Reginald Prawnbaum. Good evening, Mr. Prawnbaum.
Reginald Prawnbaum: Good evening.
The Crazy Interviewer: Tell me. What first interested you in the bee world, Mr. Prawnbaum?
Reginald Prawnbaum: Well, um, even as a child, I used to...
The Crazy Interviewer: Ssshh.
Reginald Prawnbaum: I'm sorry, shouldn't I have said that?
The Crazy Interviewer: No, of course you should have. Pay no attention, please. When I say "Ssshh", it's just a nervous mannerism I've ...
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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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Followed by The Secret Policeman's Ball (2012) See more »

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Catch The Wind
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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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