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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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According to the blog on the "Smarter Than Average" website, the spoof awards show, 'The Other Awards', associated with this movie, was to be held "...at a cinema on Regent Street following a screening of the film. It was due to be held at BAFTA's own 200-seater theatre around the corner on Piccadilly, but the British Academy got wind of the show's satirical intent four days before it was due to take place and canceled the £2,500 booking, causing a minor scandal in the Monday the 15th of March 1982 newspapers. Peter Cook was the host, announcing the award-winners from the increasingly expanding envelopes. There were supposed to be sixteen awards of Martin Lewis' creation given out, with all the winners being prearranged - "Tonight," Cook promised at the event's start, "there will be absolutely no suspense" - but this number was reduced when not every winner could show up; absentees included Eric Clapton and Donovan, the latter set to accept 'The Award For Reminding Us How Silly We Were All In '60s' - though Cook replaced 'Martin Lewis' word "Silly" with "Sensible"...footage of the event aired on BBC1 during the 6:25pm to 6:55pm segment of Nationwide (1969) on Thursday the 18th of March 1982, mere hours before David Frost hosted the genuine BAFTA Awards at 9.30pm on ITV". See more »

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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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