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23 September 1982 (Australia) See more »
The film of an on-stage charity benefit for Amnesty International. The show includes comedy skits by the members of Monty Python... See more » | Add synopsis »
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If you don't expect it to be particularly funny, it's worth seeing...or at least listening. See more (4 total) »



Rowan Atkinson ... Himself / Various Roles

Jeff Beck ... Himself

Alan Bennett ... Himself / Various Roles
John Bird ... Himself / Various Roles
Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Himself / Various Characters
Jasper Carrott ... Himself
Doreen Chanter ... The Secret Policeman Choir

Graham Chapman ... Himself / Various Roles

Eric Clapton ... Himself

John Cleese ... Himself / Various Roles

Phil Collins ... Himself

Billy Connolly ... Himself
Peter Cook ... Himself / Various Roles
Chris Cross ... The Secret Policeman Choir

Donovan ... Himself

Sheena Easton ... The Secret Policeman Choir
Johnnie Fingers ... Himself (as Johnny Fingers)

John Fortune ... Himself / Various Roles

Bob Geldof ... Himself

Barry Humphries ... Himself / Various Roles
Neil Innes ... Himself

Chris Langham ... Himself / Various Roles
Micky Moody ... The Secret Policeman Choir

Michael Palin ... Himself / Various Roles

David Rappaport ... Various
Griff Rhys Jones ... Himself / Various Roles
Tom Robinson ... The Secret Policeman Choir
Alexei Sayle ... Himself

Pamela Stephenson ... Herself / Various Roles

Sting ... Himself
Daryl Stuermer ... Various
Linda Taylor ... The Secret Policeman Choir
Danny Thompson ... Various
Midge Ure ... The Secret Policeman Choir
John Wells ... Himself / Various Roles
Maynard Williams ... Various
Victoria Wood ... Herself

Directed by
Julien Temple 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terence Dackombe  contributing writer

Produced by
Corky Burger .... producer
Roger Graef .... producer
Michael Hamlyn .... associate producer
Martin Lewis .... producer
Peter Walker .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... producer
Harvey Weinstein .... producer
John Cleese .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
Film Editing by
Andy Attenburrough 
Geoff Hogg 
Thomas Schwalm 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Cleese .... assistant director
Sound Department
Chris Munro .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
John Metcalfe .... camera operator
Simon Ransley .... camera operator
Music Department
John Altman .... musical director
Alan Brewer .... music mixer
Larry Jackson .... special thanks

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UK:99 min | USA:91 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:AA (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R

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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 »
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 picked up. If, uh, if I want you to be quiet, I will say "Sush". You were saying?
Reginald Prawnbaum:Oh, well, even as a child, I used to wander around...
The Crazy Interviewer:Ssshh.
Reginald Prawnbaum:[Briefly pauses] Oh, sorry. In the fields near my home, watching the bees fly from flower to flower...
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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
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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