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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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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 Attenburrow  (as 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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Also Known As:
UK:99 min | USA:91 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | UK:AA (theatrical rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

In a 1986 interview on the NBC Today Show, Sting said, "I've been a member of Amnesty for five years and a supporter because of an entertainment show which was called 'The Secret Policeman's [Other] Ball' which I was involved in. And before that I didn't know about Amnesty's work and so in a sense I'm a success story". In 2004, in an interview with BBC-TV, Sting added, "The seed was planted at Amnesty for Bob Geldof. He saw what they were doing. He saw how entertainment could help that process and then he took the "Ball" and ran with it. Further than anybody could possibly imagine".See more »
Reginald Prawnbaum:[Rolling his eyes] While the worker bees...
The Crazy Interviewer:Ssshh.
Reginald from flower to flower...
The Crazy Interviewer:Ssshh.
Reginald Prawnbaum:...collecting...
The Crazy Interviewer:Ssshh.
Reginald Prawnbaum:...the...
The Crazy Interviewer:Ssshh.
[Long pause. Prawnbaum prepares to say the word, and notices the Interviewer preparing to make the noise again]
Reginald Prawnbaum:...pollen.
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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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