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Yellowbeard -- Written largely by Monty Python veteran Graham Chapman and with an all-star comedic cast, YELLOWBEARD is a hilarious spoof of every pirate movie ever made.  A 16th century raunchy pirate spoof in which everyone - Monty Python, Cheech and Chong, James Mason, Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle - wants to get their hands on hidden pirate treasure.  But first they have to capture Captain Yellowbeard's son, who has the map tatooed on his skull.


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Release Date:
24 June 1983 (USA) See more »
A picture filled with public floggings, saucy tarts, looney lords, outrageousness, offensiveness, even a stuffed crocodile and sheep! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Yellowbeard, a pirate's pirate, is allowed to escape from prison to lead the authorities to his treasure... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Mel Damski 
Writing credits
Graham Chapman (written by) &
Peter Cook (written by) &
Bernard McKenna (written by)

David Sherlock  uncredited

Produced by
John Daly .... executive producer
Carter DeHaven .... producer (as Carter De Haven)
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Casting by
Michael McLean 
Production Design by
Joseph R. Jennings 
Costume Design by
Stephen Miles  (as T. Stephen Miles)
Makeup Department
Bertha Chiu .... hair stylist: Mexican crew
Humberto Escamilla .... wigs: Mexican crew
Ramon Gow .... chief hairdresser: English crew
Lilia Palomino .... makeup artist: Mexican crew
Neville Smallwood .... chief makeup artist: English crew
Production Management
Brad H. Aronson .... production manager: American crew
David Ball .... production manager: English crew
Denis Holt .... production manager: English crew (as Dennis Holt)
Miguel Lima .... production manager: Mexican crew
Antonio Rubio .... production manager: Mexican crew (as Tony Rubio)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Cisneros .... first assistant director: Mexican crew
Sam Epstein .... second assistant director: American crew (as Samuel M. Epstein)
Richard Espinoza .... second assistant director: American crew (as Richard L. Espinoza)
Ted Morley .... first assistant director: English crew
Clive Reed .... first assistant director: English crew
Art Department
Gary Clark .... painter: American crew
Carlos Cortes .... property master: Mexican crew
Al DeGaetano .... construction coordinator: American crew (as Alfred De Gaetano)
Tim Hutchinson .... set decorator: English crew
Peter James .... set decorator: English crew
Syd Nightingale .... construction manager: English crew
Teresa Pecanins .... set decorator: Mexican crew
Moises Pineda .... production buyer assistant
Jack Shampan .... art director: English crew
George Stuart Jr. .... painter: American crew (as George Stuart)
Arthur Wicks .... property master: English crew
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator: English crew
Kevin F. Cleary .... re-recording mixer: American crew (as Kevin Cleary)
Jorge Gómez .... boom man: Mexican crew (as Jorge Gomez)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects: Soundtrax - American crew
Art Ottinger .... dialogue editor: American crew (as Arthur G. Ottinger)
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer: English crew
Robert Thirlwell .... re-recording mixer: American crew (as Bob Thirlwell)
Manuel Topete .... sound mixer: Mexican crew
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer: American crew (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Special Effects by
Arthur Beavis .... special effects: English crew
Andy Evans .... special effects: American crew
Raul Falomir .... special effects: Mexican crew
Michael Cassidy .... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
Loren Janes .... stunts
Walter Robles .... stunts (as Walt Robles)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator: American crew
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts
Terry Walsh .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunts
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (as George Wilbur)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Brookner .... video assist
Donaciano De Anda .... gaffer: Mexican crew (as Doniciano de Anda)
Bernard Ford .... camera operator: English crew (as Bernie Ford)
David James .... still photographer: English crew
Manuel Jiménez .... first assistant camera: Mexican crew (as Manuel Jimenez)
Carlos Montaño .... camera operator: Mexican crew
Mike Rutter .... assistant camera: English crew (as Michael Rutter)
León Sánchez .... camera operator: Mexican crew (as Leon Sanchez)
Salvador Vázquez .... key grip: Mexican crew (as Salvador Vasquez)
Casting Department
Celestia Fox .... additional casting: English crew
Nancy Foy .... casting assistant
Rodolfo García .... extras delegate: Mexican crew (as Rodolfo Garcia Escobar)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurann Cordero .... wardrobe: American crew
Gilly Hebden .... assistant costume designer
Janet Lucas .... wardrobe mistress: English crew
Christa von Humboldt .... wardrobe supervisor: Mexican crew
Editorial Department
Melissa Bretherton .... second assistant editor: American crew (as Mellissa Bretherton)
Carter DeHaven .... second assistant editor: American crew (as Carter De Haven IV)
Raja Gosnell .... assistant editor: American crew
Location Management
Terry Lens .... location manager: English crew
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator: American crew
Dan Wallin .... scoring engineer: Record Plant Scoring - American crew
James D. Young .... music editor: Unlimited Hope, Inc. - American crew
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mauro Venegas .... transportation coordinator: Mexican crew (as Mauro Venegas Almanza)
Arturo Curiel .... driver (uncredited)
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Laura Aguilar .... production secretary: Mexican crew
Angela Allen .... continuity: English crew
David Beecraft .... production assistant: American crew
Hugh Boyd .... captain of the "Bounty": American crew
Mary Ann Braubach .... assistant to Mr. Damski: American crew
John Daly .... presenter
Carter DeHaven .... presenter (as Carter De Haven)
Lorraine Fennell .... production coordinator: English crew
Melissa Goddard .... production assistant: American crew
Alicia Ibáñez .... production secretary: Mexican crew (as Alicia Ibañez)
Manuel Louis .... boat master: American crew
Isabel Ponce de León .... censor (as Isabel Ponce de Leon)
Edward Ruscha .... main title creator (as Ed Ruscha)
Nancy Shaw .... assistant to Mr. De Haven: American crew
Bill Sheally .... location auditor: American crew (as William Sheally)
David Sherlock .... historical researcher: English crew
Marilyn Tasso .... location auditor: American crew
John Tomiczek .... representative: Seagoat - English crew
Carol Westphall .... script supervisor: American crew (as Carole Westphall)
Earl Wingard .... unit publicist: American crew
Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Boyd Kelly .... adr voice (uncredited)
Marty Feldman .... dedicatee (as Marty)

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96 min | Argentina:101 min
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Did You Know?

In one scene in this movie, Eric Idle's character is frustrated by a parrot giving misleading information. This film was written by Graham Chapman, and also stars John Cleese. Idle, Chapman and Cleese are all members of the Monty Python comedy team, who's most famous sketch is arguably 'the dead parrot', in which Cleese plays a character repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to return a dead parrot to a pet shop.See more »
Continuity: When Dan embraces Yellowbeard and accidentally stabs him, the hilt of the dagger changes between shots.See more »
Yellowbeard:Oh, bugger me, you've sodded the whole thing up like the stupid little twerp that you are. I was recreating what happened to me twenty years ago, man and boy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV)See more »


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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
generic rant from a fat middle-age white boy, 13 May 2004
Author: Hugh G. Rection (ElKabong-3) from Humble, Texas, USA

A comedic romp featuring many of the old cast from Monty Python. in addition, Peter Cook of Beyond The Fringe fame. The film is not for the serious. A farce about a pirate and his treasure with his former first mate and the British Empire seeking to relieve him of it. Peter Cook steals the show with a fine portrayal of a clueless boozer who has a good heart and tries it really hard. I've been trying forever to find the film on DVD without success. Marty Feldman also has a fine role in the moviea and Cheech and Chong appear in secondary roles with humorous results. Graham Chapman stars as the title character with Eric Idle playing the Queen's representative from the Royal Navy.

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