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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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Writers:
Graham Chapman (written by) &
Peter Cook (written by) ...
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Release Date:
24 June 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A picture filled with public floggings, saucy tarts, looney lords, outrageousness, offensiveness, even a stuffed crocodile and sheep! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
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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A nonsense pirate adventure! See more (68 total) »

Cast

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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 
 
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
Ramon Gow .... chief hairdresser: English crew
Lilia Palomino .... makeup artist: Mexico
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: UK
Dennis Holt .... production manager: English crew
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
Tim Hutchinson .... set decorator: English crew
Peter James .... set decorator: English crew
Teresa Pecanins .... set decorator: Mexican crew
Moises Pineda .... production buyer assistant
Jack Shampan .... art director: English crew
Arthur Wicks .... property master: English crew
 
Sound Department
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer (as Kevin Cleary)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects: American crew
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer: English crew
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Thirlwell)
Manuel Topete .... sound mixer: Mexican crew
John Wilkinson .... sound re-recording mixer (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
 
Stunts
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
Bernard Ford .... camera operator: UK (as Bernie Ford)
Carlos Montaño .... camera operator: Mexico
León Sánchez .... camera operator: Mexico (as Leon Sanchez)
 
Casting Department
Celestia Fox .... additional casting: English crew
Nancy Foy .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilly Hebden .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Melissa Bretherton .... second assistant editor: America (as Mellissa Bretherton)
Carter DeHaven .... second assistant editor: America (as Carter De Haven IV)
Raja Gosnell .... assistant editor: America
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... scoring engineer: US crew
James D. Young .... music editor
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Arturo Curiel .... driver
Alfonso Paredes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hugh Boyd .... captain of the "Bounty"
Mary Ann Braubach .... production executive
Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler
Terry Lens .... location manager
Manuel Louis .... boat master
Edward Ruscha .... main title creator (as Ed Ruscha)
Marilyn Tasso .... assistant accountant
Carol Westphall .... script supervisor: USA (as Carole Westphall)
Boyd Kelly .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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96 min | Argentina:101 min
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The last full length feature of Spike Milligan.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dan embraces Yellowbeard and accidentally stabs him, the hilt of the dagger changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Betty:When little Dan was two minutes old I tattooed it on his head.
Yellowbeard:Does he know about this?
Betty:Oh, no no no, that's why I kept him in the cupboard for three years. That may be why he's a bit odd with all these books, and reading, and stuff like that.
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Referenced in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A nonsense pirate adventure!, 20 March 2008
Author: pmdawn

I'm a big fan of Monty Python, and as soon as I heard about this little known movie I wanted to check it out. It turns out that it was pretty entertaining! Although it's not nearly on the same level of genius as other MP movies, there are a lot of little funny details throughout the movie.

The thin plot revolves around everyone trying to get their hands on Yellowbeard's legendary treasure. Gags ensue. Oddly enough, it works. Graham Chapman is hilarious in his role as a blood-thirsty pirate and so is Eric Idle... But the true star of this film is Marty Feldman (Igor from Young Frankenstein). His character is similar to Igor's, but he steals every scene he's in. There's also a really funny cameo with David Bowie.

I certainly do not agree with John Cleese that this was the worst movie he's ever been in. He's been in a lot of movies much worse than this one, and actually, his character here is pretty interesting and even funny.

The plot is more or less of a Pirates of The Caribbean meets Monty Python, and it was interesting enough to keep me watching. I thought this was better than Jabberwocky and (although it is much sillier) it also reminded me a bit of Erik The Viking.

Cheech & Chong are here and they are disappointing as Spaniards. Chong has a incredibly annoying lisp and his accent just doesn't work, let's say, as opposed to Michael Palin's hilarious performance in 'Life of Brian'. Cheech has an easier time since he's Hispanic, but their roles are simply unfunny, like much of their regular work. That's probably because wasn't any hemp in this movie (aside from the ones on Yellowbeard's hair!) Maybe they should have played stoned pirates or something like that.

I was really surprised that this movie didn't suck. Sure, it's not a work of art or a must-have for Monty Python / Cheech & Chong fans. But chances are, if you're just expecting to have some mindless fun, this movie will do the trick. Just turn off your brain and enjoy. 6/10

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