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(1983)

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Final film of Marty Feldman. He died during production on December 2, 1982 of a massive heart attack.
The film was inspired by Keith Moon, drummer of the Brit rock band The Who who was a personal friend of Graham Chapman. Moon wanted to play the Yellowbeard role but could not due to ailing health. (Moon passed away in 1978 about five years before this picture was made and released). Chapman once recalled that Moon lived like a pirate with his wild ways. The character in the movie called Moon played by Peter Boyle was named after him as a tribute.
Eric Idle said that this is one of the worst films he'd ever done, but later said "the best times can be on the worst movies and vice versa, e.g., Yellowbeard, which I wouldn't have missed for the world".
John Cleese called this movie "One of the six worst films made in the history of the world."
Yellowbeard is based on and is a parody of the infamous, murderous real-life pirate Edward "Blackbeard" Teach. Blackbeard wove hemp into his hair, and lit it to frighten his prey, as Yellowbeard does in the film. Also, Teach was known for murdering the target ships' crew in horrific ways if the ship resisted in any way.
The three tall ships seen in the picture were a British merchant ship, a French frigate and a Spanish barque. All three vessels were played by the same 120-foot replica of the "HMS Bounty" vessel, "Bounty II", which had originally been built in 1960 for MGM's remake Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). The pirate ship in the film was called "Edith", it being named after Graham Chapman's mother.
Of the film's cast, three of them were from Monty Python: Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle. Cleese has stated that he accepted a role in this film only as a favor to Chapman, and that he thought the script was the worst that he had ever read.
A whole section of the harbor at the Mexican resort town of Acapulco was made over to look like the English sea village of Portsmouth in the 17th Century.
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Last full length cinema film of Graham Chapman.
The joke about Yellowbeard committing horrific acts of violence and thievery but being imprisoned for tax evasion is an obvious reference to Al Capone.
According to the book "Yellowbeard: High jinks on the high seas", Sting wanted to play the lead role of Dan but Hollywood executives thought the picture was becoming too English and mandated an American actor be cast and in the end this was Martin Hewitt who once said, "Sting should have had my part. For crying out loud, I would have hired Sting over me any day."
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Adam Ant was originally cast as Dan but quit after losing patience with delays in production. Sting was then approached and wanted the role, but the producers insisted on an American actor. Martin Hewitt was finally cast.
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The final film of Peter Bull.
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The last full length feature of Spike Milligan.
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One of a number of pirate movies made between the mid 1970s and mid 1990s which were a flop at the box-office. The films include Pirates (1987), Yellowbeard (1983), Swashbuckler (1976), Nate and Hayes (1983), The Pirate Movie (1982) and Cutthroat Island (1995).
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Blind Pew is named after a pirate in the classic Robert Louis Stevenson adventure story "Treasure Island".
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El Nebuloso (Tommy Chong) is referred to by a variety of titles through the movie, by El Segundo (Cheech Marin) and Señor Verdugo ("Mr. Executioner" in Spanish - Kenneth Mars).

First, El Segundo: "Mi Capitan," "Your Blessed Rectitude", and "Your Holy Ruthlessness." Then by Vergudo: "Your Barbarity," "Your Severity," "Your Vapidity," "Your Severity" (again), "Your Outrageousness," "Your Ferocity," "Your Blizzard of the Wrong," "Your Acute Horrendousness," and "Your Blind Stupidity." Then finally by El Segundo again, "Your Assholiness", "Your Vehemence,", "Your Barbarity," "Your Offensiveness," "Your Molestation," "Your Monstrosity," "O Berserk One," "O Mindless Slaughterer," and "Your Arrogance."
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James Mason's character of Captain Hughes is a parody of Captain Bligh of "Mutiny of the Bounty". Similary, the Mister Prostitute character (played by Greta Blackburn) is a spoof of Mr. Christian.
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There were at least four different versions of the script with the one that is truest to writers Graham Chapman and Bernard McKennas' original vision being published in the book "Yellowbeard: High jinks on the high seas".
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Keith Moon and Graham Chapman originally wanted their mutual friend Sam Peckinpah to direct.
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First full length film of Nigel Planer
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First feature film of director Mel Damski.
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Harry Nilsson was originally asked to compose the soundtrack, including a song for the main cast to sing.
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One of two period comedy movies that Cheech Marin and Thomas Chong made during the mid-1980s, the other was Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984).
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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.
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The picture spent a very long time in development hell taking a considerable amount of time to secure financing.
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There were four major rewrites of the script in the five years before production commenced. One that Graham Chapman considered the most faithful to the original concept was published in the book "Yellowbeard: High jinks on the high seas".
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While Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Eric Idle are in the film, the other Monty Python members - Terry Jones and Michael Palin - turned down roles, Dr. Gilpin and Dan respectively.
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