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8 October 1999 (UK) See more »
Series of new sketches performed by the Monty Python team, linking programmes to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A mixed bag, but with enough priceless moments to make it worth watching See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Graham Chapman ... Himself (archive footage)

John Cleese ... Announcer / Himself / Gumby / Pepperpot / Gent / BBC Voice Over

Terry Gilliam ... Man with Vercotti / BBC Crewmember / Himself / Gumby / Onan Vandergoy / Gorilla

Eric Idle ... Himself

Terry Jones ... Arthur Ewing / Salesman / BBC Crewmember / Himself / Gumby / Pepperpot / Gorilla / BBC Voice Over / Policeman

Michael Palin ... Luigi Vercotti / BBC Crewmember / Himself / Gumby / Pepperpot / Magnus Magnusson / Gorilla / BBC Voice Over / Ken Shabby / Policeman / It's Man

Carol Cleveland ... Herself
Ian Davidson ... Policeman

Eddie Izzard ... Himself - Host / Gumby / Fairy

Dawn French ... Herself
Ian MacNaughton ... Stereotype Scotsman (as Ian McNaughton)
Peter Sissons ... Himself
Pam Buckley
Kelly Hart
Stanley Kaye
Ivan Lee ... Buddha
Jonah Russell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Phil Collins ... Himself

Ronnie Corbett ... Himself

David Frost ... Himself

Thora Hird ... Herself / Alan Bennett

Barry Humphries ... Dame Edna Everage

Kevin Kline ... Himself

Hugh Laurie ... Himself / Stephen Fry

Gary Lineker ... Himself

Meat Loaf ... Host (Spam To Sperm segment)

Melinda Messenger ... Herself / Barbara Windsor

Roger Moore ... Himself / Sean Connery

Trey Parker ... Himself
Michael Parkinson ... Himself

Jeremy Paxman ... Himself

Jonathan Ross ... Himself

Matt Stone ... Himself

Robin Williams ... Himself

Directed by
Terry Jones 
Elaine Shepherd 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Graham Chapman 
John Cleese 
Terry Gilliam 
Eric Idle 
Terry Jones 
Michael Palin 

Produced by
Ralph Lee .... assistant producer
Martin Lewis .... associate producer: Los Angeles
Selina Mehta .... assistant producer
Elaine Shepherd .... executive producer
Elaine Shepherd .... producer
Cinematography by
John Rhodes 
Film Editing by
Michael Duly 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Loizou .... director: extra footage
Art Department
Steve Bonnet .... graphic artist
Keith Haynes .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Steve Hudson .... dubbing mixer
Danny McCullough .... sound mixer
Kian Wong .... dubbing editor
Anthony Wornum .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Paddy Blake .... first assistant camera
David Holliday .... grip
Colin Waldeck .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Adrian Udal .... editor: video tape
Other crew
Michelle Darnell .... production assistant
Pete Frame .... Python family tree
Mark Walden-Mills .... production assistant

Production CompaniesDistributors

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125 min
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Eric:Well, John's obviously the cruel heartless bastard.
Doctor:[archive footage] Now I know some hospitals where you get the patients lying around in beds.
Eric:Michael's the sweet, slightly ineffective lower middle class one.
Silly Walker:[archive footage] I have a silly walk and I'd like to obtain a government grant to help me develop it.
Eric:Terry is the ratbag woman.
Ratbag Woman:[archive footage]
[cackles with laughter]
Eric:and Gilliam is anything with unpleasant makeup jobs.
[archive footage of Gilliam with a ferret through his head]
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A mixed bag, but with enough priceless moments to make it worth watching, 13 July 2005
Author: gridoon

First of all, a note: this comment is not just for the title under which it is listed, but for the entire first disc of the DVD pack called "The Life Of Python", which is a program assembled in 1999 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Monty Python team. The program begins with the entertaining, informative and not at all dry documentary "It's The Monty Python Story", which tells us....well, the title is self-explanatory. Among the highlights of this documentary: we see people holding signs that say things like "Python=Serpent=Satan" outside theaters playing "The Life Of Brian"; Cleese, Palin and Jones admit that "The Meaning Of Life" is not quite as good as their other films; Palin (probably the most eloquent of the bunch) and Gilliam explain why they are opposed to the idea of a formal reunion. Then we get a nice little feature about Palin re-visiting some of the places where the Pythons filmed some of their sketches 30 years ago. The show lags a bit in the middle, with a brand new "Gorilla Sketch" which I frankly found awful, and a "lost" 10-minute May Day Special, which Cleese symbolically finds in the BBC garbage dump, and which probably belongs there (as Cleese himself admits!). But then the show makes a brilliant recovery with another, shorter documentary ("From Spam To Sperm") about Monty Python and their music, which (as you know) is impossible to get out of your mind once you've heard it, and we get to see how Eric Idle became a pop star! There are also some great animated bits, not only by Terry Gilliam but also by the "South Park" creators, and Cleese gets some laughs when he complains about this whole celebratory program being shown on BBC-2, instead of the more popular BBC-1 ("thanks a lot for the vote of confidence!"). (***)

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