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A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

R  |   |  Animation, Comedy  |  8 February 2013 (UK)
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An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

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Himself / Narrator (voice)
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Himself / Exploding Don / David Frost (voice)
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Himself / Graham's Mother / Biggles / Anatomy Don / Enormous Peter (voice)
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Himself / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / Hibbern / Queen Mother (voice)
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Interview Don #2 / Dr One Across / Pilot / Aleister Crowley / Jose (voice)
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Masseuse / Singing Telegram / Stewardess (voice)
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Vomiting Sylvia Krystel (voice)
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An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

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Still Dead, And Now in 3D

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Animation | Comedy

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Rated R for strong and crude sexual content including graphic animated sequences, language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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8 February 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Autobiografía de un mentiroso  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,102 (USA) (2 November 2012)

Gross:

$5,102 (USA) (2 November 2012)
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Trivia

In the scene where Graham is reading books in the car with his parents, his father takes the book and puts it in the glove compartment. In the glove compartment are other confiscated books, and behind them a can of Spam. The Spam refers to the (in)famous "Spam" TV sketch by Monty Python's Flying Circus. See more »

Goofs

Sigmund Freud's name is misspelled as "Seigmund Freud" in the opening title sequence and closing credits. See more »

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Features The Frost Report (1966) See more »

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Sit on My Face
Performed by Graham Chapman
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Disappointing, disjointed, but strangely accurate
21 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well I have to say that I was rather disappointed with this film. It comes across as disjointed and of varying levels of quality. It certainly never reaches anything like the standards of entertainment of the old Monty Python stuff. Mind you I suppose it is clear that it doesn't set out to or pretend to do that. It is, after all, a film based on Graham Chapman's autobiography.

I did read this book many years ago – in part because I and some friends met the man himself back in 1974, and we spent a rather drunken evening together in the bar at the Kingshouse in Glencoe. This episode even gets a mention in the book (page 218), although not in the film; so I have some first hand knowledge of what he was like.

Essentially I reckon the book is an honest and accurate insight into Chapman's life (despite the title), and the film comes across as a project based on the book. The film does some things reasonably well, but mostly it looks like the producers simply farmed out sections of the book to several different groups of students (or maybe recent graduates) of media studies or animation, and then stuck them together using odd snippets of Chapman's own reading of the book.

I watched the film on DVD and found the "additional material" to be considerably more watchable than the film itself, particularly some old 8mm film and the "behind the scenes" stuff on the way the animation scenes were produced!


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