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Holy Flying Circus (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  19 October 2011 (UK)
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Tells the story of the outraged, and sometimes violent, response to 'The Life of Brian' the Monty Python movie that satirized the life of Jesus.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Crispin ...
Steve Punt ...
Eric Idle / Disciple / Rabbi / Singing Protester / Bishop
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Michael Palin / Michael Palin's Mother / Devil
Rufus Jones ...
Terry Jones / Jones the Wife / Bishop
Tom Fisher ...
Graham Chapman / Tramp
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John Cleese / Devil
Phil Nichol ...
Simon Greenall ...
Barry Atkins / Pub Landlord
Robin Sebastian ...
US News Reporter / BBFC Representative / Montage Man
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Nun / Montage Woman
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Black Panther / Montage Man
Paul Chahidi ...
Harry Balls / News Vendor
Ian Bonar ...
Production Person 1 / Sam Lowry
Selina Griffiths ...
Production Person 2 / Personal Assistant to BBC Head of Rude Words
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Alan Dick / Desmond Lovely
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In 1979 the Monty Python comedy team return from making their film 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' in Tunisia. Premiered in America the film is pilloried by ultra-right religious groups for its depiction of Christ. In England the Popular Peoples' Church of St Sophia (whose members include a Tourette's sufferer who shouts out swear words) find a copy of the script in a dustbin and lobby the British censor for its suppression, leading to many local councils banning its screening. Death threats follow and Michael Palin - "the nicest man in Britain" - has his effigy burned on his front lawn. Finally crazed TV programmer Alan Dick persuades Palin and co-star John Cleese to defend the picture on a late night chat show against the Bishop of Southwark and religious commentator Malcolm Muggeridge. Thanks to Cleese's reasoning the Pythons are seen to triumph, winning over the Popular Peoples' Church. A later encounter with God will show how the film's controversy paved the way for other artistic... Written by don @ minifie-1

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God would have loved it
19 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Absolutely superb piece of television, the very well judged performances are spot on and the Pythons are portrayed extremely well. The period of time is beautifully rendered and the entire madness of unwavering beliefs and the ramifications therein are dealt with magnificently and with a great deal of integrity. The way they worked many of the Monty Python staples such as very obvious drag and so on into the piece were masterfully done, all in all and with everything considered to be honest I couldn't stand it ;)

(why waffle on aimlessly and without rational thought like Malcolm Muggeridge and THE BISHOP! when you can express your view succinctly)


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