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And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

PG | | Comedy | 22 August 1972 (USA)
An anthology of the best sketches from the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).

Director:

Ian MacNaughton

Writers:

Graham Chapman (screen foreplay & conception), John Cleese (screen foreplay & conception) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Graham Chapman ... Brother / Policeman / Defence attorney / British pedestrian / Mr. Harrison (Apricot) / The Colonel / 'Hell's Grannies' policeman / Jimmy Blankensop / Sir Edward Ross / Restaurant patron #1 / Letter Writer / Oliver St. John Mollusk / Mountie / Town Guild Lady
John Cleese ... Announcer / Hungarian Citizen / Self-Defence Teacher / Sir George Head / Policeman / Interviewer / Mr. Praline / Second General / Christopher Columbus / Mungo the Cook / Bank Robber / Accountant #2 (falling past the window) / Vocational Guidance Counselor / Vivian Smith Smythe Smith / Mountie / Town Guild Lady
Terry Gilliam ... Self-Defence Nun / Flasher / Uncle Sam / Caterpillar Man / Sign Holder / Conrad Poohs
Eric Idle ... Prosecutor / Marriage Counselor / Arthur Nudge / Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed sticks) / 'Hell's Grannies' analyst / Arthur Wilson / Arthur Wilson Two / Nightclub Emcee / Linkman / First General / Restaurant Manager / Lingerie Shop Owner / Accountant #1 (falling past the window) / Fairy Godmother / Rita Fairbanks / Simon Zinc Trumpet Harris / Mountie / Lady With Cookbook
Terry Jones ... Stage Manager / Tobacconist / 2nd Hungarian Man / Squire / Self-defence student #3 / Tenant #1 / Flasher / Mouse Organist Ken Ewing / Fat Soldier / Waiter / Nude Organist / Brian / Nigel Incubator Jones
Michael Palin ... Gumby / Man with tape recorder / Phrasebook Author / Arthur Pewtey / Second self - defence student / Second Tenant / Lost His Wallet / Shrill Petrol Announcer / Milkman / Ernest Scribbler / Pet shop employee / Lumberjack / Headwaiter Gilberto / Herbert Anchovy / Blackmail Presenter / Gervais Brookhamster / Town Guild Lady
Carol Cleveland ... Dierdre Pewtey / Storyteller / Milkman Collector / Restaurant Patron #2 / Elsbeth
Connie Booth ... Voice of Self-Defence Nun / Best Girl
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A collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second seasons of the cult television comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). Includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge", "Hell's Grannies", "Killer Cars", "Dead Parrot", "Lumberjack Song", "Blackmail", and "Upper Class Twit of the Year". Written by Mr and Mrs and Mrs Zambesi <zambesi@nyphot.demon.co.uk>

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Worse than the 'Holy Grail'. See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The characters that Monty Python played in this movie were described as being "demonic, disturbing, devious, delightful, and just plain daffy" in the movie's press kit. See more »

Goofs

In "Upper Class Twit of the Year," during the introductions the AUDIO calls two of them "old Etonians," but the subtitle reads "old Italians." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Announcer: In this picture, there are forty-seven people. None of them can be seen. In this film, we hope to show you how not to be seen. This is Mr E.R. Bradshaw of Napier Court, Black Lion Road, London, SE14. He cannot be seen. Now I'm going to ask him to stand up. Mr Bradshaw, will you stand up, please?
[Mr Bradshaw stands up and is shot]
Announcer: This demonstrates the value of not being seen.
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Crazy Credits

After the opening theme song, a "THE END" screen comes up, and stage manager Terry Jones apologises for the brevity of the film. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Meaning of Life (1983) See more »

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The Liberty Bell
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by A.W. Sheriff
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Contractual Obligation
8 February 2002 | by Champion-3See all my reviews

This film really didn't need to be made - but at the time, after two excellent TV series, the Pythons were under pressure to produce a big-screen version for wider distribution.

Thus a number of sketches from the first two series were rewritten, tightened up, and re-enacted, entirely on film. The actual new material is probably around 2% of the script, and I hold the view that many of the sketches were inferior to their TV versions, and much of the better series 1 and 2 stuff (Spanish Inquisition, Silly Walks etc.) didn't even make it to ANFSCD for some reason.

It's interesting to watch the differences in production and compare this material to how it was originally done, and the new devices for linking one sketch to the next keep you on your toes.

But ultimately if you want to watch early python sketches, the TV versions are more rewarding.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,979
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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