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And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) Poster

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When Terry Gilliam asked British animation legend Bob Godfrey if he could use his camera to recreate his animated sequences for the movie, Godfrey didn't know who Gilliam was and told him to "bugger off". Later, Godfrey found out that Gilliam was a member of the Monty Python team and helped him complete the sequences for the movie.
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The sets were built in an abandoned dairy , rather than on a more costly soundstage.
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Monty Python's first feature film. It was intended to introduce American audiences to Monty Python's comedy, but it made much more money in the UK, where viewers had already seen most of the sketches on Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).
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The supermarket advert shows a price as "9np or 1/9". This was common in UK films of the early 1970s, as the country was decimalising its currency. Prices went from pounds, shillings, and pence (20 shillings to the pound, 12d (pence or pennies) to the shilling) to pounds and what were then called 'new pence' (100p to the pound).
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The movie was filmed between the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969). It contains several sketches that had been written for the second season but not yet performed, including the "Hungarian Phrasebook" sketch.
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According to Terry Gilliam, executive producer Victor Lownes, who primarily represented Playboy magazine (which funded the movie), insisted on getting an animated credit equal in size to those of the group members.
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An obstacle course in the "Upper Class Twit of the Year" scene has the competitors jumping over matchboxes. Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith is the only one who "refuses" (doesn't jump). In the series, Nigel Incubator-Jones was the one to refuse.
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The writing and screenplay credits for the six Monty Python team members billed them for "screen foreplay & conception".
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Many American movie posters for the film declared: "If the motion picture industry dies . . . Monty Python killed it!".
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According to an article by John Ezard published in London's The Guardian newspaper on Saturday 8th October 2005, "the line 'And now for something completely different', usually attributed to Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969), was coined with perfect seriousness by someone completely different - the late Christopher Trace, founder-presenter of Blue Peter".
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The characters that Monty Python played in this picture were described as being "demonic, disturbing, devious, delightful and just plain daffy" in the movie's press kit.
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by television director Ian MacNaughton, who was also later credited for "filmed sequences" for Monty Python's later sketch comedy concert movie, Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982). These two features were MacNaughton's only theatrical film credits.
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Famous Monty Python sketches featured in the film include "Hell's Grannies", the "Dead Parrot" sketch, "The Lumberjack Song", the "Upperclass Twits", and the "Nudge Nudge Wink Wink" routine.
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Director Ian MacNaughton makes a cameo appearance as the husband taken by the "baby snatchers" outside the supermarket.
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The movie's production notes state that the film is "a collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second series of the cult TV comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969)".
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The movie's And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) title was often used as a segue between skits in Monty Python's television series Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).
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There is a total of forty-six comic sketches or comedy segments in this film.
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There are seventeen animated segments in the film, including the picture's main opening titles and end closing credits.
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The movie's humor reminded producer Patricia Casey of the Keystone Kops: no holds barred, outrageous, preposterous, daredevil, zany, violent fun. Casey said: "It's the kind of thing the English do very well. They're so free, they create a fantastic situation, inject a few serious home truths about sex or pompous attitudes, then tear it down." Producer Patricia Casey, aka Pat Casey, was an American citizen footloose in London and had the time of her life making this movie: "We've nothing to compare with it in the States. It's so brilliantly 'visual' that anybody who enjoys laughing, anywhere in the world, will appreciate it".
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Monty Python play the hundred or so cameo comedy characters with the help of makeup, wardrobe and acting talent, according to the movie's production notes.
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While not members of Monty Python, Carol Cleveland and Connie Booth were featured in many Python projects, including this film.
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According to the film's production notes, the television show, Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969), and this picture that sprung from it, And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), involved six inspired young late 20s and early 30s zanies responsible for all the writing and most of the performing.
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The deadly joke used to kill Germans in World War II translates to: "If that is git only stucco and Slotermeyer? Yes! Celebration dog that or the Flipperwaldt gersput!"
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