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The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979)

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A series of benefit concerts to raise money for Amnesty International. Performances include comedy skits and musical numbers by a varied cast of mostly British performers. Featuring several... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Graef

Writer:

Billy Connolly
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Abrahams Paul Abrahams ... Himself (Piano Player)
Rowan Atkinson ... Various Roles
Chris Beetles Chris Beetles ... Beetles and Buckman
Mike Brearley Mike Brearley ... Himself
Eleanor Bron ... Various Roles
Rob Buckman Rob Buckman ... Beetles and Buckman
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... Himself
Suzanne Church Suzanne Church ... Herself
John Cleese ... Himself - Various Roles
Billy Connolly ... Himself
Peter Cook ... Various Roles
Anna Ford Anna Ford ... Herself
Clive James Clive James ... Himself
Clive Jenkins Clive Jenkins ... Himself
Sylvester McCoy ... Syveste McCoy (as Sylveste McCoy)
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A series of benefit concerts to raise money for Amnesty International. Performances include comedy skits and musical numbers by a varied cast of mostly British performers. Featuring several Monty Python members, Rowan Atkinson, and Peter Cook. Written by Anonymous

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Maailman hulluin ilta See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical) | (TV premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Two vinyl soundtrack LPs for the film were released, one for the comedy sketches, and and one for the musical acts. See more »

Quotes

Schoolmaster: All right, quiet. Ainsley. Babcock. Bland. Carthorse. Dint. Ellsworth-Beast Major. Ellsworth-Beast Minor. Fiat. German. Havenut. Haemoglobin. Jones M. Jones N. Kosygin. Loudhailer. Mattock. Nancyboy-Potter. Nibble.
[laughter]
Schoolmaster: I have a detention book. Orifice. Plectrum. Poise. Sediment. Soda. Taah. Taah? Under-Manager. Wicket. Williams-Wicket. Williams-Witcherley. Witcherley-Wicket. Witcherley-Williams. And Witcherley-Williams. Wocket. Zob. Hmmm, absent. All right, your essays. "Discuss the ...
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Connections

Followed by The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Pinball Wizard
Written by Pete Townshend
Solo accoustic version Performed by Pete Townshend (as Pete Townsend)
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Still funny all these years later
25 September 2003 | by tonygillanSee all my reviews

The best bits of this show are still excellent, particularly the Cleese, Cook, Palin and Billy Connolly contributions. There is some fine music too from Pete Townshend and Tom Robinson.

Peter Cook's judge sketch is a notable highlight, although some of it may be lost on people unfamiliar with the Jeremy Thorpe trial (Thorpe was a British politician who was acquitted of murder after the judge had led the jury to an outrageous degree in his summing up. 'Now go and consider your verdict....of not guilty').

The 'Interesting Facts' sketch with Cook and Cleese is an all time classic, up there with anything by Monty Python, Harry Enfield, Marty Feldman, Saturday Night Live or anyone.

One note of caution. I bought the DVD box set and both of Billy Connolly's routines have been excluded. I have no idea why, but it is a pity as he is in top form on this show.


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