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The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982)

The film of an on-stage charity benefit for Amnesty International. The show includes comedy skits by the members of Monty Python, as well as noted comedians Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Julien Temple

Writer:

Terence Dackombe (contributing writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Himself / Various Roles
Jeff Beck ... Himself
Alan Bennett ... Himself / Various Roles
John Bird John Bird ... Himself / Various Roles
Tim Brooke-Taylor Tim Brooke-Taylor ... Himself / Various Characters
Graham Chapman ... Himself / Various Roles
Eric Clapton ... Himself
John Cleese ... Himself / Various Roles
Phil Collins ... Himself
Billy Connolly ... Himself
Donovan ... Himself
Johnnie Fingers Johnnie Fingers ... Himself (as Johnny Fingers)
John Fortune ... Himself / Various Roles
Bob Geldof ... Himself
Chris Langham ... Himself / Various Roles
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The film of an on-stage charity benefit for Amnesty International. The show includes comedy skits by the members of Monty Python, as well as noted comedians Peter Cook, Rowan Atkinson, and others. The show also includes musical numbers by Eric Clapton, Sting, Donovan and Bob Geldof. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1982 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

O horos tou xefonimenou mystikou batsou See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Amnesty International See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

A joke awards night, "The Other Awards", was held in association with the movie as a promotional publicity stunt. A number of the spoof award categories and a picture of the award itself (which was a little silver statue of Colin Wheeler's cross-dressing Policeman icon) appeared on movie posters for the film. Such movie posters often declared in big bold type: "54 NOMINATIONS!". Those included on posters and press ads were (1) Best Use Of Silly Noises In A Sketch About Bee-keeping...Rowan Atkinson (2) Best Solo Performance By A Rock Star Whose Name Sounds Like String...Sting (3) Best Portrayal Of A Glaswegian Called Billy Connolly...Billy Connolly (4) Best Striptease By A Male And Female Comedy Team...John Cleese and Pamela Stephenson and (5) Best Performance By Three Grown Men In Gymslips And Pigtails...John Bird, Graham Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor. See more »

Quotes

Reginald Prawnbaum: [Rolling his eyes] While the worker bees...
The Crazy Interviewer: Ssshh.
Reginald Prawnbaum: ...fly from flower to flower...
The Crazy Interviewer: Ssshh.
Reginald Prawnbaum: ...collecting...
The Crazy Interviewer: Ssshh.
Reginald Prawnbaum: ...the...
The Crazy Interviewer: Ssshh.
[Long pause. Prawnbaum prepares to say the word, and notices the Interviewer preparing to make the noise again]
Reginald Prawnbaum: ...pollen.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the version that has segments from the first and second shows, Michael Palin interrupts the credits to sell various "Secret Policeman's" products to the viewer (profits going to Amnesty International). See more »

Alternate Versions

The Australian DVD release version does not feature the John Cleese and Pamela Stephenson skit sketch segment. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Secret Policeman's Ball: The Music Edition (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Catch The Wind
Written by Donovan (uncredited)
Performed by Donovan
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Brilliant
16 August 2000 | by eightx10See all my reviews

Do not miss this one; it has comedy sketches from not only the pythons, but also Rowan Atkinson in top form. Also has some great Neil Innes songs. The only thing that would have made this better would be the presence of Eric Idle.


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