The audio under the opening credits is from a sketch Chapman regularly used to perform, where he would ask a live audience at the start of the show to give him '30 seconds of abuse', as this would save time later on. For the film, specially recorded abuse was added from John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones (shouting Medieval curse words), Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland and David Sherlock, Chapman's former partner. One of the investors in the film can also be heard shouting "I want my f**king money back!" See more »
Sigmund Freud's name is misspelled as "Seigmund Freud" in the opening title sequence and closing credits. See more »
Well I have to say that I was rather disappointed with this film. It comes across as disjointed and of varying levels of quality. It certainly never reaches anything like the standards of entertainment of the old Monty Python stuff. Mind you I suppose it is clear that it doesn't set out to or pretend to do that. It is, after all, a film based on Graham Chapman's autobiography.
I did read this book many years ago – in part because I and some friends met the man himself back in 1974, and we spent a rather drunken evening together in the bar at the Kingshouse in Glencoe. This episode even gets a mention in the book (page 218), although not in the film; so I have some first hand knowledge of what he was like.
Essentially I reckon the book is an honest and accurate insight into Chapman's life (despite the title), and the film comes across as a project based on the book. The film does some things reasonably well, but mostly it looks like the producers simply farmed out sections of the book to several different groups of students (or maybe recent graduates) of media studies or animation, and then stuck them together using odd snippets of Chapman's own reading of the book.
I watched the film on DVD and found the "additional material" to be considerably more watchable than the film itself, particularly some old 8mm film and the "behind the scenes" stuff on the way the animation scenes were produced!
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