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Holy Flying Circus (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 19 October 2011
Tells the story of the outraged, and sometimes violent, response to 'The Life of Brian' the Monty Python movie that satirized the life of Jesus.

Director:

Owen Harris

Writer:

Tony Roche
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Crispin Ben Crispin ... Jesus
Steve Punt Steve Punt ... Eric Idle / Disciple / Rabbi / Singing Protester / Bishop
Charles Edwards ... Michael Palin / Michael Palin's Mother / Devil
Rufus Jones ... Terry Jones / Jones the Wife / Bishop
Tom Fisher ... Graham Chapman / Tramp
Darren Boyd ... John Cleese / Devil
Phil Nichol Phil Nichol ... Terry Gilliam
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Barry Atkins / Pub Landlord
Robin Sebastian ... US News Reporter / BBFC Representative / Montage Man
Belinda Stewart-Wilson ... Nun / Montage Woman
Micah Balfour ... Black Panther / Montage Man
Paul Chahidi ... Harry Balls / News Vendor
Ian Bonar Ian Bonar ... Production Person 1 / Sam Lowry
Selina Griffiths Selina Griffiths ... Production Person 2 / Personal Assistant to BBC Head of Rude Words
Jason Thorpe Jason Thorpe ... Alan Dick / Desmond Lovely
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In 1979 the Monty Python comedy team return from making their film 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' in Tunisia. Premiered in America the film is pilloried by ultra-right religious groups for its depiction of Christ. In England the Popular Peoples' Church of St Sophia (whose members include a Tourette's sufferer who shouts out swear words) find a copy of the script in a dustbin and lobby the British censor for its suppression, leading to many local councils banning its screening. Death threats follow and Michael Palin - "the nicest man in Britain" - has his effigy burned on his front lawn. Finally crazed TV programmer Alan Dick persuades Palin and co-star John Cleese to defend the picture on a late night chat show against the Bishop of Southwark and religious commentator Malcolm Muggeridge. Thanks to Cleese's reasoning the Pythons are seen to triumph, winning over the Popular Peoples' Church. A later encounter with God will show how the film's controversy paved the way for other artistic... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2011 (UK) See more »

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In the style of Monty Python, several cast members have multiple roles. See more »

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Boxed Shits Provided By - Boutique Pootique (Thames Ditton), Gary's Shit Shop (Feltham) See more »

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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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Must watch for Python, comedy fans and those with common sense!!
20 October 2011 | by castaway666See all my reviews

I'll keep this relatively short.

Probably one of the best written comic scripts I've seen for many years.

The acting was absolutely superb especially Darren Boyd's turn as John Cleese. It perfectly shows the absurdity of the censorship battles comedy had to endure thanks to groups including Mary Whitehouse and shows how far we've come in a short period of time.

Most fans of MP know the outcome of this film and the problems with local council's bans with a recent lift of a ban only recently occurring.

Recommend this to anyone who's a fan of well written comedy.


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