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Monty Python Live (Mostly) (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Musical | 20 July 2014 (UK)
The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever.

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Eric Idle, Aubrey Powell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cleese ... Llama lecturer / Second Yorkshireman / Armless Officer / Pope Julius II / Vocational Guidance Counsellor / Officer Praline / Himself / Pepperpot / Second Penguin on Telly Pepperpot / Albatross Seller / Miss Anne Elk / Mr. Barnard / Eric Praline
Terry Gilliam ... Spanish Dancer / Piano player / Pope's Servant / Mountie / Second Bruce / Constable Parrot / Himself / Pepperpot / Professor D.P. Gumby / Sir Norman Barry Castle / Cardinal Fang / I've got two legs singer
Eric Idle ... Spanish Guitarist / First Yorkshireman / Noël Coward / Michelangelo / First Bruce / Graham aka Hamrag Yatlerot / Himself / First Poofy Judge / Arthur Nudge / Chris / Man in Pink / Mr. Bun
Terry Jones ... Spanish Guitarist / Third Yorkshireman / Mrs. Blackitt / Mountie / Mr. Hilton / Himself / Pepperpot / First Penguin on Telly Pepperpot / Albatross Person / Pub customer / Cardinal Biggles / Abuser / Spam Waitress
Michael Palin ... Spanish Man / Fourth Yorkshireman / Harry Blackitt / Mr. Anchovy / Lumberjack / Third Bruce / Interviewer / Himself / Pepperpot / TV Host / Second Poofy Judge / Nobby / Cardinal Ximenez / Argument Customer / Pet Shop Emplyee
Graham Chapman ... The Colonel / Professor R.J. Canning / Batley Townswoman / Abe Seagull / Hegel / Tony Bennett (archive footage)
Carol Cleveland ... Spanish Señorita / Virgin Mary / Best Girl / Punk Bruce / Mrs. Brown / Argument Secretary / Mrs. Bun / Herself
Brian Cox ... Himself (as Professor Brian Cox OBE)
Samuel Holmes Samuel Holmes ... Various Roles (as Sam Holmes)
Stephen Hawking ... Himself (as Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA)
Eddie Izzard ... Guest Bruce
John Du Prez John Du Prez ... GMO Orchestra,piano
Mike Myers ... Himself
Simon Beck Simon Beck ... GMO Orchestra, keyboards
Jeff Leach Jeff Leach ... GMO Orchestra, keyboards
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The reunion of the Monty Python team on stage for the first time in over 30 years, and for the last time ever, was the most anticipated production of 2014. Filmed on the final night of the run of ten sold out performances, live at London's O2 Arena on 20 July, Monty Python Live (mostly) - One Down Five to Go sees the five surviving members - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - together with Carol Cleveland, perform many of their classic sketches and much-loved songs. The show also encompasses film inserts from Monty Python's Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam's iconic animations, outrageous dance routines by an ensemble of twenty and a fantastic live orchestra. Featuring Stephen Hawking and Professor Brian Cox, with guest appearances by Eddie Izzard and Mike Myers, the show cements the Python's reputation as the most influential comedy group of all time and, more importantly, still one of the funniest. All the favorites, with some modern twists, are ...

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Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

20 July 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Monty Python Live (Mostly) One Down, Five to Go See more »

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Trivia

The first show sold out in 45 seconds. See more »

Alternate Versions

There have been at least two versions shown on TV in foreign countries, one of approx. 135 minutes and a heavily edited 90 minutes version. The latter of course omits a lot of sketches, though mainly dancing numbers and the in between clips, retaining most but not all of the stage acts by the Python members. See more »

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Good but you can't go back.
1 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the early 1970s, the Monty Python troop made a wonderful film, "And Now For Something Completely Different", and it consisted of the guys remaking their best skits from their TV show for a movie audience. The production values were a bit better and their accents were deliberately softened and the overall effort is, in my opinion, their second best film (after "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"). Now a similar sort of thing has been created--but instead of shooting it in sets like you would for a typical film, it was presented in front of a live audience (like "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl") and it is, apparently, the group's final performance.

As a HUGE fan of the show, I was actually very disappointed in this film even though I did enjoy it. Much of it is due to the old saying 'you can't go back'--and after many decades the performances seemed a bit flat. Additionally, and I think this is a bigger problem, the skits offer no improvements over the originals. In most cases, it's almost a word-for-word recreation and there is nothing new or energetic about the whole affair. At least with "And Now For Something Completely Different" the skits LOOKED a lot better--but here they didn't. And, oddly, many of the team's best skits were not included in this performance. Not terrible...but it just isn't what I'd recommend to anyone who isn't a die-hard fan.


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