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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 thirty years, and for the last time ever.

Directors:

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 / Self / 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 / Self / 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 / Self / First Poofy Judge / Arthur Nudge / Chris / Man in Pink / Mr. Bun
Terry Jones ... Spanish Guitarist / Third Yorkshireman / Mrs. Blackitt / Mountie / Mr. Hilton / Self / 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 / Self / 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 / Self
Brian Cox ... Self (as Professor Brian Cox OBE)
Samuel Holmes Samuel Holmes ... Various Roles (as Sam Holmes)
Stephen Hawking ... Self (as Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA)
Eddie Izzard ... Guest Bruce
John Du Prez John Du Prez ... GMO Orchestra,piano
Mike Myers ... Self
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 thirty 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 July 20. This movie sees the five surviving members - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Sir 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 (1969), 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 of the favorites, with some modern twists, are included: the Dead ...

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Trivia

The show was created due to them owing eight hundred thousand pounds sterling (almost one million dollars) to Mark Forstater, the producer of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), over legal fees and back royalties for their stage show "Spamalot!" The show was supposed to be for only one night, on July 1, 2014, but high demand for tickets turned the show into a ten night stand. Enough money was made that not only were they able to pay Forstater, but each of the surviving major Python actors were able to pocket two million two hundred thousand pounds sterling each. 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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A Fittingly Funny Fish. I mean, Farewell
20 July 2014 | by donaldgilbertSee all my reviews

Monty Python has been in my life since my earliest years, starting around the mid 1970s, when my brothers would play their albums. In fact, by the time I saw "Life of Brian" in the theaters in 1979 (I was 12- snuck into my first R-rated film), I already had most of those albums memorized. Once I bought the "Brian" script as a paperback back at the time, I found myself having half the film memorized by the end of the year.

We in the theater all laughed at the familiar sketches, even those of us who knew them word for word, we sang along at the songs, and we applauded with the London audience. They performed some of the greatest hits, tossed in a couple of surprise sketches, mixed them up with clips from the show, and choreographed musical numbers, some of which were led by Pythons. The dance numbers were the least enjoyable for me.

Fun were the moments when you could see them just trying to make each other laugh. Especially Cleese, who seemed less interested in staying on script (though he did for the most part) than just trying to keep himself and his fellow Pythons amused. Terry Jones seemed the least active, delivering his lines a bit slower than the others. Gilliam and Idle on the other hand seemed ageless. Palin was great as well.

I don't know that I could really put this up there with the other Python films. Hollywood Bowl was superior both in content and performance, and that was inferior to their three proper films, "Grail", "Brian", and "Meaning of Life". This was more of an event than a concert or a "movie". There was a moment or two when I found myself slightly tearing up. The first was the "Universe Song" (during the song and what happens after) and again at the final bow. Seeing them waving goodbye not just to the audience but to Monty Python in general was a bit heartbreaking. It was like saying a last goodbye to a dying sibling.

Thanks for the laughs, gents... and keep looking at the bright side of life!


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