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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 »

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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 ... 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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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

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Production Co:

Amnesty International See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

It is often considered the second film in the concert series after The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979). But in fact it is the fourth, as the first two films were not titled with any words from the phrase "Secret Policeman's Ball". The first two movies were made for television, they were Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976) and The Mermaid Frolics (1977). The movie though is the second film in the theatrical release titles, but The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979) was actually also made for TV, but got theatrically released in other territories. 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

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Catch The Wind
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If you don't expect it to be particularly funny, it's worth seeing...or at least listening.
14 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The first Amnesty International benefit film, "The Secret Policeman's Ball", consisted almost exclusively of British comedy--with many of the top comedians the country had to offer--including almost all the Monty Python members. However, by this 1982 film, some changes had occurred. Despite IMDb saying something about the Monty Python alumni, only two of the group are in this one. Many of the other performers are faceless to the average American aside from a young Rowan Atkinson. However, comedy now only made up half the show--the rest were big-name musicians from the era, such as Sting and Phil Collins. Now if the comedy had been good, the music (if you don't care for it) could be ignored and the film still be worth seeing. Unfortunately, none of the skits were particularly funny. In fact, there was almost no laughter to be had if you see it today. Such unfunny skits included one about anonymous gay sex, nude dancers (actually just dressed guys with paper over their naughty bits), a couple decent impersonations (of Mr. Thatcher and Reagan) and a tacky joke about deaf people.

Unfortunately, there was absolutely nothing that interested me in this film. Now to put it in context, I LOVE British comedy (my favorite comedies are all British--such as "Monty Python", "The Vicar of Dibley", "Mr. Bean", "Little Britain" and "Waiting for God"). But, I do not like improvised BAD British comedy, so there is absolutely no way I'd recommend this. In fact, I was so disappointed that the music was actually better (and funnier) than the skits.


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