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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.


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


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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Did You Know?


The Blackmail sketch included a different special guest each night of the live production. July 1 - Stephen Fry, July 2 - Lee Mack, July 3 - Bill Bailey, July 4 - Noel Fielding, July 5 - Matt Lucas, July 15 - Warwick Davis, July 16 - Simon Pegg, July 18 - David Walliams, July 19 - Eddie Izzard, July 20 - Mike Myers. The performance was filmed on July 20, only the Mike Myers' version of the sketch appears in the film. 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 »


Follows Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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The Curse of Monty Python (Written by their most loyal worshiper)
8 November 2014 | by tomsuthblackSee all my reviews

Imagine having won a competition 40 years ago, then imagine that until now people do not remember you or relate you with anything other than having won that bleeding competition! All your life's journey, all your successes and failures, your whole existence on earth has been reduced into one achievement that happened almost half a century ago...as if all what you've done since then didn't count! That is what a person like, say, Douglas Adams always felt when people remembered him only as the writer of his very first novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, even though he had written 8 other books. That is what people like Arthur C Clark smiled bitterly whenever people remembered him only as the Author of 2001 Space Odyssey.

And that is how the five great geniuses who participated in this show would feel when, after 45 years of amazing achievements and spectacular successes in transforming the humor culture of the whole world in all of its visual, musical and conceptual aspects, they are remembered only as "Pythons", the group they had once belonged to 40 years ago!

People Always kept pestering Douglas Adams to write "another hitchhiker's book", and forcing Arther C. Clark to finish yet another 2001 Space Odyssey sequel, as if writing sequels to those particular works was the only thing those great minds could do, as if the rest of their creations wasn't significant. Similarly, people(myself included) hoped 'The Pythons' would come up with 'new Python material' for this live performance. 'The Pythons', no doubt, were not very excited about doing so. Quite understandably in my opinion.

We don't consider pestering John Cleese to create another Fawlty Towers, or Fish Called Wanda, or even Fierce Creatures. We don't Ask Terry Gilliam to give us another Brazil. We don't believe it is a very good idea that Terry Jones would try his hand in a sequel for Starship Titanic, and only a few of us ever watched Michael Palin's travelogues, but whenever one of those names is mentioned our mind flashes 'Pythons'! Yes, that was great. We want more of that. And the more we want it, the more we prove to the Pythons that they were really nothing else than Pythons. That was their finest hour. And the past half century really didn't count. Do not expect them to be happy about this!!

It is then understandable that they would've never bothered to comply with our sadistic desire to lock them inside the Python's sarcophagus... if it wasn't for money. Especially at this old age when they would've enjoyed their retirement, or at least their attempt to make use of their remaining years in creating something good enough to be remembered for other than their one and only achievement that counts in the past half century!

And since the money they needed wasn't a huge amount, for John's Alimony is almost paid for, and the costly legal dispute that forced the group into reunion would require less than a million quid, then their collaboration can be as brief as possible. In fact they mentioned it several times that they turned down a huge number of offers to perform this show all over the world.

Wouldn't it have been wonderful if they had came up with new material? New sketches? New brilliant Pythonic insights on the social and political dilemmas of our age, and the absurdity of the human condition in general? Of course it would. It would've also been a great farewell from them to their audiences, and a great generator of huge sums of money. But, above all, it would've cemented them in our memory and in the deep bleeding annals of history as nothing but 'The Pythons'.

Think about it.

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