The Secret Policeman's Balls In the 1970s and '80s, the cream of British comedic talent (plus rock stars such as Sting and Phil Collins) appeared in a series of… The Secret Policeman's Balls In the 1970s and '80s, the cream of British comedic talent (plus rock stars such as Sting and Phil Collins) appeared in a series of…
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The Secret Policeman's Balls

The Secret Policeman's Balls: John Cleese stars in this compilation of benefit concerts
The Secret Policeman's Balls: John Cleese stars in this compilation of benefit concerts
EW's GRADE
B

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Comedy; With: John Cleese

In the 1970s and '80s, the cream of British 
 comedic talent (plus rock stars such as Sting and Phil Collins) appeared in a series of live benefit concerts for Amnesty 
International that 
usually featured the words secret, policeman's, and ball in the title. Some of the material in The Secret Policeman's Balls, a three-DVD round-up of those performances, is dated or overly 
parochial (or both). But a hilarious 1976 version 
of Monty Python's "Dead Parrot" sketch makes this most iconic of 
skits seem fresh. Unless, 
 apparently, you're 
 Parrot-eer John Cleese, who groans, "Oh, God..." when shown the skit during a 2004 documentary featured among the extras. B

Originally posted Jan 21, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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