The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

Julien Temple (1982)



Our Score
Combining footage from benefits staged in aid of Amnesty International, this movie is more a souvenir than great cinema. Directors Roger Graef and Julien Temple's video images are murky and jerky, and while they work for such memorable musical slots as Sting's Message in a Bottle and the blues teaming of guitar legends Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, they distract from the comedy without conveying any audience excitement. However, Alan Bennett and John Fortune's dialogue, the Pythons' immortal "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch and the End of the World routine featuring Peter Cook and Rowan Atkinson, all survive the self-consciously edgy camerawork.


Film of a charity comedy revue in aid of Amnesty International, featuring a glittering line-up of manic stars including Rowan Atkinson, Jasper Carrott, Billy Connolly and Peter Cook. The music industry is also ably represented, with appearances by guitar icons Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, plus singer-songwriter Phil Collins.

Cast & Crew

John Cleese John Cleese
Graham Chapman Graham Chapman
Peter Cook Peter Cook
Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson
Tim Brooke-Taylor Tim Brooke-Taylor
Sting Sting
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton
Jeff Beck Jeff Beck
Phil Collins Phil Collins
Donovan Donovan
John Bird John Bird
Alan Bennett Alan Bennett
Billy Connolly Billy Connolly
Director Julien Temple
Director Roger Graef
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: video and DVD