A Liar's Autobiography: the Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

A Liar's Autobiography: the Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

Bill Jones (2) (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Despite the involvement of three directors, more than a dozen animation houses and the vocal contributions of most of the remaining Pythons, this biopic of comedian Graham Chapman is sadly lacking in what made the anarchic troupe so great. At its best, Monty Python was both funny and shocking; A Liar's Autobiography is neither, offering only limited insight into the life of the team's most enigmatic and intriguing member. Chapman played rugby, wore tweeds and smoked a pipe, and was often cast as the bewildered "straight man" in sketches and films. Using audio recordings he made a few years before his death from cancer at the age of 48, the film also sheds light on his homosexuality, struggles with alcoholism and, on the evidence here, a sex addiction. The sections dealing with his drink problem and celebrity lifestyle do make for engaging viewing, but the sudden shifts in animation style are awkward and distracting. And, even at 85 minutes, the movie often drags as if there was insufficient quality material to draw upon.


Premiere. Animated comedy based on the Python's surreal fictionalised account of his life story. Featuring recordings of Chapman's readings from the original book made before his death in 1989, and the voices of John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.

Cast & Crew

Graham Chapman Graham Chapman
Himself / Exploding don / David Frost John Cleese
Himself / Mother / Biggles / Anatomy don / Enormous Peter Terry Jones
Himself / Father / Interview don 1 / Hibbern / Queen Mother Michael Palin
Interview don 2 / Dr One Across / Pilot / Aleister Crowley / Jose Terry Gilliam
Masseuse / Singing telegram / Stewardess Carol Cleveland
David Sherlock Philip Bulcock
Seigmund Freud Cameron Diaz
Director Bill Jones (2)
Director Jeff Simpson
Director Ben Timlett
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Trinity Film EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Feb 2013
Comedy Drama