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Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut 

A documentary on the history on British comedy group Monty Python. Features interviews with the five surviving members plus other comedians and artists whose careers they have influenced.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Eric Idle ...  Self 6 episodes, 2009
John Cleese ...  Self 6 episodes, 2009
Michael Palin ...  Self 6 episodes, 2009
Terry Gilliam ...  Self 6 episodes, 2009
Terry Jones ...  Self 6 episodes, 2009
Danny Scheinmann ...  Abe Appenheimer 6 episodes, 2009
Barry Cryer Barry Cryer ...  Self 5 episodes, 2009
David Sherlock David Sherlock ...  Self 5 episodes, 2009
Steve Coogan ...  Self 4 episodes, 2009
Phill Jupitus ...  Self 4 episodes, 2009
Bill Oddie ...  Self 4 episodes, 2009
Neil Innes ...  Self 4 episodes, 2009
Julian Doyle ...  Self 4 episodes, 2009
Eddie Izzard ...  Self 4 episodes, 2009
Nancy Lewis Nancy Lewis ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
John Goldstone John Goldstone ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
Carol Cleveland ...  Self 5 episodes, 2009
Dan Aykroyd ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
Sanjeev Bhaskar ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
Robert Hewison Robert Hewison ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
Bruce Dickinson ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
Russell Brand ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
John Du Prez John Du Prez ...  Self 3 episodes, 2009
Tim Brooke-Taylor ...  Self 4 episodes, 2009
Olivia Harrison ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
Dave Howman Dave Howman ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
John Massey John Massey ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
André Jacquemin André Jacquemin ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
Art Mortimer Art Mortimer ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
Seth Green ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
Nick Mason ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
Stephen Merchant ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
Simon Pegg ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
Tim Roth ...  Self 2 episodes, 2009
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A documentary on the history on British comedy group Monty Python. Features interviews with the five surviving members plus other comedians and artists whose careers they have influenced.

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This documentary series consists of six episodes. The running time per episode is just under one hour; so the total running time of the show would be 5 1/2 to 6 hours. The 1h 47min running time listed here on imdb only refers to a special cut shown in one particular cinema, for one night only; this 107min. listing is therefore a bit pointless. See more »

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Good job, despite the direction
18 October 2010 | by imdb2-556-923983See all my reviews

This documentary took the road most taken: if you're documenting Python, be Pythonesque. That's why it gets an 8 and not a 10. The mini-sketch at the beginning got to be annoying about half-way through it at the first watching. I really didn't need the joke repeated 6 times. (And it is more reminiscent of the opening scene of Gilliam's Brazil than of anything by Python, anyway.) Then there are the animations meant to be homage's to Gilliam's works. Another miss. And there's the cutting-people-off-in-mid-sentence in interviews (which, of the Pythonesque directorial touches is the one that works best, in my opinion). The interviewee-being-seen-in-a-profile motif also detracted from the documentary. In short, directorially it's in a bad shape.

Having said that, the rest of it I loved. It is a candid tale of a troupe who got together only by some strange series of flukes, remained together for as long as they did because their various antics and inter-group quibbling somehow managed to cancel each other, left us an incredibly funny legacy (the highlights of which were done as quick-and-dirty solutions to some odd problems) and finally were fed up with it and went on to do other great things separately.

At no point does it feel like anyone is holding anything back. For example, the group is very open about their complete lack of interest in each other's personal lives, and how that made them not see what was going on in Graham Chapman's life, even when it was too big to miss.

Intermixed with this are well-chosen bits of archive footage (including interviews with Chapman that are edited in to sound just like the interviews with the five surviving members), some perspective interviews with friends and contemporary comedians (as well as some actors and musicians), and mentions of some notable fans (mostly from the music business).

I am a Python fan, but (like the group itself, apparently) never dug into their personal lives, feeling that their body of work should speak for itself. So, to me, much of this was new, and I thought that just hearing the story of George Harrison's house and its connection to Life of Brian -- that alone would have made the watching of this documentary worthwhile... and there's a lot more where that came from.

A solid, well deserved 8.


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English

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18 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monty Python - Fast die ganze Wahrheit See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 parts)

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