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A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

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An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

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Graham Chapman (book), David Sherlock (book)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Chapman ... Graham Chapman / Narrator (voice)
John Cleese ... John Cleese / Exploding Don / David Frost (voice)
Terry Jones ... Terry Jones / Graham's Mother / Biggles / Anatomy Don / Enormous Peter (voice)
Michael Palin ... Michael Palin / Graham's Father / Interview Don #1 / Hibbern / Queen Mother (voice)
Terry Gilliam ... Interview Don #2 / Dr One Across / Pilot / Aleister Crowley / Jose (voice)
Carol Cleveland ... Masseuse / Singing Telegram / Stewardess (voice)
Philip Bulcock ... David Sherlock (voice)
Stephen Fry ... Oscar Wilde (voice)
Rob Buckman Rob Buckman ... (voice)
Jamielisa Jacquemin Jamielisa Jacquemin ... (voice)
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... (voice)
Lloyd Kaufman ... Uncle Lloyd (voice)
Tom Hollander ... Recording Engineer (voice)
Peter Dickson Peter Dickson ... (voice)
Margarita Doyle Margarita Doyle ... Vomiting Sylvia Krystel (voice)
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An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

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Still Dead, And Now in 3D

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Animation | Comedy

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Rated R for strong and crude sexual content including graphic animated sequences, language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Autobiografía de un mentiroso See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,102, 4 November 2012

Gross USA:

$5,102
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The audio under the opening credits is from a sketch Chapman regularly used to perform, where he would ask a live audience at the start of the show to give him '30 seconds of abuse', as this would save time later on. For the film, specially recorded abuse was added from John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones (shouting Medieval curse words), Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland and David Sherlock, Chapman's former partner. One of the investors in the film can also be heard shouting "I want my f**king money back!" See more »

Goofs

Sigmund Freud's name is misspelled as "Seigmund Freud" in the opening title sequence and closing credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas in Heaven Song - Swing
Written by Michael Palin, Terry Jones, André Jacquemin and David Howman
Performed by Bob Saker
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Parrot Sketch Not Included
12 August 2014 | by irobiukSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the Pythons but before watching this pretty much all I knew about Graham Chapman's life was that he was an alcoholic and gay. Sadly, after watching the film, that still seems to be pretty much all there was to him.

A series of animation teams take us through Chapman's life from birth to death and with varying degrees of success, all with Chapman's narration. The visuals are mostly good and help to keep interest but anyone looking for insight will be disappointed. A self-indulgent sequence about Chapman's drinking withdrawal covers well-trodden ground and the repeated jokes about penises and ejaculation soon wear thin. OK, he was gay - we get it! The directors make the mistake of trying to be Pythonesque but nearly all the gags fall flat, while the storytelling gets lost and the timeline muddled. Chapman was a great performer and writer, but you wouldn't know it from this, which moves his art largely to 3rd place behind alcohol and being gay. A writing trip with Cleese seems happy to say Cleese did all the hard work on their projects while the sort of roles that gave Chapman the Hollywood lifestyle are brushed over.

Perhaps a better approach would have been to include archive footage and new materials, to explain things and provide context and perspective. Ultimately, this is just an unsatisfying film from some well-meaning Python fanboys.


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