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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Still Dead, And Now in 3D

Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,469
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Medical Love Song
Written by Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Eric Idle
Performed by Graham Chapman
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Disappointing
21 November 2012 | by jc_fleischmanSee all my reviews

I'm a big Monty Python fan but I haven't yet read A Liar's Autobiography (Volume VI).

I was very disappointed with the film as it lacks any of the Monty Python charm. It feels more like a Spike Milligan book, but lacking that crucial, undefinable charm which draws you into a madman's world. It only made me wistful to watch some actual Monty Python. However there is somewhat of a spooky feel in that the film is narrated by Graham Chapman himself, who became an ex parrot in 1989.

The film is mostly animated using multiple styles of animation. Fans of Terry Gilliam animation will be disappointed to see a lack of this style though. There are a number of very crude jokes and references in this film, again lacking the charm to make them truly funny.

The film is somewhat reminiscent of the film Yellow Submarine (1968) and perhaps a sober state of mind is not recommended when watching this film. I highly recommend the Spike Milligan novels as well as any of the Monty Python films or shows.


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