The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982)




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Movie Info

The highlights of two benefit concerts staged in support of Amnesty International are collected in this British performance film, which features ample helpings of both music and comedy. The members of the Monty Python comedy troupe serve as headliners, performing live variations on some of their most famous sketches. Additional humor is provided by such luminaries as Peter Cook, while the musical segments include performances by Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Sting, amongst others. While all of the performers deliver the goods, the film's overall effectiveness is unfortunately limited by the purely functional direction and often poor image quality. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

The material photographed in The Secret Policeman's Other Ball is sometimes pretty funny, but it tends to get sidetracked by the low-budget videotape recording of the show, and the result is seen through a lens, darkly.

May 13, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Some of the humor slides over into tastelessness, but most of it is rousing fun in the tradition of the groups from which these performers have sprung.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Technically smoother than its predecessors, this is otherwise the mixture as before: comics and musicians, sometimes in unfamiliar permutations, doing their party pieces on behalf of Amnesty.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Though it looks more like a television special than a conventional movie, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball contains some of the funniest sequences to be found in any first-run movie at the minute.

September 18, 2004 | Full Review…

John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Michael Palm and Terry Jones -- ably underscored by Peter Cook, Pamela Stephenson and others -- find that rare territory between pure absurdity and the pure essence of things.

November 10, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Combining footage from benefits staged in aid of Amnesty International, this movie is more a souvenir than great cinema.

May 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

I think this is the best ever performance of "I don't like Mondays". The musical side of this alone is worth watching it for.

Angela Alcorn
Angela Alcorn

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