Saturday, December 28, 2013

Group Madness: The Making of 'Yellowbeard' (1983)

Directors: Michael Mileham, Phillip Schuman

Writers: Sam Baldoni, Ron DeZure, Ben Schuman

Composer: ???

Starring: Peter Cook, David Bowie, Peter Boyle, Graham Chapman, Tommy Chong, John Cleese, Marty Feldman, Martin Hewitt, Michael Hordern, Eric Idle, Madelin Kahn, Cheech Marin, Kenneth Mars, James Mason, Spike Milligan, Stacey Nelkin, Harry Nilsson, Susannah York

More info: IMDb

Plot: A camera crew follows the film makers of YELLOWBEARD (1983) as they create a wild and crazy pirate comedy filled with some of the biggest names in comedy.

My rating:  8/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

Hee hee hee.  This is more enjoyable than the film itself.  I liked YELLOWBEARD (1983) but it's too light on jokes considering the talent.  This, though, is 45 minutes of fun.  There's very little footage from the finished film which means it's nearly all behind the scenes footage while being filmed and loads of interviews with all of the principles.  They're all very funny and it's informative. Go figure.  Kenneth Mars is funny like I've never seen him. If you're a fan of any of these people (which kind of goes without saying that you'd also be a fan of all) then this is a must-see.  When you bring together members of Monty Python, Cheech & Chong and members of Mel Brooks' troupe, it's a home run. 

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