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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 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 ... (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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Trivia

The audio under the opening credits is from a sketch Chapman regularly used to perform, where he asked a live audience at the start of the show to give him "thirty seconds of abuse", as this saved time later on. For this movie, specially recorded abuse was added from John Cleese, Sir Michael Palin, Terry Jones (shouting Medieval curse words), Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland, and David Sherlock, Chapman's former partner. One of the investors in this movie 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

References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Sit on My Face
Performed by Graham Chapman
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Disappointing, disjointed, but strangely accurate
21 November 2013 | by alangmcw-850-641963See all my reviews

Well I have to say that I was rather disappointed with this film. It comes across as disjointed and of varying levels of quality. It certainly never reaches anything like the standards of entertainment of the old Monty Python stuff. Mind you I suppose it is clear that it doesn't set out to or pretend to do that. It is, after all, a film based on Graham Chapman's autobiography.

I did read this book many years ago – in part because I and some friends met the man himself back in 1974, and we spent a rather drunken evening together in the bar at the Kingshouse in Glencoe. This episode even gets a mention in the book (page 218), although not in the film; so I have some first hand knowledge of what he was like.

Essentially I reckon the book is an honest and accurate insight into Chapman's life (despite the title), and the film comes across as a project based on the book. The film does some things reasonably well, but mostly it looks like the producers simply farmed out sections of the book to several different groups of students (or maybe recent graduates) of media studies or animation, and then stuck them together using odd snippets of Chapman's own reading of the book.

I watched the film on DVD and found the "additional material" to be considerably more watchable than the film itself, particularly some old 8mm film and the "behind the scenes" stuff on the way the animation scenes were produced!


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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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