Director: Mel Damski Cast: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Tommy Chong


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This colorful spoof of pirate movies had all the makings of a classic farce and yet sank straight to Davy Jones' locker at the box-office, for despite it's all-star international cast of famous comedians, and despite the fact that it was largely co-written by "Monty Python"-veteran Graham Chapman and former "Fringie" Peter Cook, the darned thing just wasn't funny. The sketches center around the core story of the dread pirate Yellowbeard's quest for a fabulous treasure, the map for which is tattooed on the head of his prissy son, who wants nothing to do with ships and pirate shenanigans. This was the final film of bug-eyed, beloved comedian Marty Feldman, who died of heart-failure before production finished.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2015
UPC: 0887090100205
Original Release: 1983
Rating: PG
Source: Olive Films
Time: 1:36:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Graham Chapman Yellowbeard
Peter Boyle Moon
Tommy Chong El Nebuloso
Eric Idle Cmdr. Clement
Peter Cook Lord Lambourn
John Cleese Harvey "Blind" Pew
Marty Feldman Gilbert
Martin Hewitt Dan
Michael Hordern Dr. Gilpin
Madeline Kahn Betty
James Mason Capt. Hughes
Susannah York Lady Churchill
David Bowie Henson,The Shark (uncredited)
Cheech Marin El Segundo
Kenneth Mars Mr. Crisp and Verdugo
Spike Milligan Flunkie
Stacey Nelkin Triola
Nigel Planer Mansell
Beryl Reid Lady Lambourn
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Mr. Beamish
John Francis Chaplain
Peter Bull Queen Anne
Bernard Fox Tarbuck
Ronald Lacey Man with parrot
Greta Blackburn Mr. Prostitute
Nigel Stock Admiral
Kenneth Danziger Mr. Martin
Monte Landis Prison Guard
Richard Wren Pirate
Bernard McKenna Askey
John Dair Big John
Carlos Romano Priest
Álvaro Carcaño Beggar
Leopoldo Frances Helmsman

Technical Credits
Mel Damski Director
Arthur Beavis Special Effects
Graham Chapman Screenwriter
John Cleese Screenwriter
Peter Cook Screenwriter
John Daly Executive Producer
Carter DeHaven Producer
Andy Evans Special Effects
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Terry Gilliam Screenwriter
Tim Hutchinson Set Decoration/Design
Eric Idle Screenwriter
Joseph Jennings Production Designer
Bernard McKenna Screenwriter
Ted Morley Asst. Director
John Morris Score Composer
Teresa Pecanins Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Clive Reed Asst. Director
William H. Reynolds Editor
Jack Shampan Art Director
Buddy Van Horn Stunts

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Yellowbeard 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am delighted that this film is FINALLY being released on DVD! This outrageous film has been out of print for several years now. Its cast is a merger of the Monty Python crew: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and John Cleese, Mel Brooks's favorites: Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle and Marty Feldman, and Cheech and Chong. Needless to say, with such a range of comedic approaches, the film is over the top - WAY over the top. That's part of why I love it. Now, the reason this film has been out of print for so long is that at the box office, it bombed, really bombed - made Ishtar seem like a success bombed. Early VHS sales were probably not that great either. My guess is that reviewers and audiences were looking for an amalgam of Young Frankenstein, The Life of Brian, etc - you know, intellectual comedy. What they got was unabashed silliness - humor carried by physical comedy and outrageousness. This is definitely more Naked Gun than Annie Hall, more WC Fields than Charlie Chaplin, more Three Stooges than, well, the Three Stooges - you get the picture. The plot, not that it matters, is Treasure Islandish. The dread pirate Yellowbeard (Graham Chapman) is due to be released from prison, but his treasure has not been found, The head of the Queen's Secret Service (Eric Idle) convinces the queen to extend his sentence to assure that he will break out of prison, whence he can be followed to the treasure. He does, encountering his treacherous ex-first mate (Peter Boyle) and his lackey, who was emprisoned with Yellowbeard (Marty Feldman), his wife (Madeline Kahn) and son by her (maybe) whom he has never met and on whose head the only copy of Yellowbeard's treasure map was tattooed at birth. After confusion and uproar, all sail off after the treasure (although not exactly as the adventurers planned) with Eric Idle and Medeline Kahn "hot" on their trail. The island is under the control of an evil inquistor (Tommy Chong) and his lackey (Cheech Marin). On the isle, they encounter amusing torture devices, perhaps the silliest battle in film history and the surprise (uhuh) ending. Okay, I admit it, if this plot has legs, they are very, very short. If you think that a silly movie needs a good plot, then this movie is probably not for you. If you like to kick back and just laugh with good comedians at their most outrageous, have a look. ... but who would want to miss Graham Chapman's great theatrical speech - "Was that walk, walk, stagger, crawl or walk stagger crawl, crawl" (aprox.) BTW - I love this movie. It only gets 4 stars because it isn't in my absolute upper echelon of favorite comedies - but it's close - call it 4-1/2 stars.
SparkyLA More than 1 year ago
Not quite a Holy Grail, but fun all the same. Peter Cook is fantastic, John Cleese is over the top. Stagger, stagger, crawl crawl has become an unforgetable catch phrase. If you like the Python style this is for you.
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