Beginning in 1979 many of Britain's most talented performers, including members of Monty Python's Flying Circus and several rock stars, teamed up in a series of benefits, several of which were captured on film.
A mock STAR WARS (1977) preamble announces that this movie has been compiled from The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, two live revues staged for the benefit of the human rights organization Amnesty International. ("After all," notes the narrator, "two balls are better than one.") The first segment
of the program opens at a park bench, where Peter Cook (the most Pythonesque of non-Python comedians) bores John Cleese to distraction with a series of tr...