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Yellowbeard (1983)

Graham Chapman , Peter Boyle , Mel Damski  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Peter Cook
  • Directors: Mel Damski
  • Writers: Graham Chapman, Peter Cook, Bernard McKenna, David Sherlock
  • Producers: Carter DeHaven, John Daly
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDEV48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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For twelve years, Yellowbeard (Graham Chapman) has looted the Spanish Main, making men eat their lips and swallow their hearts. Caught and convicted -- for tax evasion! -- he's sentenced to 20 years in St. Victim's Prison for the Extremely Naughty. In a scheme to confiscate his fabulous treasure, the Royal Navy allows him to escape and follows him to the Spanish Main, where saucy tarts, lisping demigods and some awful puns and punishments await. Starring a who's who of comic cutups and cutthroats including Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Cheech and Chong, Marty Feldman, Peter Cook, Madeline Kahn and more!!!

Yellowbeard, a comedy cast with the all-star comedians of the 1980s, is a unique, corny spoof on pirate films. Like a Mel Brooks movie, Yellowbeard's plot is a series of ridiculous events, á la Airplane, circulating around Yellowbeard's (Graham Chapman) discovery that he has an "intellectual" son. Brain versus brawn is the film's theme, as Yellowbeard is forced to take his kid on a booty-hunt, since the pirate's ex-wife, Betty (Madeline Kahn), tattooed the treasure map on their child's head. As the bumbling British, including Harvey "Blind" Pew (John Cleese) and Gilbert Murvin (Marty Feldman), sail The Royal Navy Frigate to trail Yellowbeard's ship, The Lady Edith, The Spanish Main, captained by El Nebuloso (Tommy Chong) and El Segundo (Cheech Marin) follows in close pursuit. Three ships in constant battle on the open seas make for multiple comedic situations reminiscent of Monty Python. Directed by Mel Damski (Charmed, Lois & Clark), Yellowbeard has a made-for-TV cheesiness, though the talent of the actors, not to mention its off-kilter British humor, rescues the film from utter stupidity. --Trinie Dalton

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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under appreciated classic September 19, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film in the theater when it was originally released in 1983 and it has been one of my favorites ever since. What is amazing is that it bombed at the box office and was panned by the critics. This movie is hilarious, and has to be seen in the Monty Python frame of mind. Chapman is priceless, Madeline Kahn is unforgettable, John Cleese is brilliant, Cheech and Chong are hilarious, and Marty Feldman is a comic genius. I have friends over every year to see this film and it's become a "Rocky Horror Picture show" type of event complete with costumes, antics, quote contests, and other silliness. It is a shame this isn't available on DVD. Most of the VHS versions were poor quality, and my copy is certainly on its last legs. If you enjoy Monty Python, this definitely belongs in your collection while it's still somewhat available.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Graham Chapman at his best! December 15, 2001
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This movie is far under-rated in the realm of the Python movies. Seems to me it didn't get enough PR or something because as a comedy film alone it is hilarious. It stars Graham Chapman (Yellowbead a crude, nasty, out of touch, murderous pirate that kills anyone that gets in the way of his killing anyone), John Cleese (Blind Pew who has the most acute hearing in the world), Eric Idle, Marty Feldman, Cheech and Chong (Spanish morons), Madeline Kahn (the unfaithful Mrs. Yellowbeard), Peter Boyle (Yellowbeard's adversary and former ship-mate, Moon), and James Mason (a cruely funny, overly sadastic, extreme Mutiny on the Bounty captain type). It is set in the year 1707 and starts out with Yellowbeard nearing his release after 15 years in an English prison, and of course everyone wants to know where Yellowbeard hid his pirate treasure. Yellowbeard escapes the prison after his sentence is unfairly increased (to get him angry enough to escape on purpose) just before his parole and the rest movie is based on his attempt to avoid beng imprisoned again while being chased by the limp-wristed British authorities and going on a funny non-sensical killing, raping (because he likes rape) and pilliging rampage tryng to recover the treasure he hid so long ago. Of course the British authorities and Moon are after the treasure too :) This is a classic and should have been released on DVD a long time ago. This is Python stuff at it's best with the nastiest Python humor anywhere! Someone please pick up on it and make a DVD of it soon as I have only used rental resale VHS version (accch!) copy of it and would love to see it as it was meant to be seen- clearly and with good THX sound.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Tears stream down my face from laughing so hard when I watch this movie. This is one of the funniest darn movies ever, and for some reason it's so under appreciated. Do I just have a weird sense of humor? It's so darn funny! How can it not be funny with the cast of Monty Python, Cheech and Chong, and of course the wonderfully talented Madeline Kahn...oh, also, if you watch closely there is a very short scene with David Bowie in it. How can you go wrong? Admittedly, the quality of film isn't exactly the best, but with that aside one can still enjoy the hilariously witty one-liner's in the movie that will leave you quoting it after seeing it. So aside from it being a bit rough around the edges, you will laugh your [...]off watching it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing's as dangerous as a Yellowbeard.... July 18, 2002
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Why don't they make more pirate movies? Probably because the mold was broken after Yellowbeard. I mean, Cutthroat Island was funny, but I don't think they meant it to be. Graham Chapman stars as the scurvy dog himself, and his supporting cast is wonderful, including Pythons John Cleese and Eric Idle, Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong, Peter Boyle, Kenneth Mars, Susanna York, the late great James Mason, the late great Madeline Kahn, the late great Goon Spike Milligan, the late great Beyond The Fringe alum Peter Cook, the late Sir Michael Horndern, and finally, the late great Marty Feldman in his last role. Feldman died in Mayheeco before this was finished, hence the disjointed ending, but he was wonderful while he lasted. This sprang from the fertile & addled brain of Who drummer Keith Moon, who died before it was made. David Bowie was on vacation in Mexico in the same area while this was filmed, and makes an uncredited cameo. John Cleese is wonderful as Blind Pew (Cleese: "'oi 'ave acute 'earing." Idle- "I don't care about your jewelry"). James Mason is a hoot, playing it straight as a brutal English captain. Cheech & Chong are great, although I half expected to see them launch into their classic shtick of "Buggery On The High Seas". If your sense of humor is twisted, get this movie. If your SOH is just silly, get it too. If you miss Marty Feldman half as much as I do, then that means I miss him twice as much as you. There's also a "Making Of Yellowbeard" program out there. Keep your eyes peeled for it, too, it is worth it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cast of Loonies June 27, 2003
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Well suffice it to say this is a very funny movie. Just look at the cast. Some which have passed away. I can only say it stumps me as to why this isn't out on DVD when Cabin Boy and other similar movies are in fact on DVD. The mix of some of the Monty Python crew with a spattering of various other comedians including Cheech & Chong make it unforgettable. Good sets and music add to the movie. Anyone that enjoys comedies or pirate movies should find this entertaining. If you like Monty Python, Cheech & Chong, the Marx Brothers, or the Three Stooges you will love it.
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