Michael Palin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Michael Edward Palin, CBE FRGS (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. Palin wrote most of his comedic material with Terry Jones. Before Monty Python, they had worked on other shows such as The Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including "Argument Clinic", "Dead Parrot", "The Lumberjack Song", and "The Spanish Inquisition". Palin continued to work with Jones after Python, co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer and travel documentarian. His journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara desert, the Himalayas and, most recently, Eastern Europe. In 2000 Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television. Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Palin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Brazil (1985)

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Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Jonathan Pryce  •  Robert De Niro  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Ian Holm

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Jonathan Pryce  •  Robert De Niro  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Ian Holm

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Kevin Kline  •  Michael Palin

A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Crichton
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Kevin Kline  •  Michael Palin

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978)

The story of the rise and fall of the Pre-Fab Four.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Idle  •  Gary Weis
CAST:  Eric Idle  •  John Halsey  •  Ricky Fataar  •  Neil Innes

The story of the rise and fall of the Pre-Fab Four.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Idle  •  Gary Weis
CAST:  Eric Idle  •  John Halsey  •  Ricky Fataar  •  Neil Innes

And Now for Something Completely Different (1971)

A collection of Monty Python's Flying Circus skits from the first two seasons of their British TV series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian MacNaughton
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Graham Chapman  •  Terry Gilliam  •  Eric Idle

A collection of Monty Python's Flying Circus skits from the first two seasons of their British TV series.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian MacNaughton
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Graham Chapman  •  Terry Gilliam  •  Eric Idle

Fierce Creatures (1997)

Ex-policeman Rollo Lee is sent to run Marwood Zoo, the newly acquired business of a New Zealand tycoon. In order to meet high profit targets and keep the zoo open, Rollo enforces a new 'fierce creatures' policy, whereby only the most impressive and dangerous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Schepisi  •  Robert Young
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Kevin Kline  •  Robert Lindsay

Ex-policeman Rollo Lee is sent to run Marwood Zoo, the newly acquired business of a New Zealand tycoon. In order to meet high profit targets and keep the zoo open, Rollo enforces a new 'fierce creatures' policy, whereby only the most impressive and dangerous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Schepisi  •  Robert Young
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Kevin Kline  •  Robert Lindsay

Jabberwocky (1977)

A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour: After the death of his father the young Dennis Cooper goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called 'Jabberwocky'. Will Dennis make his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Harry H. Corbett  •  John Le Mesurier  •  Max Wall

A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour: After the death of his father the young Dennis Cooper goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called 'Jabberwocky'. Will Dennis make his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Harry H. Corbett  •  John Le Mesurier  •  Max Wall

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam  •  Terry Jones
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  John Cleese  •  Eric Idle  •  Michael Palin

King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black Knight who, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam  •  Terry Jones
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  John Cleese  •  Eric Idle  •  Michael Palin

Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982)

Monty Python perform many of their greatest sketches at the Hollywood Bowl, including several from pre-Python days.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian MacNaughton  •  Terry Hughes
CAST:  Terry Gilliam  •  John Cleese  •  Graham Chapman  •  Eric Idle

Monty Python perform many of their greatest sketches at the Hollywood Bowl, including several from pre-Python days.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian MacNaughton  •  Terry Hughes
CAST:  Terry Gilliam  •  John Cleese  •  Graham Chapman  •  Eric Idle

Life of Brian (1979)

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Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Jones
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  John Cleese  •  Terry Gilliam  •  Eric Idle

Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Jones
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  John Cleese  •  Terry Gilliam  •  Eric Idle

The Meaning of Life (1983)

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Life's questions are 'answered' in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. Then there's the National Health doctors who try to claim a healthy liver from a still-living ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Jones
CAST:  Terry Gilliam  •  Graham Chapman  •  John Cleese  •  Eric Idle

Life's questions are 'answered' in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. Then there's the National Health doctors who try to claim a healthy liver from a still-living ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Jones
CAST:  Terry Gilliam  •  Graham Chapman  •  John Cleese  •  Eric Idle

Time Bandits (1981)

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Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Craig Warnock  •  Sean Connery  •  Shelley Duvall

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Craig Warnock  •  Sean Connery  •  Shelley Duvall

The Crimson Permanent Assurance (1983)

A group of down-and-out accountants mutiny against their bosses and sail their office building onto the high seas in search of a pirate's life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Sydney Arnold  •  Guy Bertrand  •  Andrew Bicknell  •  Ross Davidson

A group of down-and-out accountants mutiny against their bosses and sail their office building onto the high seas in search of a pirate's life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Sydney Arnold  •  Guy Bertrand  •  Andrew Bicknell  •  Ross Davidson

How to Irritate People (1969)

A pre-Monty Python mockumentary, written by and presented by John Cleese, that provides tips on learning how to irritate people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Fordyce
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Tim Brooke-Taylor  •  Graham Chapman  •  Michael Palin

A pre-Monty Python mockumentary, written by and presented by John Cleese, that provides tips on learning how to irritate people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ian Fordyce
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Tim Brooke-Taylor  •  Graham Chapman  •  Michael Palin

Pleasure at Her Majesty's (1976)

The first of the Amnesty International comedy benefit galas. The title is a play on the phrase at Her Majesty's pleasure (the show was performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London). This show came to be considered part of the Secret Policeman's Ball series of shows ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Miller  •  Roger Graef
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Alan Bennett  •  Graham Chapman  •  Peter Cook

The first of the Amnesty International comedy benefit galas. The title is a play on the phrase at Her Majesty's pleasure (the show was performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London). This show came to be considered part of the Secret Policeman's Ball series of shows ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Miller  •  Roger Graef
CAST:  John Cleese  •  Alan Bennett  •  Graham Chapman  •  Peter Cook

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982)

Following the success of the 1979 show and the financial benefits accruing to Amnesty from the spin-off movie, TV special and record albums – Cleese, Lewis and Walker planned the next show to be a more spectacular event. Cleese focused on broadening the comedic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Temple
CAST:  Rowan Atkinson  •  Jeff Beck  •  Alan Bennett  •  Graham Chapman

Following the success of the 1979 show and the financial benefits accruing to Amnesty from the spin-off movie, TV special and record albums – Cleese, Lewis and Walker planned the next show to be a more spectacular event. Cleese focused on broadening the comedic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Temple
CAST:  Rowan Atkinson  •  Jeff Beck  •  Alan Bennett  •  Graham Chapman

A Private Function (1984)

In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby, accountant Henry Allardyce and solicitor Frank Lockwood are fattening a black-market pig for the big ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Maggie Smith  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Denholm Elliott

In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby, accountant Henry Allardyce and solicitor Frank Lockwood are fattening a black-market pig for the big ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Malcolm Mowbray
CAST:  Michael Palin  •  Maggie Smith  •  Richard Griffiths  •  Denholm Elliott

A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam pay tribute to their late Monty Python colleague Graham Chapman in this hilarious, 3-D animated adaptation of Chapman's brazenly fictionalized life story. (TIFF)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Jones  •  Jeff Simpson  •  Ben Timlett
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  Terry Gilliam  •  John Cleese  •  Michael Palin

John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam pay tribute to their late Monty Python colleague Graham Chapman in this hilarious, 3-D animated adaptation of Chapman's brazenly fictionalized life story. (TIFF)  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Jones  •  Jeff Simpson  •  Ben Timlett
CAST:  Graham Chapman  •  Terry Gilliam  •  John Cleese  •  Michael Palin

Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) (2010)

Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, which retells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary of the People's Front of Judea who falls in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aubrey Powell
CAST:  Eric Idle  •  Michael Palin  •  Terry Jones  •  Terry Gilliam

Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, which retells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary of the People's Front of Judea who falls in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aubrey Powell
CAST:  Eric Idle  •  Michael Palin  •  Terry Jones  •  Terry Gilliam

The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000)

Documentary about the career of Peter Sellers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Leaf  •  John Scheinfeld
CAST:  Fred Applegate  •  David Frost  •  Richard Lester  •  David Lodge

Documentary about the career of Peter Sellers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Leaf  •  John Scheinfeld
CAST:  Fred Applegate  •  David Frost  •  Richard Lester  •  David Lodge

Arthur Christmas (2011)

Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ‘acceptable’ to all but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sarah Smith
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  James McAvoy  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Hugh Laurie

Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ‘acceptable’ to all but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sarah Smith
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  James McAvoy  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Hugh Laurie
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