Yellowbeard (1983)




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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.
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Graham Chapman
as Yellowbeard
Cheech Marin
as El Segundo
Tommy Chong
as El Nebuloso
Peter Cook
as Lord Lambourn
Marty Feldman
as Gilbert
Michael Hordern
as Dr. Gilpin
Eric Idle
as Cmdr. Clement
James Mason
as Capt. Hughes
John Cleese
as Blind Pew
Kenneth Mars
as Crisp/Verdugo
Spike Milligan
as Flunkie
Stacey Nelkin
as Triola
Nigel Planer
as Mansell
Susannah York
as Lady Churchill
Beryl Reid
as Lady Lambourn
John Francis
as Chaplain
Bernard Fox
as Tarbuck
Ronald Lacey
as Man with parrot
Greta Blackburn
as Mr. Prostitute
Peter Bull
as Queen Anne
Nigel Stock
as Admiral
Kenneth Danziger
as Mr. Martin
Monty Landis
as Prison Guard
Richard Wren
as Pirate
Monte Landis
as Prison Guard
John Diar
as Big John
Carlos Romano
as Priest
John Dair
as Big John
Ava Harela
as Flower Girl
Garry O'Neill
as Sergeant of the Marines
David Bowie
as Henson
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Critic Reviews for Yellowbeard

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Chapman as Yellowbeard thankfully sustains us with a mesmerizing performance, as does Kahn whenever she's on-camera. There just aren't enough laughs.

Full Review… | June 16, 2006
Movie Metropolis

no laugh track to save us from dud after dud.

June 7, 2006

More good than bad, worth owning.

November 9, 2005

Audience Reviews for Yellowbeard


When you overload a film with talent, it generally falls flat, and that is exactly what this movie does. It's not bad, but it's just not funny. All the different actors are doing their own thing, and they just can't find a way to fit together in a consistent comedy tone. The story isn't great either, but it could have been worse.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Pretty lame film with a sterling cast of legends most of which are sadly no longer with us, you could look at this as another 'Monty Python' type film along side others like 'Jabberwocky' and 'Time Bandits' but alas this film doesn't have much of the laughs and visual flair that those films do. The plot is your basic Treasure Island type thing but just totally crazy and loony hehe most of the jokes are prat falls and childish along with allot of sexual japes, again which are kinda dumb and childish. Unfortunately this was the last proper film for 'Python' Graham Chapman and also the last film for British comedian Marty Feldman, its a shame that the film is known for those two sad reasons and not much else, only for total fans really as there isn't much to recommend in this silly film, even the stellar cast can't save it.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Take actors from Mel Brooks, Monty Python, and Cheech & Chong movies and you get this slightly funny mess. John Cleese who was actually in the movie said it was the worst script he had ever read and Marty Feldmon died during filming.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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