Yellowbeard
Filmfest 2006

The pirate Yellowbeard, having been incarcerated for tax evasion despite his years of terrorizing the high seas (“Often forcing his victims to eat their own lips...”), manages to survive the whole of his jail sentence but has not disclosed the whereabouts of his vast treasure. The Royal Navy then hatches a plot to increase his sentence by a good 140 years, in the hope that he’ll escape in a rage to set out for his treasure. This he does, recruiting a motley crew of companions along the way. Things go slightly wrong when his former shipmate-turned-traitor Mr. Moon press gangs his companions and gets them on a ship of their own in the hope of finding the treasure for themselves. With the navy hot on their trail, they eventually find the island and the battle for the treasure commences.– The original idea for YELLOWBEARD came from Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, who was to play Moon but died later from a drug overdose. Marty Feldman died tragically while shooting in Mexico.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech Marin, Marty Feldman, David Bowie

Credits

Director: Mel Damski