The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan (2006)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 134 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though most often recognized in America for his mammoth contributions to Brit comedy, such as masterminding The Goon Show alongside Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine, Spike Milligan spent eighty-four years proving his brilliance in innumerable areas including children's verse, serious-minded poetry, environmental crusades, song composition and musical instrumentation, demonstrating that no creative territory was unconquerable for him. Milligan also struggled with a destructive side for decades, the victim of severe bipolar disorder that imparted - on various occasions - homicidal and suicidal tendencies. The documentary The Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan pays unbridled tribute to Milligan's genius with a two-hour plus overview of his plethora of contributions to entertainment and the arts and his emotional struggles. Milligan's contemporaries, protégés, and family members appear on-camera, to discuss the man's legacy - among them, Eddie Izzard, Michael Palin, Joanna Lumley, and Eric Sykes. In addition, this documentary features never-before-seen clips from Milligan's home movies.

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comedy, genius, manic-depressive, music, poet, poetry, songwriter, writer, writing