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Life of Brian (1979)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  17 August 1979 (USA)
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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wise Man #2 / Brian Cohen / Biggus Dickus
Mr. Cheeky / Stan aka Loretta / Harry the Haggler / Culprit Woman / Warris / Intensely Dull Youth / Jailer's Assistant / Otto / Lead Singer Crucifee
Kenneth Colley ...
Neil Innes ...
Charles McKeown ...
John Young ...
Matthias, Son of Deuteronomy of Gath
Sue Jones-Davies ...
Peter Brett


The story of Brian of Nazareth, born on the same day as Jesus of Nazareth, who takes a different path in life that leads to the same conclusion. Brian joins a political resistance movement aiming to get the Romans out of Judea. Brian scores a victory of sorts when he manages to paint political slogans on an entire wall in the city of Jerusalem. The movement is not very effective but somehow Brian becomes a prophet and gathers his own following. His fate is sealed however and he lives a very short life. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He wasn't the messiah. He was a very naughty boy. See more »




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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monty Python's Life of Brian  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,376 (USA) (30 April 2004)


$646,124 (USA) (22 October 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally financed by EMI, who backed out because they considered the script blasphemous. The Pythons sued EMI and settled out of court. George Harrison, a huge Monty Python fan, thought it was the last chance to have another Python film. He created Handmade Films, and "pawned" (his words) his home in London and his office building to raise the $4 million needed. When asked why, he said "because I want to go see it." Eric Idle joked that it was the highest price ever paid for a cinema ticket. See more »


In the manger scene, John Cleese has obvious lines on his face where his make-up has run from sweat. See more »


[first lines]
Wise Man #1: Ahem!
Brian's mother: Oh!
[falls over in chair]
Brian's mother: Who are you?
Wise Man #2: We are three wise men.
Brian's mother: What?
Wise Man #1: We are three wise men.
Brian's mother: Well, what are you doing creeping around a cow shed at two o'clock in the morning? That doesn't sound very wise to me.
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Moose Choreography See more »


References Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948) See more »


Always Look on the Bright Side Of Life
Written by Eric Idle
Arranged by John Altman
Sung by Eric Idle and chorus
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One of the top 10 of all time
30 May 1999 | by (Ouachita National Forest) – See all my reviews

True, my tastes are eclectic. This movie is so incredibly clever and thought provoking that it's not surprising that it raised so many hackles. Plus, it's as fast paced and funny as a Marx Brothers movie without the musical breaks. You can watch it 20 times and you'll still sing at the end. Undoubtedly one of the top 10!!

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