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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

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The film that is so funny it was banned in Norway. 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?


To receive a 'AA' certificate in the UK, allowing audience members under 18, the word "cunt" had to be removed from the scene where Reg blames Brian for allowing the Romans to almost discover the resistance's secret hideout. "Klutz" was overdubbed, though it's quite obvious to the audience what John Cleese is saying. See more »


When the three wise men praise Brian, an electrical extension cord is clearly visible, hanging down on the right of the screen (widescreen). 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are presented as an elaborate Terry Gilliam animated sequence of Roman temples being destroyed. See more »


Referenced in It's Like, You Know...: The Life of Brian (1999) 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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Ave Monty Python!
10 October 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This is, in my opinion, the best religious movie ever made. Monty Python's Flying Circus knows how to do everything hilariously. Focusing on Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), who gets mistaken for the messiah in Judea in 33 AD, the movie pokes fun at everything: Romans, Jews, imperialism, even extraterrestrials. With sardonic lines almost every minute, they play religious fundamentalism for what it is: silly. I don't even know which scene was my favorite; every part was so funny. You'll never forget the song at the end. This is comedy in its greatest form, and it makes sense that it would come from the guys who brought us the "parrot sketch". Absolutely a hoot.

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