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Life of Brian (1979)

R | | Comedy | 17 August 1979 (USA)
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Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Innes ...
A Weedy Samaritan
John Young ...
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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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monty Python's Life of Brian  »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,034, 19 August 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One original concept for the film was having Brian be the 13th Apostle, and miss all the critical moments of Jesus' life, like the Last Supper. See more »


When Michael Palin turns around and walks past the two guards to the one standing behind them to say Biggus Dickus to him too, a stage hand is on the right sorting out the contents of a bowl or something. His clothes look contemporary 1970's not Roman era - possibly from a rehearsal scene put in after all the useless re-takes due to Michael Palin giggling himself during it - obvious edits are apparent. 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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) See more »


Music by
André Jacquemin and Dave Howman (as David Howman)
Arranged by Trevor Jones
Sung by Sonia Jones
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One of the most intelligent comedies ever made
16 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Personally, I believe this to be one of the most intelligent comedies ever made. It might not appear that way at first because the film does have its share of simple slapstick and "naughty" moments, but generally, the topics the Pythons tackle here are very serious - albeit dealt with in a way that makes this a true contender for the funniest film of all time.

A firework of hilarious sketches, timeless quotes and clever comments on the human condition, this film was deemed too dangerous for the masses and therefore, until recently, banned in several countries (normally, this only used to happen to the so called "Video Nasties").

This film never once makes fun of Jesus (Christ) - but it DOES take the mickey out of blind, fanatic followers of any political movement or religion.

An outstanding achievement and endlessly re-watchable.

My vote: 10 out of 10

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