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Life of Brian -- 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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Writers:
Graham Chapman (written by) &
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Release Date:
17 August 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A motion picture destined to offend nearly two thirds of the civilized world. And severely annoy the other third. See more »
Plot:
Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Still funny, after 25 years See more (322 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Terry Jones 
 
Writing credits
Graham Chapman (written by) &
John Cleese (written by) &
Terry Gilliam (written by) &
Eric Idle (written by) &
Terry Jones (written by) &
Michael Palin (written by)

Produced by
Tarak Ben Ammar .... executive producer: Tunisia
John Goldstone .... produced by
Tim Hampton .... associate producer
George Harrison .... executive producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Julian Doyle 
 
Production Design by
Terry Gilliam 
 
Art Direction by
Roger Christian 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Knode 
Hazel Pethig 
 
Makeup Department
Kenteas Brine .... hair stylist
Kenteas Brine .... makeup artist
Elaine Carew .... hairdressing
Elaine Carew .... makeup
Faouzia Choura .... hair stylist
Faouzia Choura .... makeup artist
Sue Ignatius .... hair stylist (as Susan Frear)
Sue Ignatius .... makeup artist (as Susan Frear)
Fatma Jaziri .... hair stylist
Fatma Jaziri .... makeup artist
Ken Lintott .... wigs: beards etc. (as Kenneth Lintott)
Diana Webber .... hair stylist
Diana Webber .... makeup artist
Maggie Weston .... hairdressing
Maggie Weston .... makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hmida Ben Ammar .... assistant director: Tunisia
Jonathan Benson .... first assistant director
Matthew Binns .... third assistant director
Melvin Lind .... second assistant director
Slim Mzali .... assistant director: Tunisia
Lotfi Thabet .... assistant director: Tunisia
 
Art Department
Mohammed Azounadhea .... assistant art director
John Beard .... assistant art director
Graham Bullock .... construction crew
Patricia Christian .... art dept. secretary
Nobby Clark .... construction crew (as Roy Clarke)
Peter Dunlop .... production buyer
Terry Gilliam .... design
Peter Grant .... props department
Dennis Harrison .... construction crew
Geoffrey Hartman .... props department
Craig Hillier .... construction crew
Gordon Izod .... construction crew
Richard Jones .... construction crew
Lotfi Layourni .... construction manager
John Margetts .... props department
Robert Mason .... construction crew
Michael Melia .... construction crew
Eric Nash .... construction crew
Darryl Paterson .... props department (as Daryll Patterson)
John Patterson .... construction manager
Gordon Phillips .... props department
Alan Seabrook .... construction crew
Hassen Soufi .... set dresser
Hassine Soufi .... production buyer
Bunny Southall .... construction crew
John Spottiswood .... scenic artist (as John Spotswood)
Peter Verard .... construction crew
Arthur Wicks .... props department
David Wiggins .... construction crew
 
Sound Department
Simon Bailey .... asst. dubbing editor
Philip Chubb .... assistant sound engineer (as Phil Chubb)
John Foster .... dubbing editor
Dushko Indjic .... assistant sound engineer
Garth Marshall .... sound recordist
Tony Orton .... effects editor
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
David Watts .... sound consultant: Dolby
Christopher T. Welch .... asst. dubbing editor (as Chris Welch)
Steve Hancock .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Tony Andrews .... animation and model department
Rupert Ashmore .... animation and model department
Michael Beard .... animation and model department
Valerie Charlton .... animation and model department (as Val Charlton)
Dennis De Groot .... animation and model department (as Dennis DeGroot)
Kate Hepburn .... animation and model department
Kent Houston .... optical effects: Peerless Camera Co.
Tim Ollive .... animation and model department (as Tim Olive)
Roger Pratt .... animation and model department
Keith Short .... modeller
Paul Whitbread .... optical effects: Peerless Camera Co.
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sadok Ben Amor .... camera grip
Alan Annand .... loader
David Appleby .... stills photographer
Frank Batt .... camera grip
Mike Brewster .... focus (as Michael Brewster)
Hechim Cherif .... loader
Chuck Finch .... electrical department
Kamel Kardous .... electrical department
Don Matton .... electrical department
Reg Parsons .... electrical department
Les Rodhouse .... electrical department
Roy Rodhouse .... chief electrician
Mohamed Sahli .... electrical department
Brian Smith .... electrical department
John Stanier .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Terry Gilliam .... animation
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Cable .... costume department
Nick Ede .... costume department
Zoulfikha Keari .... costume department
William Pierce .... costume department (as Bill Pierce)
Leila Turki .... costume department
 
Editorial Department
Rodney Glenn .... first assistant editor
John Mister .... second assistant editor
 
Location Management
Christina Biziou .... location assistant
Sallie Hampton .... location assistant
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Keith Grant .... music mixer
André Jacquemin .... music mixer (as Andre Jacquemin)
Steve James .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Jazzi Abderrazak .... production department: Tunisia
Ahmed Attia .... production department: Tunisia
Patricia Burgess .... representative: HandMade
Habib Chaari .... production department: Tunisia
Mohamed Ali Cherif .... production department: Tunisia (as Ali Cherif)
Hazel Crombie .... asst. accountant
Carey Fitzgerald .... contact: London
Claude Guillene .... production department: Tunisia
Tarak Harbi .... production department: Tunisia
Anne Henshaw .... business manager
Sally Jones .... contact: London (as Sally Ball)
Mouldi Kriden .... production department: Tunisia
Brenda Loader .... continuity
Christine Miller .... bibliography assistant
Hafida Ouertani .... accounts secretary
Jennie Raglan .... production assistant
Hilary Sandison .... producer's assistant
Nicole Souchal .... production assistant
Betty Swinburne .... contact: London
Ron Swinburne .... production accountant
Peter Thompson .... public relations
Ridha Turki .... accountant: Tunisia
 
Thanks
Keith Moon .... published edition of the screenplay dedicated to
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Monty Python's Life of Brian" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:M (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2007) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:18 (DVD re-rating) (2008) | Chile:(Banned) (original rating) (1981-2002) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1980) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 (re-rating) | Ireland:18 (uncut) (1987) | Ireland:(Banned) (1979-1987) | Italy:T (1991) | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:MG6 (DVD) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:11 (re-rating) (2004) | Norway:(Banned) (1980) | Norway:18 (1980) (re-rating on appeal) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:(Banned) | Spain:12 (DVD release) | Spain:T (DVD release) | Spain:13 (DVD release) (theatrical release) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video) (1988) | USA:R (certificate #25719)

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Trivia:
Cameo: [Tom Palin, son of Michael Palin]at The Mount, with Mr. Papadopolous. Tom was the only Python child who wanted to be in the film. Michael Palin later joked that his son would be able to tell people he appeared in a scene with the Pythons and one of The Beatles.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Requiem in D minor, K.626 - 3. Sequentia: Dies iraeSee more »

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69 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
Still funny, after 25 years, 29 June 2004
Author: abgkasjlkasjla from Denmark

When a film is still funny 25 years after it's made, and doesn't feel particularly aged, even a quarter of a century later, then you know that you've struck gold. The famous Monty Python crew once again take a well-known subject and make a lot of fun of it. This time, the subject is religion, or, more specifically, Christianity. Everyone who knows at least a little about Christianity, which is pretty much anyone from the western world, will probably be able to laugh at something in this movie. Unless, of course, you are very Christian yourself, in that case you will probably feel that the film is blasphemous(I don't personally think so, since it makes fun of the followers and the general stupidity of people and organizations back in 30-something A.D., rather than Jesus and his teachings). The plot is about as incoherent as the usual Monty Python team film, though it should be noted that, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, it is an actual film, and not a series of sketches, like, for example, the Meaning of Life. It's about as paced as they usually are, most of the scenes contain a lot of jokes, and then they move on to the next scene, after about five minutes of jokes and sight gags. This is, unfortunately, the problem with their films; if you don't like the jokes, the film might seem extremely slow to you; of course, one could argue that Monty Python mainly make movies for the jokes sake, but they could do better on the pacing, for the sake of viewers who don't like all those repeated jokes. That's not to say that I don't like them, I laugh at them most of the time, heck, I laughed so hard that I almost got stomach ache from it at one particular instant. But, I guess that a lot of people won't like them for this way of making movies. Oh well. You can't please everyone. The humor is great, it's standard Python wacky, crazy humor, so every Python fan should enjoy it. People who don't like Monty Python should give this a chance too, if they have at least a little humor, and they aren't Christian extremists. Christian "believers" can probably laugh at it too, like I said, it's not the religion itself, it's more the brainwashed followers that the film makes fun of. All in all, a great film for fans of the Python crew, and people who have a sense of humor about religion(a dark sense of humor, that is). I recommend it to fans of Monty Python, people who enjoy dark humor and people who can laugh a little at the less intelligent parts of Christianity. I fall into all three categories, and I loved it. 8/10

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