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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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17 August 1979 (USA) See more »
A motion picture destined to offend nearly two thirds of the civilized world. And severely annoy the other third. See more »
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 »
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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 .... producer
Tim Hampton .... associate producer
George Harrison .... executive producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
Original Music by
Geoffrey Burgon 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou 
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 .... hair stylist
Elaine Carew .... makeup artist
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 and beards maker (as Kenneth Lintott)
Diana Webber .... hair stylist
Diana Webber .... makeup artist
Maggie Weston .... hair stylist
Maggie Weston .... makeup artist
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 department secretary
Nobby Clark .... construction crew (as Roy Clarke)
Peter Dunlop .... production buyer
Peter Grant .... property master
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
Darryl Paterson .... storeman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Simon Bailey .... assistant 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 .... sound effects editor
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
David Watts .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Christopher T. Welch .... assistant 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
Tim Ollive .... animation and model department (as Tim Olive)
Roger Pratt .... animation and model department
Keith Short .... modeller
Paul Whitbread .... optical effects
Bob Cuff .... matte painter (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sadok Ben Amor .... camera grip
Alan Annand .... camera loader
David Appleby .... still photographer
Frank Batt .... camera grip
Mike Brewster .... focus puller (as Michael Brewster)
Hechim Cherif .... camera 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 designer
Terry Gilliam .... animator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Cable .... costumer
Nick Ede .... costumer
Zoulfikha Keari .... costume department
William Pierce .... costumer (as Bill Pierce)
Leila Turki .... costumer
Editorial Department
Rodney Glenn .... first assistant editor
John Mister .... second assistant editor
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
Christina Biziou .... location assistant
Patricia Burgess .... representative: Hand Made Films
Habib Chaari .... production department: Tunisia
Mohamed Ali Cherif .... production department: Tunisia (as Ali Cherif)
Hazel Crombie .... assistant accountant
Carey Fitzgerald .... contact: London
Claude Guillene .... production department: Tunisia
Sallie Hampton .... location assistant
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 .... accounting secretary
Jennie Raglan .... production assistant
Hilary Sandison .... assistant to producer
Nicole Souchal .... production assistant
Betty Swinburne .... contact: London
Ron Swinburne .... production accountant
Peter Thompson .... public relations
Ridha Turki .... accountant: Tunisia
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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94 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Australia:MA (Special Edition DVD) | 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:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 (re-rating) | Ireland:18 (uncut) (1987) | Ireland:(Banned) (1979-1987) | 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:T | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video)) (1988) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Norway banned the film for one year for blasphemy, then gave it an '18' rating and included a warning from the censors at the beginning. It has been marketed in Sweden as "The film that is so funny that it was banned in Norway!" Ireland banned the film for blasphemy until 1987. Torbay Council, Devon, refused to show the film until September 2008. Aberystwyth, Wales, lifted its local ban in 2009 after cast member Sue Jones-Davies was elected mayor.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: A camera shadow appears on Brian the first time people chase him, thinking he's the messiah.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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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The most intelligent comedy ever made, 16 December 2013
Author: gogoschka-1 from wherever good films play

For me, this is the most intelligent comedy ever made. Sure, it 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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