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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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Director:
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 one of the funniest films of all time. See more (305 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 .... 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
Sally Ball .... contact: London
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
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
 
Thanks
Keith Moon .... published edition of the screenplay dedicated to
 
Crew verified as complete


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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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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
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) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1980) | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:15 (re-rating) | 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

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Trivia:
John Cleese wanted George Lazenby to play the part of Jesus. He said it would be in his opinion absolutely hilarious, and he wanted the tagline of the film to be "George Lazenby IS Jesus Christ". But when the film's producers contacted Lazenby's agent they were informed that Lazenby was overseas working on another film project and was unavailable. Kenneth Colley was then cast as Jesus.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the crowd of people that follow Brian claim he is performing miracles a blind man says he is healed. When he falls into the hole you can see there is a stunt mat there to break his fall.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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143 out of 184 people found the following review useful.
Still one of the funniest films of all time., 13 October 1999
Author: Darragh O' Donoghue (hitch1899_@hotmail.com) from Dublin, Ireland

It's impossible for me to be objective about this film. I know every scene and line by heart. Not because I'm one of those ghastly Python nerds, whose anal obsessiveness sucks the whole spirit out of everything they did, and actually misses the joke, which is on them; they are the perfect subjects for a Python lampoon. No. I only know LIFE OF BRIAN so intimately because I've seen it so often, it's still one of the funniest comedies I've ever seen, and persists in being hilarious despite familiarity, which, as in so much Python did, is the reverse of what comedy is 'supposed' to be made of (i.e. surprise).

Also, nostalgia value. MONTY PYTHON were my first heroes, before I even reached double figures. I gobbled up every programme, film and record in a space of a couple of short years, so they are bound up with a period of my life when I was very happy and hopeful, so I go all misty-eyed when I see it. Bizarrely, we were first encouraged to watch BRIAN by our Latin teacher, who felt it was very insightful about Roman society.

But no-one watches PYTHON anymore, except that dorkish clique. My brother, only a couple of years my junior, is as mystified now by my reaction to it as my parents were then. But surely BRIAN is a comic masterpiece in itself, accessible to anyone who found the very male, elitist, academic bias of the programme somewhat alienating?

How can I implore you to watch this? It's got a straight narrative, with some of the greatest set-pieces and dialogue of any film ever. It's not a great FILM comedy - Terry Jones is no Gilliam - but the style suits the humour perfectly, allowing it to breathe, and sometimes pulling off an extraordinarily evocative shot, such as when Brian and his mother are walking from Jesus' sermon, and squabbling about petty things like big noses, and the camera pulls back to a vast Judean wasteland, with a massive Roman statue being wheeled, and a set of crucifixes being planted: a marvellous encapsulation of a period in history.

This is the film's true triumph - it's a magnificent deconstruction of historical distortion. By paralleling the life of Christ with that of an ordinary little man, Python reclaim history from symbol and myth. It brings the body back into history. Its resolute rejection of divinity leads to a bleak, ironic conclusion (listen to 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' carefully, and in context: it's NOT comforting) - the story of Jesus without redemption is ghastly.

The intelligence behind the juvenile gags is astonishing - the film is a learned commentary on power, totalitarianism, repression, language, gender, the writing of history, the politics of subversion, the complicity of the repressed. Myth is thrown to the wind - the film succeeds where Reg and his revolutionaries fail, by revealing a whole series of repressive apparatum (sic?). No-one is spared - the film is unashamedly destructive, but the film's satire is not arid or narrow; there are many rich parallels with our own time, as the extraordinary reaction from the religious on the film's release showed.

But BRIAN is not just an attack on religion, but on all who would seek to write selective histories for their own interests, suppressing others' voices. The silliest jokes are also the most profound - in one scene, the kidnappers enter Pilate's palace through a tiled floor. They emerge through a modesty-concealing leaf painted on this floor. This is snickering schoolboy humour, and very very funny, but is also a comment on the phallocentricity of imperialism. Jokes like these are why BRIAN will always remain vital - it turns you into a ludicrous, ill-informed amateur historian.

The acting is an astonishing feat of multiple performances, but Graham Chapman, always my favorite Python, holds the chaos together, ironically as the Kafkaesque hero who races towards the abyss, an anti-Jesus to love and identify with. If I've made the film sound like hard work, than I'm an idiot. The seriousness is only there if you want it. Like Alice in Wonderland, or Buster Keaton, PYTHON seem to be full of metaphors that encapsulate the pains of life, but are also damnably entertaining. It's strange that men as supposedly 'surreal' and 'out there' as the Pythons should speak such good sense. Only BRINGING UP BABY, THE PALM BEACH STORY, and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, are funnier than this. Treasure it.

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