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Holy Flying Circus (2011)

Tells the story of the outraged, and sometimes violent, response to 'The Life of Brian' the Monty Python movie that satirized the life of Jesus.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Crispin ...
Steve Punt ...
Eric Idle / Disciple / Rabbi / Singing Protester / Bishop
Michael Palin / Michael Palin's Mother / Devil
Rufus Jones ...
Terry Jones / Jones the Wife / Bishop
Tom Fisher ...
Graham Chapman / Tramp
John Cleese / Devil
Phil Nichol ...
Terry Gilliam
Simon Greenall ...
Barry Atkins / Pub Landlord
Robin Sebastian ...
US News Reporter / BBFC Representative / Montage Man
Nun / Montage Woman
Black Panther / Montage Man
Harry Balls / News Vendor
Ian Bonar ...
Production Person 1 / Sam Lowry
Selina Griffiths ...
Production Person 2 / Personal Assistant to BBC Head of Rude Words
Alan Dick / Desmond Lovely


In 1979 the Monty Python comedy team return from making their film 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' in Tunisia. Premiered in America the film is pilloried by ultra-right religious groups for its depiction of Christ. In England the Popular Peoples' Church of St Sophia (whose members include a Tourette's sufferer who shouts out swear words) find a copy of the script in a dustbin and lobby the British censor for its suppression, leading to many local councils banning its screening. Death threats follow and Michael Palin - "the nicest man in Britain" - has his effigy burned on his front lawn. Finally crazed TV programmer Alan Dick persuades Palin and co-star John Cleese to defend the picture on a late night chat show against the Bishop of Southwark and religious commentator Malcolm Muggeridge. Thanks to Cleese's reasoning the Pythons are seen to triumph, winning over the Popular Peoples' Church. A later encounter with God will show how the film's controversy paved the way for other artistic... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Michael Palin and Terry Jones liked the film, but John Cleese hated it and also disliked Darren Boyd's portrayal of him. See more »

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My brain hurts!
22 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

To quote Mr Gumby. I laughed so much my brain hurt. Brilliant cast, had the Python team off pat. Wonderful script which as well as being very funny gave pause for thought. Loved the religious extremists. Roy Marsden gave a wonderful performance, and made the Bishop look and sound even more ridiculous than he was (which is saying something). It was that good even God made a guest appearance. Actually, the only omission, and something I was really looking forward to was the Spanish Inquisition. But NO ONE expects the Spanish Inquisition. Apologies my brain is starting to hurt again urgh!!! nghh! uuunnnh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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