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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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Ben Crispin ...
Steve Punt ...
Eric Idle / Disciple / Rabbi / Singing Protester / Bishop
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Michael Palin / Michael Palin's Mother / Devil
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Terry Jones / Jones the Wife / Bishop
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Graham Chapman / Tramp
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John Cleese / Devil
Phil Nichol ...
Terry Gilliam
Simon Greenall ...
Barry Atkins / Pub Landlord
Robin Sebastian ...
US News Reporter / BBFC Representative / Montage Man
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Nun / Montage Woman
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Black Panther / Montage Man
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Harry Balls / News Vendor
Ian Bonar ...
Production Person 1 / Sam Lowry
Selina Griffiths ...
Production Person 2 / Personal Assistant to BBC Head of Rude Words
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Alan Dick / Desmond Lovely
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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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Eric Idle rattles off a list of people who might send him a box full of excrement, and names The Beatles. This is actually unlikely, as George Harrison was a producer of Life of Brian. See more »

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Tourettes Choreographers - Honeysuckle Outburst, Mildred Tinnitus See more »

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References Ripping Yarns (1976) See more »

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Must watch for Python, comedy fans and those with common sense!!
20 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'll keep this relatively short.

Probably one of the best written comic scripts I've seen for many years.

The acting was absolutely superb especially Darren Boyd's turn as John Cleese. It perfectly shows the absurdity of the censorship battles comedy had to endure thanks to groups including Mary Whitehouse and shows how far we've come in a short period of time.

Most fans of MP know the outcome of this film and the problems with local council's bans with a recent lift of a ban only recently occurring.

Recommend this to anyone who's a fan of well written comedy.


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