Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) Poster


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Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) (TV Series)
Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus (1972) (TV Mini-Series)

Followed by 

Version of 

Edited into 

From Spam to Sperm (2000) (TV Movie)
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.

Spun-off from 

Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) (TV Series)


Spartacus (1960)
The famous scene with all the men claiming to be Spartacus is adapted to "I'm Brian - No, I'm Brian!..."
La Notte (1961)

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Eric Idle/Kate Bush (1978) (TV Episode)
Eric Idle mentions filming this movie in Tunisia during his monologue
Friday Night, Saturday Morning: Episode #1.7 (1979) (TV Episode)
The film is discussed
The Good Thief (1980)
Il ladrone is also about a contempory of Christ
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
There is a poster for the film in Tottenham Court Road tube station.
What Is Brazil? (1985) (TV Short)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1990) (TV Episode)
referenced as part of Joel & the Bots' comments
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sidehackers (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom Servo "Thwow him to the gwound, centuwion."
Life of Python (1990) (TV Special)
mentioned in the tv-special
What's Up Doc?: Episode #1.29 (1993) (TV Episode)
Andy quotes 'What have the Romans ever done for us'.
Vreemde praktijken: De vervuiler betaald (1993) (TV Episode)
A happy Laurens Jan sings "Always Look on the Bright Side Of Life".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: Blessed are the Cheese Makers?
12 Monkeys (1995)
Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV Movie)
Title of this film is shown on a theater marquee.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Poopie! (1995) (Video)
Trace: "I want to cwucify Bwian!"
Our Friends in the North (1996) (TV Mini-Series)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mole People (1997) (TV Episode)
"Oh, Pilate's favorite! What I wouldn't give to be spat upon!"
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Movie mentioned, still photos shown.
Sliding Doors (1998)
James says to Helen, "Hey, remember what the Monty Python boys say", to which she replies, "What, 'always look on the bright side of life?'"
Men in White (1998) (TV Movie)
"We are all individuals"
The Roseanne Show: Episode #1.29 (1998) (TV Episode)
Chi McBride draws comparisons to his show "The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer"
Good Eats: Romancing the Bird: A Good Eats Thanksgiving (1999) (TV Episode)
"Life of Brine" title card
It's Like, You Know...: The Life of Brian (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Gladiator (2000)
The Directors: The Films of Terry Gilliam (2000) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in film.
Snatch (2000)
Gilmore Girls: Red Light on the Wedding Night (2001) (TV Episode)
Rory and Dean discuss watching the film.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
The Beasts Within (2001) (TV Movie)
The Simpsons: Road Rage (2001) (Video Game)
"The Life of Brian's Cat" advertised on theatre marquee in the Entertainment District level.
Oi diaplekomenoi: Episode #1.9 (2001) (TV Episode)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Eddie Izzard: Circle (2002) (Video)
A bit about the meek inheriting the earth (confirmed by Izzard on DVD commentary)
Van Helsing (2004)
"We Transylvanians always look on the bright side of death"
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV Movie)
Listed in a magazine.
Queer as Folk: Proposal of Two Kinds (2004) (TV Episode)
Melanie refers to spending most of her time in bed as "living the life of Brian."
Liebe ist die beste Medizin (2004) (TV Movie)
When Peter goes out of his room onto the balcony more or less naked it's the same when Brian stands on the open window.
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
No. 1 in poll, talked about.
Monty Python's Personal Best (2006) (TV Series)
Derek Acorah's Ghost Towns: Lowestoft (2006) (TV Episode)
DVD on shelf.
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.200 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "The Indie 5" category
Best Ever Spitting Image (2006) (TV Movie)
"Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is sung
Venus (2006)
Allusion to the female's place being in the kitchen to cook for and please the man. In both instances, here, it's halibut fish for the meal.
Don't Get Me Started!: Stewart Lee What's Wrong with Blasphemy? (2006) (TV Episode)
Clips and discussed in relation to blasphemy
QI: Death (2006) (TV Episode)
Alan's buzzer is "Always look on the bright side of life"
South Park: Go God Go (2006) (TV Episode)
'Unified Atheist League' - 'United Atheist Alliance', in Life of Brian there is a 'Judean People's Front' - 'People's Front of Judea'
An Evening with Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder (2006) (Video)
Smith quotes the "Blessed are the cheesemakers" line.
The Secret Life of Brian (2007) (TV Movie)
What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Room 101: Episode #11.6 (2007) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
The final scene of the film is an imitation of the poster design of Life of Brian.
What a Year: 1980 (2007) (TV Episode)
This movie is mentioned in a segment on the top 5 Australian box office movies of 1980.
Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV Movie)
A brief mention
Family Guy: The Former Life of Brian (2008) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Comedy Connections: Ripping Yarns (2008) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Slice of Life (2008) (TV Episode)
Ashley references the movie in regards to what is unfolding in the Juergens house and at Grant High.
Nostalgia Critic: Surf Ninjas (2008) (TV Episode)
The "Remember, I died for your sins" gag is accompanied by the Nativity theme.
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #8.7 (2008) (TV Episode)
Toni Pearen and Henri Byalikov dance their Foxtrot to the song Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, from Life of Brian.
Yes Man (2008)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Monty Python in Aberystwyth (2009) (TV Movie)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Stuttering EMT in Parnassus a reference to, and utters lines similar to, the stuttering jailer's assistant in Life of Brian.
VeggieTales: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella (2009) (Video)
the villain's lisping W monologue
Two and a Half Men: Gorp. Fnark. Schmegle. (2009) (TV Episode)
Charlie thinks about it.
Neues aus der Anstalt: Spätrömischer Empfang für Westerwelle (2010) (TV Episode)
Urban Priol quotes a line from this movie
The Big Box: The House of the Devil (2010) (TV Episode)
Vic Dealio mentions it.
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Independence Day (2010) (TV Episode)
The "Boomer will live" catchphrase is accompanied by the Nativity theme.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010) (Video Game)
Building with 'Romanes Eunt Domus' written on it.
Nostalgia Critic: The Langoliers (2011) (TV Episode)
As the Critic prays, the opening music is played.
Brows Held High: Tideland (2011) (TV Episode)
another Python film directed by Gilliam
Holy Flying Circus (2011) (TV Movie)
TV movie based on the controversy created by 'The Life of Brian'
Skins: Finale (2012) (TV Episode)
"Biggus Dickus" mentioned
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
The character "Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate" wears a false beard and talks with a deliberately low voice to disguise the fact she's a woman just like the women at the stoning in Life Of Brian.
Kath & Kimderella (2012)
Kath says of Kim, "She's not a princess, she's a stupid girl"
A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)
The crucifix on the wall in the 'Drying Out' scene is actually an image of Graham Chapman himself taken from the closing scene of 'Life of Brian'
Life of Jimmy (2013) (TV Series)
The series title is a reference to Life of Brian, using a similar font to the movie's title.
Family Guy: Life of Brian (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Almighty Johnsons: Mike in the Mirror (2013) (TV Episode)
Anders tells Michele her business plan is like this movie.
Barbie: The Pearl Princess (2014) (Video)
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is sung by all the Characters.
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Ending musical number features a chorus of singers stuck to the wall with ice, much like crucifixion.
The Hitch (2014)
Scenes are referenced
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Title on cinema marquee.
The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2014) (TV Movie)
Title shown in image of movie theater listings
Neues aus der Anstalt: Süß und ehrenvoll ist's, für's Vaterland zu sterben (2014) (TV Episode)
"Only one cross each" is quoted and explicitly stated where the quote came from
Eén tegen 100: Episode #14.10 (2014) (TV Episode)
Part of a question
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Herbert Trubshaw hanging upside down like the prisoner in Life of Brian
Limbo (2014)
The movie is discussed and talked about here.
Italiano medio (2015)
The environmentalists see Giulio as their "messianic" figure and blindly accept everything he says as an important suggestion.
Transformers: The Movie, The Parody (2015) (Short)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015) (Video Game)
In Novigrad you may pass by a beggar, who rants about a healer, who "appeared from nowhere", and cures his profitable leprecy.
Absolutely Anything (2015)
the Alien ship can be seen among the pile of wrecks. Ray has people worship him and follow him everywhere.
The Cinema Snob: The Passion of the Christ (2015) (TV Episode)
"There is the look of a man who is not ready to sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"... yet."
Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.54 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mark.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
A Roman character in the biblical epic speaks with a heavy lisp, much like Pontius Pilate in this movie.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.2 (2016) (TV Episode)
After Issa Schultz is revealed as the Chaser, Andrew O'Keefe says "He's not the Messiah, he's just a very nerdy boy."
Lucifer: #TeamLucifer (2016) (TV Episode)
Lucifer's speech to the Satanists where he tells them to think for themselves and embrace free will echoes Brian's speech to his followers.
Nostalgia Critic: Is White Washing Really Still a Thing? (2016) (TV Episode)
the Critic points out that the cast of this film are not played by Israelis
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.93 (2016) (TV Episode)
Stuart has to complete the title of the 1979 comedy classic during his Cash Builder round.
La folle histoire de Max et Léon (2016)
Dispute over the many names of the different resistance groups.
#will (2016) (Short)
When William tells his friends "You are not all the same" someone answers "I am" which is an opposite reference to what Brian says to the crowd: "You are all different". The crowd agrees simultaneously but one man answers: "I'm not"
South Park: Oh, Jeez (2016) (TV Episode)
Scene where the Danish head of TrollTrace harps on the pun names of the fake doctors like 'Courtsier Boobsoff' that 'skankhunt42' aka Gerald Broflovski had made up earlier, and Gerald snorting and trying to avoid laughing out loud, mimicks Brian / Pontius Pilate / Biccus Diccus scene
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #9.24 (2017) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Uncle: Rivals (2017) (TV Episode)
Bruce: "I'm not the messiah, I've been a very naughty boy!"
Gap Year: Penang: The Shoot (2017) (TV Episode)
Greg mentions that "Life of Brain" was banned in Norway.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.162 (2017) (TV Episode)
Correct response in the category "Comedy Films of the 1970s".
Black Sabbath: The End of the End (2017)
At the very end, when Ozzy tells the crew to "Fuck off!" And someone answers, "How shall we fuck off, Lord?"
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 20 December 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Kevin Maguire.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Cleese/Laverne Cox/Joyelle Nicole Johnson/Brendan Canty (2018) (TV Episode)
John Cleese tells how nobody was willing to fund his project until George Harrison came along
Behind the Curve (2018)
Clip from Life of Brian is shown in the film.
Brexit (2019) (TV Movie)
Craig Oliver says "He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty...", then swears.
After Life: Episode #1.6 (2019) (TV Episode)
The Tambury Gazette carries this headline of the story about Brian as written by Sandy
Sem pyanits (2019)
Scene on the cross with "Always Look on the Bright Side" inscription.
Films Under Constant Critique: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (2019) (TV Episode)
"It's funny because Admiral Piett played Jesus in Life of Brian..."

Featured in 

Talking Pictures: Episode #1.3 (1979) (TV Episode)
Clips seen and discussed
The Pythons (1979) (TV Movie)
E.T. and Friends: Magical Movie Visitors (1982) (TV Movie)
A clip is featured.
A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989) (TV Special)
Clip shown as part of The Barry Awards
Life of Python (1990) (TV Special)
Zomergasten: Episode #4.5 (1991) (TV Episode)
Two fragments of this film are shown during this episode
Zomergasten: Episode #10.4 (1997) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
30 Years of Monty Python, a Revelation (1999) (TV Movie)
deleted scenes
Top Ten: Comedy Records (2000) (TV Episode)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) (TV Special)
featured in the In Memoriam segment for George Harrison.
Sahara with Michael Palin (2002) (TV Mini-Series)
clips are used in the documentary
Sendung ohne Namen: Es ist doch immer das gleiche... (2002) (TV Episode)
Some scenes are shown.
Troldspejlet: Episode #30.16 (2003) (TV Episode)
DVD release reviewed + footage used
The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
Pucker Up (2005)
illustrates whistling's optimism
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Won the poll, clips shown
50 Most Shocking Comedy Moments (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips featured and discussed
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Secret Life of Brian (2007) (TV Movie)
What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
20 to 1: Funny Films (2007) (TV Episode)
Some clips from this movie are shown when it is the subject of a segment.
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 01: World's Most Daring Movies (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment.
De wereld draait door: Episode #4.112 (2009) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Not Again: Not the Nine O'Clock News (2009) (TV Movie)
excerpts shown
Videofobia: International Guerrillas (2010) (TV Episode)
clips shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The A-Team/The Karate Kid/Winter's Bone (2010) (TV Episode)
Russell Brand's #3 Favorite Film
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.27 (2010) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.54 (2010) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
The Unforgettable Spike Milligan (2010) (TV Movie)
excerpts shown
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.119 (2011) (TV Episode)
The "you're all individuals" fragment is shown.
De wereld draait door: Episode #6.170 (2011) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
Bum Reviews: Pirates of the Caribbean 4 (2011) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Nostalgia Critic: Milk Money (2011) (TV Episode)
clip of Eric Idle saying "Oh, if it's not a personal question..."
Nostalgia Critic: Cop and 1/2 (2011) (TV Episode)
clip of the guys on crosses
George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011)
A clip from the movie is shown.
Nostalgia Critic: Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows (2011) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Nostalgia Critic: Star Trek: Generations (2012) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Hagan Reviews: Gayniggers from Outer Space (2012) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Nostalgia Critic: Ri¢hie Ri¢h (2012) (TV Episode)
Nativity theme was played.
De wereld draait door: Episode #8.29 (2012) (TV Episode)
A fragment featuring Eric Idle and Michael Palin is shown.
Are You Having a Laugh? Comedy and Christianity (2013) (TV Movie)
The presenter watches the controversial film for the first time and hears from the director
De wereld draait door: Episode dated 10 May 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
WatchMojo: Yet Another Top 10 Hilarious Movie Deaths (2013) (TV Episode)
Stoning is #8.
Nostalgia Critic: The Last Airbender (2013) (TV Episode)
"Hell, Biggus Dickus is more intimidating than him."
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 British Films (2013) (TV Episode)
De wereld draait door: Episode dated 4 December 2013 (2013) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Monty Python Movie Moments (2013) (TV Episode)
Public Stoning is #8. Biggus Dickus is #7. Bright Side of Life is #4. Haggle and A Very Naughty Boy get honorable mentions.
Greatest Ever Christmas Movies (2013) (TV Movie)
Number 20 in the Countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Biblical Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Monty Python's Life of Brian is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Monty Python Songs (2014) (TV Episode)
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Banned Movies (2015) (2015) (TV Episode)
Monty Python's Life of Brian is #4.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Hilarious Slaps in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Vewy Woughly gets an honorable mention.
The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Balto 3" R&T Part 6 (2015) (TV Episode)
A clip of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" was shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Funny Movie Character Names (2015) (TV Episode)
Biggus Dickus is #4.
Nostalgia Critic: Planet of the Apes (2015) (TV Episode)
"Did these people get speaking lessons from Biggus Dickus?"
20 Moments That Rocked Comedy (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Deus Ex Machina Moments (2015) (TV Episode)
Alien Spacecraft is #3.
Laugh Out Loud: The Funniest Films Ever (2015) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
Phelous & the Movies: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (2015) (TV Episode)
some of Eric Idle's lines from this movie are given to his Rudolph character
ITV Lunchtime News: Episode dated 3 October 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
MsMojo: Top 10 Biggest Mama's Boys in Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
Brian gets an honorable mention.
History Buffs: Rome Season One (2017) (TV Episode)
clip shown
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Cult Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
Monty Python's Life of Brian is #5.
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Spoof and Satire Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Monty Python's Life of Brian is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Critically Acclaimed Controversial Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Monty Python's Life of Brian is #7.
Renegade Cut: Life of Brian: Dogma and Theology (2018) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
Behind the Curve (2018)
Clips shown.
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Controversial Comedy Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Monty Python's Life of Brian is #1.
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Most Iconic Scenes in British Cinema (2018) (TV Episode)
Musical Crucifixion is #4.
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Indie Movies You Need to See (2018) (TV Episode)
Monty Python's Life of Brian is #6.
M: Episode #2.15 (2019) (TV Episode)
A fragment featuring the song "Always look on the bright side of life"
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Avoidable Deaths in Movies (2019) (TV Episode)
The death of the High Priest is #7.


Ben-Hur (1959)
King of Kings (1961)
King of Kings' iconic poster of the movie's title built out of giant monolithic blocks was extensively spoofed by Monty Python including the opening titles and promotional posters of 'Brian'
Goldfinger (1964)
The opening music and credits are a spoof of this Bond film
I, Claudius (1976) (TV Mini-Series)
The Pontius Pilate and Biggus Dickus characters parody Claudius' speech impediment, while one of the executioners has a club foot and a stutter just as Claudius does.

Spoofed in 

Discworld II: Mortality Bytes! (1996) (Video Game)
When Rincewind (voiced by Eric Idle) gets the desert village women to stone the Suffrajester, the characters repeatedly acknowledge that they are copying the stoning scene from this, and subtitles flash up saying "GRATUITOUS PYTHON SCENE", "Apologies to Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd".
Fluffy the English Vampire Slayer (2001) (Short)
Count Von Whedon lists the things that stand in their way, echoing the "What have the Romans ever done for us?" scene.
Destroy All Humans! 2 (2006) (Video Game)
When Crypto is convincing the White Ninja Clan to join the Cult of Arkvoodle, the dialogue is almost word-for-word identical to Brian telling the crowd outside his bedroom window that they are individuals and don't have to follow anybody, right down to one of the crowd saying "I'm not."
The Seventh Python (2008)
Brian: "I'm not the Messiah!"
South Park: The Last of the Meheecans (2011) (TV Episode)
Butters wakes up naked, opens the shutters and like Brian, he is greeted by thousands of cheering followers on the streets.

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