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Not the Messiah: He's a Very Naughty Boy (2010)

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A comic oratorio inspired by Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) filmed at its only European performance at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2009 to celebrate 40 years of Monty Python.

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Aubrey Powell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Idle ... Baritonish / Stan aka Loretta / Bob Dylan / Ben
Michael Palin ... Mrs. Betty Palin / Julius Caesar / Bevis
Terry Jones ... Workingman / Mexican / Mountie
Terry Gilliam ... Not an Individual / Mexican / Mountie
Shannon Mercer Shannon Mercer ... Judith - Soprano
Rosalind Plowright Rosalind Plowright ... Mandy Cohen - Mezzo
William Ferguson William Ferguson ... Brian Cohen - Tenor
Christopher Purves Christopher Purves ... Reg / Biggus Dickus - Bass
Carol Cleveland ... Sheep Lady / Mexican / Best Girl
Neil Innes Neil Innes ... Mexican / Mountie
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Mountie
BBC Symphony Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra ... Themselves
BBC Symphony Chorus BBC Symphony Chorus ... Themselves
Andrew Haveron Andrew Haveron ... Leader of BBC Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Jackson Stephen Jackson ... Chorus Director
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Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, which retells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary of the People's Front of Judea who falls in love with Judith, gets mistaken for a Messiah and is arrested by the Romans and sentenced to be crucified. It ranges in reference from Handel, through a naughty Mozart duet, to the Festival of Nine Carols, Bob Dylan, and the classic finale "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". Written by Anonymous

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Like Handel only funnier.

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Rated PG for suggestive material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Filmed at its only European performance at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2009. See more »

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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Aching Nostalgia
9 May 2013 | by roedygSee all my reviews

This is a very nostalgic performance with all manner of subtle references to Monty Python sketches and the movie Life Of Brian.

The music is extremely varied all over the map from Handel to Mexican Mariachi band to doo wap. It is very tuneful. So often musical jokes hurt you ears. I burst out laughing over and over. They use real talented opera singers, and a large formal chorus, which made it all the funnier when they had to sing silly lines. They had the entire BBC orchestra as "the band". A lot of work went into the orchestration and the filming. The big surprise what how well Eric Idle could sing the operatic parts.

I actually cried when it was over. It was the nostalgia of Monty Python over my life, and seeing the performers now in old age, and realising this would be the big finale. Unfortunately, John Cleese did not make an appearance. That created a big emotional hole.


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