Holy Flying Circus

Overview

In 1979, Britain's most beloved comedy troupe, Monty Python (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones) made film history when they teamed up with producer George Harrison to create the blissfully irreverent Biblical comedy The Life of Brian. Though the movie was a critical and commercial hit, it also stirred up torrents of indignation, particularly from Christian groups who found it transparently offensive. The Pythons disagreed, and even argued that the film contained ...
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Overview

In 1979, Britain's most beloved comedy troupe, Monty Python (John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones) made film history when they teamed up with producer George Harrison to create the blissfully irreverent Biblical comedy The Life of Brian. Though the movie was a critical and commercial hit, it also stirred up torrents of indignation, particularly from Christian groups who found it transparently offensive. The Pythons disagreed, and even argued that the film contained a highly religious message buried in its comedy. Things came to a boil when Cleese and Palin participated in a talk show aired by a Catholic broadcaster and featuring a Bishop from the Church of England. This 2011 docudrama travels back to the late 1970s to recreate many of the events surrounding the film's controversy, including that famous talk show appearance. It stars Steve Punt as Idle, Charles Edwards as Palin, Rufus Jones as Jones, Phil Nichol as Gilliam, Darren Boyd as Cleese and Thomas Fisher as Chapman.
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Special Features

Making of the Holy Flying Circus phonotrope (5 min.); Deleted scenes (9 min.); Outtakes (19 min.); Production stills
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • UPC: 054961887897
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Acorn Media
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Time: 3:18:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 36,427

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Darren Boyd
Charles Edwards
Charles Edwards
Rufus Jones
Technical Credits
Owen Harris Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Holy Flying Circus
1. Chapter 1 [8:34]
2. Chapter 2 [6:12]
3. Chapter 3 [5:59]
4. Chapter 4 [5:17]
5. Chapter 5 [5:15]
6. Chapter 6 [8:40]
7. Chapter 7 [7:04]
8. Chapter 8 [14:41]
9. Chapter 9 [5:58]
10. Chapter 10 [12:51]
11. Chapter 11 [7:12]
12. Chapter 12 [1:19]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Holy Flying Circus
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Subtitles - On
      Subtitles - Off
   Extras
      Deleted Scenes
         Michael Palin's Diary
         The Two Yorkshiremen
         Dick and Balls Get Worked Up
      Outtakes
      The Making of the Holy Flying Circus Phonotrope
      Production Stills
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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    Get a peek at the circus behind Life of Brian

    In 1979, Monty Python released the movie Life of Brian, a humorous look at the exploits of a man who was born on the same day as Jesus. Mistaken for Jesus by the three Wise Men, Brian had quite an interesting life. When the film debuted, it was met with wide criticism, particularly from religious groups. Holy Flying Circus is a docudrama that retells the events surrounding the movie’s controversial history. While Life of Brian was a financial success (it was the fourth highest grossing film in the UK that year), close to 40 groups in the UK banned it or gave it an X rating. It was even banned in a few countries such as Ireland, and as such things usually do, this worked wonders for the marketing of the movie. The controversy eventually led to John Cleese and Michael Palin appearing on a BBC2 show, Friday Night, Saturday Morning, debating Mervyn Stockwood, the Bishop of Southwark and journalist Malcolm Muggeridge about the merits of the movie. Played by a cast of characters who look remarkably like the original group (particularly Darren Boyd playing John Cleese and Charles Edwards in the role of Michael Palin), Holy Flying Circus imagines what it was like behind the scenes as the actors dealt with the fallout from their newest movie. It begins with the movie’s release and follows through to the infamous debate with Muggeridge and Stockwood. No retelling of this story would be complete without poking “Pythonesque” fun at the various people and events. With whimsical dream sequences, men in drag (Palin’s wife is a standout in this area), animation, and even brief guest appearances by God and Jesus, the viewer can easily fall into the world of Monty Python. After a quick and funny start, the movie dragged a bit towards the middle. Fortunately, it picked up again as the debate approached. There are plenty of laughs here for true fans of Monty Python (Cleese’s “silly walk” gag even makes it on screen) and there’s no doubt by the end of the movie that the gang from Monty Python are the clear winners. Quill says: If you love Monty Python, you should check out this DVD and get a peek at the absurdity surrounding the release of Life of Brian.

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