Life of Brian

Life of Brian

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Cast: Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, John Cleese

     
 

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On a midnight clear 2,000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian...and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a messiah -- yet he's always in the shadow of this other guy from Galilee. Brian is… See more details below

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On a midnight clear 2,000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian...and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a messiah -- yet he's always in the shadow of this other guy from Galilee. Brian is witness to the Sermon of the Mount, but his seat is in such a bad location that he can't hear any of it ("Blessed are the cheesemakers?"). Ultimately, he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion, which takes place at that crowded, nonexclusive execution site a few blocks shy of Calvary. Rather than utter the Last Six Words, Brian leads his fellow crucifixees in a spirited rendition of a British music-hall cheer-up song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The whole Monty Python gang (Chapman, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam) are on hand in multiple roles, playing such sacred characters as Stan Called Loretta, Biggus Dickus, Deadly Dirk, Casts the First Stone, and Intensely Dull Youth; also showing up are Goon Show veteran Spike Milligan and a Liverpool musician named George Harrison.

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Blissfully sacrilegious and completely irreverent, The Life of Brian was banned in a number of places upon its initial release. Any film that featured a messiah telling his followers to "f*ck off" and a musical interlude staged at a mass crucifixion was bound to seem objectionable to more than a few people. For those familiar with Monty Python's dependably absurd, subversive brand of humor, however, the film was an almost instant classic, the best of the four theatrically released Python excursions. Featuring some of the more memorable Python characters -- Biggus Dickus, Mr. Big Nose, Brian himself -- and scenarios -- a lesson in proper graffiti grammar, surprise alien abduction, and, of course, the crucifixion scene -- it is an intoxicating celebration of the bizarre, outlandish, and unthinkable. Or, simply put, it is Monty Python at their ridiculous best.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
UPC:
0043396225947
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

"The Story of Brian" from Monty Python; An original illustrated 110 minute recording by the pythons of their early screenplay in progress; Commentary by Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle & Terry Jones; Commentary by John Cleese & Michael Palin; Original radio ads by Mrs. Cleese, Mrs. Idle, Mrs. Gilliam & Michael Palin's dentist; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Graham Chapman Brian Called Brian,1st Wise Man
Terry Jones Mandy,Colin,Simon,Bob Hoskins,Passerby
Michael Palin Wise Man,Big Nose,Francis,Pontius Pilate
John Cleese Wise Man,Official,Centurion
Eric Idle Stan,Mr. Cheeky,Loretta
Terry Gilliam Person,Revolutionary,Masked,Jailer, Prophet
Kenneth Colley Jesus Christ
Spike Milligan Spike
George Harrison Mr. Papadopoulis
Gwen Taylor Woman with Sick Donkey,Young Girl,Mrs. Big Nose
Terence Bayler Revolutionary/Masked Commando
Carol Cleveland Elsie,Mrs. Gregory
Neil Innes Samaritan at the Forum
Susan Jones Judith
Charles Knode Passer-By
Chris Langham Revolutionary,Commando,Guard,Alfonso
Andrew Maclachlan Revolutionary,Commando,Guard,Helper
Bernard McKenna Official Stoner's Helper,Centurion
Charles McKeown Revolutionary,Commando,Stig,Guard,Man
John Young Stonee
Peter Brett Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Jones Director,Screenwriter
John Beard Art Director
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Geoffrey Burgon Score Composer
Graham Chapman Screenwriter
Roger Christian Art Director
John Cleese Screenwriter
Julian Doyle Editor
Terry Gilliam Animator,Screenwriter
John Goldstone Producer
Tim Hampton Associate Producer
George Harrison Executive Producer
Eric Idle Score Composer,Screenwriter
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Garth Marshall Sound/Sound Designer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Palin Screenwriter
Hazel Pethig Costumes/Costume Designer
John Stanier Camera Operator

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