Life of Brian

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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 ...
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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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"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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • UPC: 043396225947
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Graham Chapman Brian Called Brian, 1st Wise Man
Terry Jones Mandy, Bob Hoskins, Colin, Passerby, Simon
Michael Palin Wise Man, Big Nose, Francis, Pontius Pilate
John Cleese Wise Man, Centurion, Official
Eric Idle Stan, Loretta, Mr. Cheeky
Terry Gilliam Person, Jailer, Prophet, Masked, Revolutionary
Kenneth Colley Jesus Christ
Spike Milligan Spike
George Harrison Mr. Papadopoulis
Gwen Taylor Woman with Sick Donkey, Mrs. Big Nose, Young Girl
Terence Bayler Revolutionary/Masked Commando
Peter Brett
Carol Cleveland Elsie, Mrs. Gregory
Neil Innes Samaritan at the Forum
Susan Jones Judith
Charles Knode Passer-By
Chris Langham Alfonso, Commando, Guard, Revolutionary
Andrew Maclachlan Commando, Guard, Helper, Revolutionary
Bernard McKenna Centurion, Official Stoner's Helper
Charles McKeown Commando, Guard, Man, Revolutionary, Stig
John Young Stonee
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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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A satirical look at religion

    The British comedy troupe Monty Python offended the pompous and pious with this stinging, satirical look at religion and how, desperate to believe in a higher power, people are willing to be blindly indoctrinated by anyone who claims to have all the answers. A great stocking stuffer for the iconoclast in your family!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Hilarious Movie

    The Monty Python boys have always been known to satirize anything and everything, and ''Life of Brian'' is a great parody of Jesus Christ. Graham Chapman plays Brian, the pauper-turned-savior main character, whom everyone follows without question or hesitation. It's a great movie for any Monty Python fan or anyone who enjoys a laugh now and then.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Political vs Religious

    It is amusing how many people totally miss the multiple layers of satire employed by the Python's in Brian. The fact is that the overt parody of Jesus the person is actually quite mild. The real TARGET is the political, social and religious society of the late 20th century. It is a still VERY relevant today. My favorite part remains the bit when the zealots are ranting about Roman oppression ( What have the Romans ever done for us...) yet concede they could not do without all the real benefits the Romans gave their society ( roads, safety, peace). Favorite line... I say he is the Savior and I should know... I have a followed a few! The Python's force us to laugh at ourselves, my bet is that the Big Guy upstairs got the joke too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dear Pinky and the Brain

    It's a good thing YOUR not stupid. I'm glad you shared YOU'RE enlightened opinion with us all. If you think about the spaceship joke you might realize that it was really playing on narrative unity and expectations, and so it wasn't just an immature prank. The Life of Brian remains one of the greatest comedies of cinema history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Life Of Brain lands laughs of Biblical Proportions

    In the thrid of the films done by the infamous Monty Pyhton troupe, The others being "And Now For Something Completely Different" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", they take the subject of religon. Well, not so much religon as the story of Christ. The film follows the story of Brain. A man born the same night and place as Jesus. And, with that little problem, he is constantly being mistaken for the messiah, and gets himself into a bit of a bind with the Romans. Said by John Cleese to be one of the best things the Pythons have ever done, it is a must have for any collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie if your stupid!

    Fails in comparison to the Holy Grail. Minimal laughs but good plot to it. The jokes were childish and the part with the space ship was LAME AND STUPID. Not recremended for audiences over the age of 2 or if you have heart failure.

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