Life of Brian (1979)
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|The Gospel according to Monty Python: In Judea, a boy is born in a manger a short distance from, and about the same time, as Jesus Christ. Three wise men from the East are for a time deceived by this proximity into believing that he is the promised Messiah, but it soon becomes apparent that he is, in fact, only a hapless peasant named Brian. However, the Life of Brian causes plenty of commotion for the Roman Empire and leaves him desperate to escape his burgeoning popularity.|
"As far as a coherent, hilarious story line, as well as sheer blasphemous glee, you can't do much better than "Life of Brian." Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian
"Astringently funny masterpiece. Robert Abele, L.A. Weekly
"Probably the group's most daring, controversial venture. VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
"A non-stop orgy of assaults, not on anyone's virtue, but on the funny bone. Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Editor's NoteMonty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second--and tightest--full-length film. The setting is the Holy Land in 33 A.D., a time of poverty and chaos, with no shortage of messiahs, followers willing to believe in them, and exasperated Romans trying to impose some order. At the center of it all is Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances that parallel the life of Christ--providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Chapman) to shine in multiple roles as they blaspheme and mock everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate, and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions, and crucifixion.Directed by Python Terry Jones, MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN is an uproarious biblical parody that does to ancient Rome what THE HOLY GRAIL did to the Middle Ages. Rome is run by pathetic wimps, liberation fronts fight with each other over acronyms, and gladiators put on bloody children's matinees as the people search desperately for someone to lead them out of their life of misery and poverty. And Brian is that man. Sort of. Well, not really. Chapman excels as Brian, a simple, quiet man suddenly thrust in the role of leading the revolution--while constantly being yelled at by his shrew of a mother.
Cast & Crew
|Geoffrey Burgon - Original Music By|
|George Harrison - Executive Producer|
|Graham Chapman, et. al. - Writer|
|Julian Doyle - Editor|
|Peter Biziou - Cinematographer|
|Roger Christian - Art Director|
|Terry Gilliam - Production Designer|
|Terry Jones - Director|
|Tim Hampton - Producer|
Plot SummaryMonty Python's comic take on the New Testament tells the tale of Brian Cohen, a highly unlikely candidate for messiah-hood who has the miserable luck of always being in the wrong place at the right time. Born in Nazareth, baby Brian is mistakenly visited by the Three Wise Men, who were actually looking for a different infant--the one born down the street in the glowing manger. Brian leads a fairly normal life while growing up: He works as a vendor at the local coliseum, gets involved in terrorist activities, and paints anti-Roman slogans around town, but he soon finds his life changed forever when he is abducted by aliens and taken on an excursion through the cosmos. Upon his return, a group of locals decide that he's the messiah and begin worshiping him--but he wants them to start the revolution without him.
|"What is myrrh? It sounds like some kind of animal to me. Something with horns..."----Mandy (Terry Jones), Brian's mum|
|"What was that?----Gregory (Terence Bayler) |"I don't know. I was too busy talking to Bignose."----Cheeky (Eric Idle) |"I think it was 'Blessed are the cheesemakers.'"----crowd member |"Ah, what's so special about the cheesemakers?"----Mrs. Gregory (Carol Cleveland) |"Well, obviously, it's not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products."----Gregory|
|"Hear that? 'Blessed are the Greek.'"----Spork |"The Greek?"----Gregory|
|"If you want to join the People's Front of Judea, you have to really hate the Romans."----Reg (John Cleese) to Brian (Graham Chapman)|"I do!"----Brian |"Oh yeah, how much?"----Reg|"A lot!"----Brian|"Right...you're in."----Reg|
|"I'm Brian!"----Brian (of course, you silly person)|
|"He's not the Messiah! He's a very naughty boy!"----Mandy speaking to a crowd about Brian|
|"You are all individuals!"----Brian to a huge crowd of his followers|"We are all individuals!"----the crowd|
|"Apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health...what have the Romans ever done for us?"----Reg (John Cleese) to others in the People's Front of Judea (not to be confused with the Judean People's Front)|