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Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)



Critic Consensus: One of the more cutting=edge films of the 1970s, this religious farce from the classic comedy troupe is as poignant as it is funny and satirical.

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Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe them. At it's center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view.more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 30, 1999
Box Office: $0.4M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

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Graham Chapman
as 1st Wise Man, Brian ...
Terry Jones
as Bob Hoskins, Colin, ...
Michael Palin
as Big Nose, Francis, P...
John Cleese
as Centurion, Official,...
Eric Idle
as Loretta, Mr. Cheeky,...
Terry Gilliam
as Jailer Prophet, Mask...
Kenneth Colley
as Jesus Christ
George Harrison
as Mr. Papadopoulis
Gwen Taylor
as Mrs. Big Nose, Woman...
Terence Bayler
as Revolutionary/Masked...
Carol Cleveland
as Elsie, Mrs. Gregory
Neil Innes
as Samaritan at the For...
Charles Knode
as Passer-By
Chris Langham
as Alfonso, Commando, G...
Andrew MacLachlan
as Commando, Guard, Hel...
Bernard McKenna
as Centurion, Official ...
Charles McKeown
as Commando, Guard, Man...
John Young
as Stonee
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Critic Reviews for Monty Python's Life of Brian

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (15)

I've always considered it the group's nadir; it seems toothlessly silly.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Just as wacky and imaginative as their earlier film outings.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Top Critic

Python successfully lampoon religious attitudes rather than religion itself.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Bad taste of this order is rare but not yet dead.

May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The Pythons are enlightened jesters, whose scorn is reserved for those who persist in walking in darkness.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
Top Critic

Funny, in that peculiar British way where jokes are told sideways, with the obvious point and then the delayed zinger.

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Monty Python's Life of Brian


Partly a riff on the mythos of one little known desert prophet, and part riff on the multitude of film about said prophet, it has the feel of the class clown arguing with the homeroom teacher, and nearly is as Biblical. But mainly its just silly.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Life of Brian is a very funny film from Monty Python. I've seen all their films, and each are special in their own way. With this one, they really pulled off something highly entertaining and hilarious. Everyone one here brings something truly memorable to the screen, and with its plot, is a fine parody that generates lots of laughs. The film has plenty of great moments that really stand out. Monty Python are terrific comedians, and they deliver a film that is very funny from start to finish. If you loved every other film that Monty Python picture, you're sure to enjoy this one. I thought that this film was well crafted and definitely delivered on its ideas. The film is a comedy classic, and it's one of those films that any film fan should watch. Monty Python always had that eccentric touch to their humor and they pull off another great movie with Life of Brian. If you this sort of humor, you're sure to enjoy this comedy, and it is a highly memorable picture that is lots of fun due to a well written script, hilarious dialogue and top-notch performances from the troupe. Life of Brian ranks there as one of the finest comedies ever made. The humor is intelligent, hilarious and unforgettable. I think that this is one of those genre films that is much better than most comedies nowadays because this had better humor, while today's comedies tend to be pretty bland in terms of jokes. If you're looking for a film that has some very good jokes, and then check this film out, one of Monty Python's best. Life of Brian succeeds where many other comedies fail, this is a comedy classic that delivers the laughs and boasts a great story as well. Where can you go wrong?

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


It's not just a incredible satire to the fanatic religious people, but a masterpiece of the british cinema and comedy. Life of Brian is poignant, contoversial and entertaining "biblical" comedy and, of course an obligatory film to Monty Pyhton fans and English humor.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Monty Python's Life of Brian Quotes

Pontius Pilate: Wait until Biggus Dickus hears of this!
– Submitted by Roy S (3 years ago)
Mrs. Gregory: Oh! It's blessed are the meek! I'm glad they're getting something, they had a hell of a time...
– Submitted by Hannah N (3 years ago)
Brian Called Brian: Hello, Mother.
Mandy: Don't you 'hello mother' me! What're all those people doing out there? C'mon, what've you been up to, my lad?
Brian Called Brian: I think they must've popped by, or something.
Mandy: Popped by? Swarmed by, more like! There's a multitude out there!
– Submitted by Typhon Q (3 years ago)
Person: I think it was 'Blessed are the cheesemakers.'
Mrs. Gregory: What's so special about the cheesemakers?
Man: Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (3 years ago)

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