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The Life of Brian Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 8, 1979

Cast

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

Crew

Terry Jones
Director
John Goldstone
Producer
Terry Jones
Screenwriter
Eric Idle
Screenwriter
Terry Gilliam
Screenwriter
Graham Chapman
Screenwriter
John Cleese
Screenwriter
Michael Palin
Screenwriter
Peter Biziou
Cinematographer
Eric Idle
Composer (Music Score)
Geoffrey Burgon
Composer (Music Score)
Julian Doyle
Editor
Roger Christian
Art Director
John Beard
Art Director
Tim Hampton
Associate Producer
George Harrison
Executive Producer
Denis O'Brien
Executive Producer
Charles Knode
Costume Designer
Hazel Pethig
Costume Designer
Garth Marshall
Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Gilliam
Animator
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