Parents Guide. Released on 8 November in the UK,  the film was the fourth highest-grossing film in Britain in Taglines: He who laughs twice laughs loudest. Section 3, p. Written by garykmcd. It was the seventh highest ranking comedy on this list four of the better placed efforts were classic Ealing Films.
Jurassic Park Action Adventure Sci-Fi. Die Hard Action Thriller. Stand by Me Adventure Drama. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Graham Chapman Gregory Carol Cleveland Gregory Kenneth Colley Jesus Neil Innes Big Nose Sue Jones-Davies Edit Storyline The story of Brian of Nazareth, born on the same day as Jesus of Nazareth, who takes a different path in life that leads to the same conclusion.
Taglines: He who laughs twice laughs loudest. Genres: Comedy. Edit Details Country: UK. Language: English Latin. Runtime: 94 min. Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo. Color: Color Eastmancolor. Edit Did You Know? Trivia Norway banned the film for one year for blasphemy, then gave it an '18' rating and included a warning from the censors at the beginning. It has been marketed in Sweden as "The film that is so funny that it was banned in Norway!
Torbay Council, Devon, refused to show the film until September Aberystwyth, Wales, lifted its local ban in after cast member Sue Jones-Davies was elected mayor. Goofs When Brian's mother buys rocks for the stoning, the boom mic is visible at the top of the screen, swinging from side to side.
Quotes [ first lines ] Wise Man 1 : Ahem! Brian's mother : Oh! Wise Man 2 : We are three wise men. Brian's mother : What? Wise Man 1 : We are three wise men. Brian's mother : Well, what are you doing creeping around a cow shed at two o'clock in the morning? That doesn't sound very wise to me. Crazy Credits Shot on location In Tunisia. If only it were! One might find it easier to keep from nodding off. Over time, Life of Brian has regularly been cited as a significant contender for the title "greatest comedy film of all time", and has been named as such in polls conducted by Total Film magazine in ,  the British TV network Channel 4 where it topped the poll in the 50 Greatest Comedy Films ,  and The Guardian newspaper in A poll by Time Out magazine ranked it as the third greatest comedy film ever made, behind Airplane!
It was the seventh highest ranking comedy on this list four of the better placed efforts were classic Ealing Films. Various polls have voted the line, "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy! In his view, "As a satire on religion, this film might well be considered a rather slight production. As blasphemy it was, even in its original version, extremely mild. Yet the film was surrounded from its inception by intense anxiety, in some quarters of the Establishment, about the offence it might cause.
As a result it gained a certificate for general release only after some cuts had been made. Once again a blasphemy was restrained — or its circulation effectively curtailed — not by the force of law but by the internalisation of this law. A member of Harrogate council , one of those that banned the film, revealed during a television interview that the council had not seen the film, and had based their opinion on what they had been told by the Nationwide Festival of Light , a grouping with an evangelical Christian base, of which they knew nothing.
In New York the film's release in the US preceded British distribution , screenings were picketed by both rabbis and nuns "Nuns with banners! In the UK, Mary Whitehouse , and other traditionalist Christians, pamphleteered and picketed locations where the local cinema was screening the film, a campaign that was felt to have boosted publicity.
One of the most controversial scenes was the film's ending: Brian's crucifixion. Many Christian protesters said that it was mocking Jesus' suffering by turning it into a "Jolly Boys Outing" such as when Mr Cheeky turns to Brian and says: "See, not so bad once you're up!
This is also reinforced by the fact that several characters throughout the film claim crucifixion is not as bad as it seems, such as when Brian asks his cellmate in prison what will happen to him, and he replies: "Oh, you'll probably get away with crucifixion", and when Matthias, the old man who works with the PFJ, dismisses crucifixion as "a doddle" and says being stabbed would be worse.
The director, Terry Jones, issued the following riposte to this criticism: "Any religion that makes a form of torture into an icon that they worship seems to me a pretty sick sort of religion quite honestly.
Muggeridge and the Bishop, it was later claimed, had arrived 15 minutes late to see a screening of the picture prior to the debate, missing the establishing scenes demonstrating that Brian and Jesus were two different characters, and hence contended that it was a send-up of Christ himself. They also expressed disappointment in Muggeridge, whom all in Python had previously respected as a satirist he had recently converted to Christianity after meeting Mother Teresa and experiencing what he described as a miracle.
Cleese expressed that his reputation had "plummeted" in his eyes, while Palin commented, "He was just being Muggeridge, preferring to have a very strong contrary opinion as opposed to none at all.
He added: "I think the sad thing was that there was absolutely no attempt at a proper discussion — no attempt to find any common ground. The Pythons unanimously deny that they were ever out to destroy people's faith. On the DVD audio commentary , they contend that the film is heretical because it lampoons the practices of modern organised religion, but that it does not blasphemously lampoon the God that Christians and Jews worship.
When Jesus does appear in the film on the Mount, speaking the Beatitudes , he is played straight by actor Kenneth Colley and portrayed with respect. The music and lighting make it clear that there is a genuine aura around him. The comedy begins when members of the crowd mishear his statements of peace, love and tolerance "I think he said, 'blessed are the cheese makers'".
James Crossley, however, has argued that the film makes the distinction between Jesus and the character of Brian to make a contrast between the traditional Christ of both faith and cinema and the historical figure of Jesus in critical scholarship and how critical scholars have argued that ideas later got attributed to Jesus by his followers. Crossley points out that the film uses a number of potentially controversial scholarly theories about Jesus but now with reference to Brian, such as the Messianic Secret , the Jewishness of Jesus, Jesus the revolutionary, and having a single mother.
Not all the Pythons agree on the definition of the movie's tone. There was a brief exchange that occurred when the surviving members reunited in Aspen, Colorado, in It's making fun of the way that people misunderstand the teaching.
It's attacking the Church! And that has to be heretical. It's about people who cannot agree with each other. It is heretical, because it touches on dogma and the interpretation of belief, rather than belief itself. The film continues to cause controversy; in February , the Church of St Thomas the Martyr in Newcastle upon Tyne held a public screening in the church itself, with song-sheets, organ accompaniment, stewards in costume and false beards for female members of the audience alluding to an early scene where a group of women disguise themselves as men so that they are able to take part in a stoning.
Although the screening was a sell-out, some Christian groups, notably the conservative Christian Voice , were highly critical of the decision to allow the screening to go ahead. Stephen Green , the head of Christian Voice, insisted that "You don't promote Christ to the community by taking the mick out of him. Some bans continued into the 21st century.
The film pokes fun at revolutionary groups and s British left-wing politics. According to Roger Wilmut, "What the film does do is place modern stereotypes in a historical setting, which enables it to indulge in a number of sharp digs, particularly at trade unionists and guerilla organisations".
The People's Front of Judea, composed of the Pythons' characters, harangue their "rivals" with cries of "splitters" and stand vehemently opposed to the Judean People's Front, the Campaign for a Free Galilee , and the Judean Popular People's Front the last composed of a single old man,  mocking the size of real revolutionary Trotskyist factions.
The infighting among revolutionary organisations is demonstrated most dramatically when the PFJ attempts to kidnap Pontius Pilate's wife, but encounters agents of the Campaign for a Free Galilee, and the two factions begin a violent brawl over which of them conceived of the plan first.
When Brian exhorts them to cease their fighting to struggle "against the common enemy," the revolutionaries stop and cry in unison, "the Judean People's Front! Other scenes have the freedom fighters wasting time in debate, with one of the debated items being that they should not waste their time debating so much. There is also a famous scene in which Reg gives a revolutionary speech asking, "What have the Romans ever done for us?
Python biographer George Perry notes, "The People's Liberation Front of Judea conducts its meetings as though they have been convened by a group of shop stewards ". The printing of this book also caused problems, due to rarely used laws in the United Kingdom against blasphemy, dictating what can and cannot be written about religion.
The publisher refused to print both halves of the book, and original prints were by two companies. Johnson became friendly with the Pythons during the filming of Life of Brian and his notes and memories of the behind-the-scenes filming and make-up. Not the Messiah is a spoof of Handel 's Messiah. It runs approximately 50 minutes, and was conducted at its world premiere by Toronto Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Oundjian , who is Idle's cousin.
Oundjian and Idle joined forces once again for a double performance of the oratorio in July In a Not the Nine O'Clock News sketch, a bishop who has directed a scandalous film called The Life of Christ is hauled over the coals by a representative of the "Church of Python", claiming that the film is an attack on "Our Lord, John Cleese" and on the members of Python, who, in the sketch, are the objects of Britain's true religious faith.
This was a parody of the infamous Friday Night, Saturday Morning programme, broadcast a week previously. The bishop played by Rowan Atkinson claims that the reaction to the film has surprised him, as he "didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.
The segment is used to highlight good events from the past week in listeners' lives and what has made them smile. On New Year's Day , and again on New Year's Eve, UK television station Channel 4 dedicated an entire evening to the Monty Python phenomenon, during which an hour-long documentary was broadcast called The Secret Life of Brian about the making of The Life of Brian and the controversy that was caused by its release.
The Pythons featured in the documentary and reflected upon the events that surrounded the film. This was followed by a screening of the film itself. Most recently, in June King's College London hosted an academic conference on the film, in which internationally renowned Biblical scholars and historians discussed the film and its reception, looking both at how the Pythons had made use of scholarship and texts, and how the film can be used creatively within modern scholarship on the Historical Jesus.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the boxer, see Brian Cohen boxer. Theatrical release poster. Stan: I want to be a woman. From now on I want you all to call me Loretta. Reg: What!? Monty Python's Life of Brian is the second soundtrack album by Monty Python , released in alongside the film of the same name. It contains scenes from the film interrupted by linking sections performed by Eric Idle and Graham Chapman , who also acted as producers following an aborted attempt at a soundtrack album by Michael Palin.
In common with the controversy surrounding the film, the album was banned in Ireland after Father Brian D'Arcy highlighted how it had worked its way through a loophole in the country's censorship laws, claiming "Anybody who buys the record and finds it funny must have something wrong with their mentality". In a special edition CD added six bonus tracks comprising outtakes, demos and publicity material to the end of the album.
Add to Wishlist. Listen to this album and millions more. First month free. Monty Python's Life of Brian is the second soundtrack album by Monty Python, released in alongside the film of the same name. It contains scenes from the film interrupted by linking sections performed by Eric Idle and Graham Chapman, who also acted as producers following an aborted attempt at a soundtrack album by Michael Palin.
The album opens with a brief rendition of "Hava Nagila" on Scottish bagpipes, which had earlier been considered for use in a scene later cut from the film. In common with the controversy surrounding the film, the album was banned in Ireland after Father Brian D'Arcy highlighted how it had worked its way through a loophole in the country's censorship laws, claiming "Anybody who buys the record and finds it funny must have something wrong with their mentality".
Nevertheless, the album reached No. In a special edition CD added six bonus tracks comprising outtakes, demos and publicity material to the end of the album. Reviews Review Policy. Flag as inappropriate. See more.