Monty Python's Life of Brian 40th Anniversary

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Synopsis

Returning to cinemas for it’s 40th Anniversary, in glorious standard definition and mono-sound, Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their 1979 feature film Life of Brian. Highly controversial upon its original release and banned in several countries, the film is now frequently ranked as the greatest comedy feature of all time by magazines and media outlets around the world. As Monty Python member Terry Gilliam says, “It rips bare and makes you laugh at the world we’ve created for ourselves.” Audiences will be able to join in the celebrations with a commemorative pack, available at cinema screenings on Thursday 18 April. Set in 33 A.D. Judea, where exasperated Romans are trying to impose some order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its centre is Brian Cohen, a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire Monty Python 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 the art of haggling, to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion.

Cast

  • Graham Chapman
  • John Cleese
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Eric Idle
  • Terry Jones
  • Michael Palin
  • Terence Bayler
  • Carol Cleveland
  • Kenneth Colley
  • Neil Innes

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The scene with Brian and the others on their crosses was recorded early in the morning, and it was very cold. John Cleese is wearing clothes, while the others are not, because he couldn't stand the cold.
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Goofs

  • A camera shadow appears on Brian the first time people chase him, thinking he's the messiah.
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Quotes

    • Reg: All right, but 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?
    • Attendee: Brought peace?
    • Reg: Oh, peace - shut up!
    • Reg: There is not one of us who would not gladly suffer death to rid this country of the Romans once and for all.
    • Dissenter: Uh, well, one.
    • Reg: Oh, yeah, yeah, there's one. But otherwise, we're solid.
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Metacritic

100

It has been said that a Monty Python movie is only successful if it offends everyone in the audience at least once. By that measuring stick as well as nearly any other, The Life of Brian is an unqualified triumph. It makes us confront our foibles and laugh at them.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
88

No God and no religion can survive ridicule, wrote Mark Twain, but for once the sage of Hannibal was wrong.

Metacritic review by Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
75

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

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times