Monty Python's Life of Brian

Published March 23, 2010

Monty Python's Life of Brian

Film info

  • Title Monty Python's Life of Brian
  • Director Terry Jones
  • Year 1979
  • Run time 1hr 34m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline He wasn't the Messiah, he was a very naughty boy

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 mistake 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.

Live Blog

Time Comment
0:39 At least this one doesn’t start with a clip clopping pretend horse. Could never get past that.
2:44 I like that the man is clearly a woman but not really pretending to be in any way other than the voice.
3:51 It must have killed his throat doing that voice.
6:11 The opening credits are weird, no doubt, but a great way of passing time between baby and man.
11:31 What use is a packet of gravel?
15:27 He’s not happy about being an ex-leper. It reminds me of The Incredibles: “I didn’t ask to be saved.”
18:48 Dromedary pretzels! I wonder what they would be like in chocolate.
25:43 If they taught languages at knife point, it would probably be a lot quicker to learn!
29:47 Putting a sheet over yourself is a genius way to hide.
39:29 It’s funny to pick him up specifically to throw him to the floor again.
40:58 John Cleese looks odd in the Roman getup. I think it’s because he has long legs.
41:47 You can so see Mr Palin trying not to laugh.
43:46 Woah. It turned into Star Wars.
46:44 I would haggle like that too.
50:21 For a film that reuses the same actors for the main parts, I feel like there are a lot of extras.
53:25 It would be awesome if people engaged in heckling the people who shout in the streets.
55:35 What’s a gourd?
56:46 I’m not a fan of the idea of wearing only one shoe.
1:01:41 I so don’t need to see a naked beardy man prancing about a juniper bush. What on earth is a juniper?
1:03:30 What is up with the nakedness?
1:07:48 She’s still holding onto that gourd thing.
1:10:40 140 crucifixions. Nice round number. Pre-dates Twitter as well.
1:19:13 It’s good for leaders to make their subject laugh but… not in that way.
1:20:08 He’s upside down again!
1:24:04 They’re all tied up. I thought they nailed them to the cross.
1:29:38 Wasn’t that guy just taken down pretending to be Brian? There he is again.
1:32:25 “Incidentally, this record’s available in the foyer.”


Everyone loves this, right? Mr C has always sung the praises of it, and I seemed to miss the boat. I’ve seen it once, under duress, but going into it with a more open mind this time could only be a good thing.

So, yes, I have to admit it, the film is actually quite good. I’m still not 100% convinced on the whole Monty Python thing, but a couple of times I laughed out loud during this, and I can’t deny it. At least now I get some of the jokes that everyone talks about.

Rating: 5 / 5

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