Monty Python's Life of Brian

Continuity mistake: At the end of the scene with the ex-leper you see Brian's mother open the door to their house twice; first in the background of a wide shot, then in a closer shot. (00:15:25)

Visible crew/equipment: In the last scene while Brian and the others are singing you can see a tourist walking in the background. (01:30:30)

Revealing mistake: When the blind man is telling Brian he can see again and falls down in the pit, you can see the white mattress that he lands on. (01:01:10)

Other mistake: When Brian is being chased by people who believe he is the Messiah, Brian loses a sandal. They all think it's a sign and run after him with one sandal in their hand. Thing is, when you see them, thay all have both sandals on their feet, yet most of them are holding a sandal. Where did they all get their third sandal from?


Continuity mistake: During an early scene, the People's Front of Judea are conversing while Brian is selling food. The man to the right of Reg has no tear in his shirt collar at the beginning of the scene. Once Brian approaches them his shirt collar has a significant tear that wasn't there before. (00:21:20)

Audio problem: When the leader of the Suicide Squad introduces himself and his team to Brian, we can see his original lines have been over-dubbed on the post-production. (01:27:55)

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Visible crew/equipment: After Brian had his speech and the people pursue him asking him to complete his sentence, there is a frontal shot of Brian and the people where they push a blind man to the ground. You can see the shadow of the camera man on the crowd as they are walking. (00:55:15)

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Continuity mistake: Pilate is making his guards laugh by telling them about Biggus Dickus' wife Incontinentia Buttocks. Brian crawls away, while Pilate rushes up his steps in a wide shot of the room. But then the camera cuts to a close-up of Brian, and he crawls away again.

Revealing mistake: When Brian falls from the tower and knocks the prophet, we can see Graham Chapman (Brian) is actually hanging on a bar. (00:52:15)

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Continuity mistake: In the balcony scene, the Gourd Follower woman is in the foreground in shots from the window, but long shots show only the man behind her. (01:07:00)


Visible crew/equipment: When Brian's mother tells him that his father was a Roman, you can see the shadow of the boom mic on the wall behind Brian. (00:17:20)

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Continuity mistake: At the crucifixion, the soldier says, "Let's settle this" with his arms raised. In the following shot on his front, his hands are on his hips. (01:23:35)


Continuity mistake: When Stan says he wants to be a woman at the coliseum, he is facing to his left. In the following shot, he is facing down and to the right. (00:19:25)


Visible crew/equipment: When the spaceship is being attacked, the alien bumps up a bit, and if you look closely you can see a hand under the alien.

Visible crew/equipment: You can clearly see overhead wiring during the manger scene near the beginning.

Continuity mistake: The cross carried to the crucifixion scene by the Saintly Passer-by looks nothing like the one they crucify him on. The cross bar is a narrow pole, and the upright is much smaller than the one he ends up on. They do not crucify him on a different cross - he is roughly pushed down on the flimsy prop cross he carried, then instantly is hauled upright on a sturdy one.

Continuity mistake: After Brian is caught by the alien spacecraft, his yamulka is in front of his hairline. But, once the camera pulls away to show the aliens his yamulka is placed very far back on his head. (00:43:09)

Visible crew/equipment: A man appears from behind the second to last cross in a black waistcoat/jacket and white pants, the van he came in (presumably) is there too, and appears again later in the song, only for a short few seconds though. (01:30:20)


Revealing mistake: When the centurion strikes Brian after Pilate confirms he wants him to do it, you can see the filming skip, showing that Brian wasn't actually struck.


Boring Prophet: There shall in that time be rumors of things going astray, erm, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things with the sort of raffia-work base, that has an attachment. At that time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer, and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o'clock.

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Trivia: Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate was genuinely daring his guards to laugh about Biggus Dickus' name. The people playing the soldiers were told not to laugh during the scene but were not told what Palin would be doing or saying.

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