Factual error: There were no gourds in Ancient Judea, of that type. The 'gourd' mentioned in the Bible refers to a colocynth plant, which yields only a small fruit, 5 - 10cm diameter. The gourd in the film is from a pumpkin, and not from a watermelon, as others have suggested. Pumpkins originated in the Americas, and there weren't any in the rest of the world before Columbus.
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)
Jewish Crowd: Hail the Messiah!
Brian's Mother: He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!
Question: When Brian is about to be crucified, soldiers arrive with news of his release. The soldiers ask for Brian, and everybody shouts "I'm Brian." Is this a parody of the "I'm Spartacus" episode in the Kirk Douglas/Stanley Kubrick film of "Spartacus"? If so, would this support my feeling that Life Of Brian is primarily a parody of classical/biblical 'epic' films?
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