Monty Python's Life of Brian

New today Trivia: Shots of people walking towards the Mount near the beginning of this film were unplanned; filming was late in the afternoon, when Tunisian extras were leaving.

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.

Trivia: The film was initially banned in Norway, for fear that it might offend some people's religious sensibilities. In neighboring Sweden, it was billed as "The film so funny it was banned in Norway"

Trivia: When Brian wakes up after spending the night with the girl he walks down and finds loads of his followers in a cellar. He gets introduced to a guy with a deep Liverpool accent with a big bushy beard who says "'ello." This man is the late George Harrison. (01:08:45)

Trivia: Eric Idle originally recorded the song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" in his normal singing voice. After deciding this was not quite right, he re-recorded it with a Cockney accent. This version, the one that can now be heard in the film, was recorded in a hotel room with mattresses pushed up against the walls.

Trivia: Just something to look for: when Michael Palin as the ex-leper is hopping away after finishing his conversation with Brian, you can see he very narrowly avoids prancing right through a pile of manure (which he didn't know was there).

Trivia: This movie remained banned in the Irish republic until the year 2000. A town in south Wales famously banned it at the time even though there was no local cinema.

Trivia: The legendary tv debate over this classic film was wonderfully parodied by the cast of Not the Nine O'clock News, where the roles were reversed. Clerics made a film lampooning the comic messiah, our Lord John Cleese. Really funny and brilliantly scripted.

Trivia: In the scene where the gang of people is following Brian after his speech on the stage, one of them falls behind and says "let us... let us pray." This man is the late, great comedian Spike Milligan. (00:57:15)

Trivia: When Pilate is offering to "welease a pwisoner" the crowd mock him and are rolling about laughing while naming names with the letter "r" in. The actual scene of the crowd rolling around laughing were extras copying what Terry Jones was doing up on a stage. The scene was a "2nd try" The 1st try of the crowd copying Terry was apparently much better but the camera wasn't rolling.


Trivia: Graham Chapman (Brian) also played the role of doctor for all the cast, who, being on location in Tunisia, often had a bit of an upset tummy.

Gary O'Reilly

Trivia: Despite persistent rumors, the movie was never intended to have the title "Jesus Christ's Lust For Glory". The true story is that during production of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), the Python's became increasingly irritated by the press always asking the same questions, such as "What will your next project be?" One day, Eric Idle flippantly answered, "Jesus Christ's Lust For Glory". Having discovered that this answer quickly shut up the reporters, the group adopted it as their stock answer. After production completed, they did some serious thinking about it, and realized that while satirizing Christ himself was out of the question, they could create a parody of first-century life. An early idea for a scene involved Jesus, a skilled carpenter frustrated by being crucified on a poorly built cross.

Trivia: Sue Jones-Davies, who played Brian's girlfriend Judith Iscariot in the movie, is now Mayor of Aberystwyth, where the Life of Brian is still banned under a local bylaw.

Jeff Walker

Trivia: Only this week in July 2009 has a Scottish town lifted the 30 year ban on this classic. An '18 certificate' was issued just to be safe.

Trivia: Six cast members played forty characters.


Trivia: According to John Cleese, George Harrison put in a good amount of money just because he "wanted to see the film."


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)

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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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