Life of Brian

Life of Brian (1979)

He's not the messiah...he's just a naughty boy.

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 1979-08-17
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 4246 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 34min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Handmade Films
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Terry Jones
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Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.

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  • Graham Chapman

    as Wise Man #2 / Brian Cohen / Biggus Dickus
  • John Cleese

    as Wise Man #1 / Reg / Jewish Official / First Centurion / Deadly Dirk / Arthur
  • Terry Gilliam

    as Man Even Further Forward / Revolutionary / Jailer / Blood and Thunder Prophet / Frank / Audience Member / Crucifee
  • Eric Idle

    as Mr. Cheeky / Stan 'Loretta' / Harry the Haggler / Culprit Woman / Warris / Intensely Dull Youth / Jailer's Assistant / Otto / Lead Singer Crucifee
  • Terry Jones

    as Mandy Cohen / Colin / Simon the Holy Man / Bob Hoskins / Saintly Passer-by / Alarmed Crucifixion Assistant
  • Michael Palin

    as Wise Man #3 / Mr. Big Nose / Francis / Mrs. A / Ex-Leper / Announcer / Ben / Pontius Pilate / Boring Prophet / Eddie / Shoe Follower / Nisus Wettus
  • Terence Bayler

    as Gregory
  • Carol Cleveland

    as Mrs. Gregory
  • Kenneth Colley

    as Jesus
  • Neil Innes

    as A Weedy Samaritan
  • Charles McKeown

    as False Prophet / Blind Man / Giggling Guard / Stig
  • John Young

    as Matthias, Son of Deuteronomy of Gath
  • Gwen Taylor

    as Mrs. Big Nose
  • Sue Jones-Davies

    as Judith Iscariot
  • Peter Brett

  • John Case

    as Pilate's Wife
  • Chris Langham

    as Alfonso / Giggling Guard
  • Andrew MacLachlan

    as Another Official Stoners Helper / Giggling Guard
  • Bernard McKenna

    as Parvus / Official Stoners Helper / Giggling Guard
  • Spike Milligan

    as Spike
  • George Harrison

    as Mr. Papadopolous (uncredited)
  • Charles Knode

    as Passer-by (uncredited)
Directing Terry Jones Director
Production John Goldstone Producer
Sound Geoffrey Burgon Original Music Composer
Camera Peter Biziou Director of Photography
Editing Julian Doyle Editor
Art Terry Gilliam Production Design
Art Roger Christian Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Charles Knode Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Hazel Pethig Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Kenteas Brine Makeup Artist
Sound Tony Orton Sound Effects Editor
Visual Effects Kent Houston Visual Effects
Writing Graham Chapman Screenplay
Writing John Cleese Screenplay
Writing Terry Gilliam Screenplay
Writing Eric Idle Screenplay
Writing Terry Jones Screenplay
Writing Michael Palin Screenplay
Production Tarak Ben Ammar Executive Producer
Production Tim Hampton Associate Producer
Production George Harrison Executive Producer
Production Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Art Mohammed Azounadhea Assistant Art Director
Camera John Stanier Camera Operator
Camera Sadok Ben Amor Grip
Costume & Make-Up Kenteas Brine Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Hassen Soufi Set Dressing Artist
Costume & Make-Up Ken Lintott Wigmaker
Crew Alan Annand Loader
Crew Peter Thompson Public Relations
Crew John Spottiswood Scenic Artist
Sound Garth Marshall Sound Recordist
Directing Jonathan Benson First Assistant Director
Editing Rodney Glenn First Assistant Editor
Lighting Roy Rodhouse Electrician
Production Ron Swinburne Production Accountant
Sound David Watts Dolby Consultant
Visual Effects Terry Gilliam Animation
Camera David Appleby Still Photographer
Directing Brenda Loader Continuity
Directing Melvin Lind Second Assistant Director
Directing Matthew Binns Third Assistant Director
Sound Philip Chubb Assistant Sound Engineer
Production Christina Biziou Location Assistant
Sound Marcus Dods Conductor
Production Ridha Turki Accountant
Visual Effects Bob Cuff Matte Painter
Production Hilary Sandison Producer's Assistant
Production Jennie Raglan Production Assistant
Lighting Brian Smith Electrician
Sound John Foster Sound
Costume & Make-Up Elaine Carew Makeup & Hair
Costume & Make-Up Faouzia Choura Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Faouzia Choura Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Sue Ignatius Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Sue Ignatius Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Fatma Jaziri Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Fatma Jaziri Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Diana Webber Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Diana Webber Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Maggie Weston Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Maggie Weston Makeup Artist
Directing Benamar Hamida Assistant Director
Directing Slim Mzali Assistant Director
Directing Lotfi Thabet Assistant Director