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Terry Jones, Monty Python Cast | Rating: R (MPAA)
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Monty Python delivers a scathing, anarchic satire of both religion and Hollywood's depiction of all things biblical with their second--and tightest--full-length film. The setting is the Holy Land in 33 A.D., a time of poverty and chaos, with no shortage of messiahs, followers willing to believe in them, and exasperated Romans trying to impose some order. At the center of it all is Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances that parallel the life of Christ--providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble (John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Chapman) to shine in multiple roles as they blaspheme and mock everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate, and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions, and crucifixion.Directed by Python Terry Jones, MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN is an uproarious biblical parody that does to ancient Rome what THE HOLY GRAIL did to the Middle Ages. Rome is run by pathetic wimps, liberation fronts fight with each other over acronyms, and gladiators put on bloody children's matinees as the people search desperately for someone to lead them out of their life of misery and poverty. And Brian is that man. Sort of. Well, not really. Chapman excels as Brian, a simple, quiet man suddenly thrust in the role of leading the revolution--while constantly being yelled at by his shrew of a mother.

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: United Kingdom
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • UPC: 013131067491

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Genre:Comedies
Format:DVD

Director:Terry Jones
Leading Role:Monty Python Cast
eBay Product ID: EPID3109798

Editorial reviews

"...Just when you thought that the uproarious English comedy troupe had taken bad taste as far as it could go....Bad taste of this order is rare but not yet dead..."
New York Times - Vincent Canby (08/17/1979)

"...Always hilarious..."
Total Film - Daniel Webb (07/01/2003)

"Its free-form humor and fearless blasphemy still intact and as potent as ever."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (04/30/2004)

4 stars out of 5 -- "This saucy, provocative satire on the sometimes ridiculous nature of religion is absolutely brilliant...the effervescent gags never grow tired."
Ultimate DVD - David Richardson (04/01/2008)

5 stars out of 5 -- "With a consistently high strike rate that puts this on a par with HOLY GRAIL as the team's best big-screen foray."
Total Film - Neil Smith (01/01/2008)

5 stars out of 5 -- "It might bear similarities to the greatest story ever told, but you'll be laughing too hard to take offense."
Empire - Kat Brown (12/01/2007)

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Created: 10/22/06

Don't Worry So Much About The Myrrh Next Time!

In Life of Brian, the Pythons take another legendary story (albeit a tad more controversial this time around) and make it their own. This is the story of Brian, played by the late Graham Chapman, who is mistaken to be the Messiah. The movie takes you on the journey of Brian's life, and all the crazy things that happen.

John Cleese is hilarious as always in his many parts of the film, and Eric Idle wants to be a girl named Loretta. Pilot is given a funny lisp which causes all of Rome to laugh at him. The scenes with Pilot were some of my favorite.

Although not quite as funny as Holy Grail, Life of Brian still keeps the Pythons at the top of their game, and has its memorable scenes. The Criterion Collection DVD also contains deleted scenes, a documentery, and offers English subtitles. If this review was helpful, please let me know by voting.

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Created: 07/07/06

The Greatest Story Ever Told ....and the Funniest

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It's hard to decide whether this or "Monty Python's Holy Grail" is their best effort. Whereas "Grail" is way more familiar to the public, "Brian" is a masterwork on another level.

Although extremely irreverent - this movie has underneath a deep spiritual message. Really. The message is that true spirituality is not reached by worshiping another - it is not reached by following self aggandizing leaders and it certainly has nothing to do with condemming those who don't agree with your religious beliefs ie: "blasphemers" (one of the funniest bits in the movie). It comes from from finding the truth within yourself.

The parellel of the absurd political groups presented (the Palestine People's Front, Peoples Liberation Front and several others constantly bickering with each other ) to todays situation in the middle east in uncanny considering this movie is close to 30 years old.

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Created: 06/21/08

Life of Brian

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By far the funniest Monty Python movie ever made, although may appeal to Brits more than Americans, due to accents. Some say that this work of art is sacreligious, but please remember that it is not making fun of Jesus, just the way that the people of that time were so very ready to follow false idols. Brian's life runs parallel to that of Christ's, but there are very few referances to him, just histerically funny scenes with Centurians, Pilot, ancient militant groups (such as the PFJ - "People's Front of Judea") and of course occasional MP cartoonisms, coutesy of Terry Gilliam. Well worth seeing this movie!!!

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Created: 05/13/10

Classic Monty Python.....Graham Chapman is at his best!

Where do I start. Im a huge fan of Python.They have a class and style about them that is unequalled. Life of Bryan is a a incredible blend of in your face comedy that Monty Python is known for and at the same time poking fun not at religion but at the the way people will follow just about anyone or anything without giving it a second thought. Lots of folks thing that they were making fun of Jesus and Christianity as a whole but if you pay attention you will see that they arent.Watch and pay attention, youll laugh and at times it will prompt serious thought.I love this movie, if your a fan of Money Python and or brittish comedy you will love it too. Just remember,dont take it personal,it is not ment to be taken that way.There is a genuine message mixed in there with the irreverant comedy and I think its a good one at that.

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Created: 07/10/08

Monty Python's Life of Brian

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If you are a Monty Python fan, then this is the movie for you. I remember seeing "Life of Brian" for the first time back in the 1980's. The comedy contained in this movie is still hilarious today. "Life of Brian" contains many clever scenes that can be considered classic such as the "Pontious Pilot" scene and te "stoning" scene. Those scenes always makes me laugh so hard that I actually cry -- no matter how many times I've seen theme! I must say that this is a good movie but it has a rather disappointing ending, otherwise, I highly recommend it.

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