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Monty Python's Life of Brian (Criterion Collection) (1979)

Cast: Michael Palin, Kenneth Colley, Kenneth Colley, more...
Director: Terry Jones, Terry Jones
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Rating:
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, British Comedy, Parodies, UK, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Please rent this version of the film: Life of Brian (The Immaculate Edition). This version is out of print.


On a midnight clear 2,000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant called Brian...and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian (Graham Chapman) finds himself regarded as something of a messiah -- yet he's always in the shadow of this other guy from Galilee. Brian is witness to the Sermon of the Mount, but his seat is in such a bad location that he can't hear any of it ("Blessed are the cheesemakers?"). Ultimately, he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion, which takes place at that crowded, nonexclusive execution site a few blocks shy of Calvary. Rather than utter the Last Six Words, Brian leads his fellow crucifixees in a spirited rendition of a British music-hall cheer-up song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." The whole Monty Python gang (Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam) are on hand in multiple roles, playing such sacred characters as Stan Called Loretta, Biggus Dickus, Deadly Dirk, Casts the First Stone, and Intensely Dull Youth; also showing up are Goon Show veteran Spike Milligan and a Liverpool musician named George Harrison. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

You might also enjoy:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
It's only a flesh wound!

Monty Python Live!
Much better than Monty Python Dead!

History of the World, Pt. 1
Covers some of the same historical, hysterical ground, in more low-brow fashion


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Laft Sew Mooch Me Stew-mick 'urts! by JPielaszczyk September 1, 2003 - 1:05 PM PDT
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0 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Warring rival blue meme factions, linking the ridiculous and the divine.

Me 'n the missus would love to see an English subtitle option on movies like this one. There's so much English--sorry!--on the actors' speech inflections, we simply cahn't keep up wi' it!
The Scottish film, Ratcatcher, was innovative in this regard by providing such subtitles. (While we're at it, I'd love to be able to balance between vocal and non-vocal sound elements of DVDs, too.)

Blessed are the cheesemakers!

This title is currently unavailable on disc or is no longer in-print.

why do we do this?




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