Life of Brian

Life of Brian

DVD - 2007
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Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films. Set in 33 A.D. Judea where the exasperated Romans try to impose order, it is a time of chaos and change with no shortage of messiahs and followers willing to believe in them. At its center is Brian Cohen, born in Bethlehem in a stable next door, who, by a series of absurd circumstances is caught up in the new religion and reluctantly mistaken for the promised messiah, providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they question everyone and everything from ex-lepers, Pontius Pilate and haggling to revolutionaries, crazy prophets, religious fanaticism, Roman centurions and crucifixion, forever changing our biblical view.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2007]
Edition: Immaculate edition.
ISBN: 9781424884025
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE LIF
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dolby digital 5.1
video file,rdaft,
DVD video
region 1,rdare,
Alternative Title: Monty Python's Life of Brian


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Mar 03, 2019

After reading Eric Idle's "sortabiography" we were looking forward to watching Life of Brian. We knew going in that it would seem dated but so what, these guys are really creative. More importantly there were no subtitles and the audio was so poor that we just couldn't get through more than fifteen minutes. To be fair, my hearing isn't what it used to be so you'll likely have better luck than me.

Jan 02, 2018

Love Monty Python and haven't watched this in years. Had to turn on subtitles but still hilarious. Wish there were more/better deleted scenes on extras.
Topical satire today with the discussion of the "Judean People's Front" vs. "People's Front of Judea", transgender, meeting bureaucracy...
Forgot that "always look on the bright side of life" is from this
I think I like Holy Grail and Meaning of Life better, but it is tough to compare they are different types of comedies...

Apr 23, 2017

Genius. And they never say Jesus' name once. A primer in religion. And very very funny.

Apr 23, 2017

Monty Python delivers the group's sharpest and smartest satire of both religion and Hollywood's epic films.

Apr 23, 2017

One of Python's best films. "I'm Brian, and so's my wife!" :)

Apr 23, 2017

To put it simple, this is one of THE funniest comedies ever made, and following the old Python tradition, it makes fun of everyone and anything. Also, if you didn't know it, this is the Python movie that also contains Eric Idle's now classic song, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

Apr 02, 2017

Monty Python’s Life of Brian is the most underrated Monty Python film, even though It’s considered to be one of their most controversial pieces of work. The film takes a satirical approach on religion and politics, while following the life of a fake messiah, Brian Cohen. Personally, I think that this film was better than Holy Grail. It was funnier and had a better plot. Life of Brian is different compared to Flying Circus, Holy Grail, and The Meaning of Life. The difference being that the film had a linear story with structure, as the others were just all over the place. I think Brian Cohen was the best performance that Graham Chapman gave in his career. It’s a classic, and I recommend everyone watch this and the other works from Monty Python.
- @reviewsfromthe9 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Python shtick, essential viewing in the '70s, has not aged well. Particularly hard to bear is Terry Jones' screeching when he appears in drag. Since this is a foundation of many Python skits, I found myself gritting my teeth often. Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate is a bright spot.

Marinetti Jun 20, 2016

Another hilarious Monty Python film- while it doesn't match the heights of " The Holy Grail " it's still a must see for fans of pure comedy gold.

Feb 20, 2016

It was good in the beginning but stale towards the end. "Holy Grail" was much better. I love the "Jehovah" joke too (Hey, don't chuck stones at me! I lonely wrote his name down!).

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Sep 26, 2013

(A crowd is listening to Jesus speak) Mrs. Big Nose: "Don't pick your nose!" Mr. Big Nose: "I wasn't pickin' my nose! I was scratchin' it!" Mrs. Big Nose: "You was pickin' it, while you was talkin' to that lady!" Mr. Big Nose: "I wasn't!" Mrs. Big Nose: "Leave it alone! Give it a rest!" Stan: "Do you mind? I can't 'ear a word he's sayin'!" Mrs. Big Nose: "Don't you 'Do you mind' me! I was talkin' to my 'usband!" Stan: "Well, go and talk to 'im somewhere else! I can't 'ear a bloody thing!" Mr. Big Nose: "Don't you swear at my wife!" Stan: "I was only askin' 'er to shut up, so we can 'ear what he's sayin', 'Big Nose'." Mrs. Big Nose: "Don't you call my 'usband 'Big Nose'!" Stan: "Well, he 'as got a big nose!" Man #1 (trying to hear Jesus): "Would you be quiet, please. What was that?" Stan: "I don't know; I was too busy talkin' to 'Big Nose'." Man #2: "I think it was: 'Blessed are the cheese-makers'!" (cont'd)

Sep 26, 2013

(A crowd is listening to Jesus speak) (cont'd) Wife: "What's so special about the cheese-makers?" Husband: "Well, obviously, it's not meant to be taken literally -- it refers to any manufacturer of... dairy products." Stan: "See? If you 'adn't been goin' on, we'd 'ave 'eard that, 'Big Nose'!" Mr. Big Nose: "Say that once more -- I'll smash your bloody face in!" Stan: "Better keep listening; might be a bit about 'Blessed are the Big Noses'." Brian: "Lay off him!" Stan: "Oh, you're not so bad yourself, cock-face... Where are you two from? 'Nose City'?" Mr. Big Nose: "One more time, mate! I'll take you to the f*ckin' cleaners!" Mrs. Big Nose: "Language! And don't pick your nose!"

Jul 16, 2012

Brian: I am NOT the Messiah!
Arthur: I say you are Lord, and I should know. I've followed a few.

Jul 16, 2012

Brian: Have I got a big nose, Mum?
Brian?s mother: Stop thinking about sex!
Brian: I wasn't!
Brian?s mother: You're always on about it. "Will the girls like this? Will the girls like that? Is it too big? Is it too small? "

Jul 16, 2012

Reg: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Attendee: Brought peace?
Reg: Oh, peace - shut up!
Reg: There is not one of us who would not gladly suffer death to rid this country of the Romans once and for all.
Dissenter: Uh, well, one.
Reg: Oh, yeah, yeah, there's one. But otherwise, we're solid.


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Jul 16, 2012

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.


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Jun 15, 2010

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