2000 years ago, three wise men enter a manger where a babe is wrapped in swaddling clothes. It is an infant named Brian... and the three wise men are in the wrong manger. For the rest of his life, Brian 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. Ultimately he is brought before Pontius Pilate and sentenced to crucifixion, which takes place at that crowded, non-exclusive 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'.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 34m

Budget $4,000,000.00

Revenue $20,045,115.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • August 16, 1979
    R, Theatrical



Cast 19

  1. Graham Chapman

    Graham Chapman
    Brian Cohen

  2. John Cleese

    John Cleese

  3. Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam

  4. Eric Idle

    Eric Idle
    Mr. Cheeky

  5. Terry Jones

    Terry Jones
    Mandy Cohen

  6. Michael Palin

    Michael Palin
    Wise Man #3

  7. TB
  8. Carol Cleveland

    Carol Cleveland
    Mrs. Gregory

  9. Kenneth Colley
  10. Neil Innes

    Neil Innes
    A Weedy Samaritan

  11. Charles McKeown

    Charles McKeown
    False Prophet / Blind Man / Giggling Guard / Stig

  12. JY

    John Young

  13. Gwen Taylor

    Gwen Taylor
    Mrs. Big Nose

  14. Sue Jones-Davies

    Sue Jones-Davies
    Judith Iscariot

  15. JC

    John Case
    Pilate's Wife

  16. AM

    Andrew MacLachlan
    Another Official Stoners Helper / Giggling Guard

  17. BM

    Bernard McKenna
    Parvus / Official Stoners Helper / Giggling Guard

  18. George Harrison

    George Harrison
    Mr. Papadopolous

  19. Chris Langham

    Chris Langham
    Alfonso / Giggling Guard

Crew 22


  1. Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam
    Production Design

  2. RC

    Roger Christian
    Art Direction


  1. PB

    Peter Biziou
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. CK

    Charles Knode
    Costume Design

  2. HP

    Hazel Pethig
    Costume Design

  3. KB

    Kenteas Brine
    Makeup Artist


  1. Terry Jones

    Terry Jones


  1. JD

    Julian Doyle


  1. JG

    John Goldstone

  2. TB

    Tarak Ben Ammar
    Executive Producer

  3. TH

    Tim Hampton
    Associate Producer

  4. George Harrison

    George Harrison
    Executive Producer

  5. DO

    Denis O'Brien
    Executive Producer


  1. GB

    Geoffrey Burgon
    Original Music Composer

  2. TO

    Tony Orton
    Sound Effects Editor

Visual Effects

  1. KH

    Kent Houston
    Visual Effects


  1. Graham Chapman

    Graham Chapman

  2. John Cleese

    John Cleese

  3. Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam

  4. Eric Idle

    Eric Idle

  5. Terry Jones

    Terry Jones

  6. Michael Palin

    Michael Palin

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