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Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.
According to Michael Palin's diaries, he, Graham Chapman and Eric Idle strongly favored the title "Brian of Nazareth." It was never used, perhaps to avoid comparisons with Jesus of Nazareth (1977), whose leftover sets were used for parts of this film. When the film was released in Italy in the early 1990s, ... ...
Wise Man #1:
Brian's mother: Oh!
Brian's mother: Who are you?
Wise Man #2: We are three wise men.
Brian's mother: What?
Wise Man #1: We are three wise men.
Brian's mother: Well, what are you doing creeping around a cow shed at two o'clock in the morning? That doesn't sound very wise to me.
Pontius Pilate is portrayed as having a palace in Jerusalem. Although one would easily assume this, due to his role in the New Testament, he actually resided in Caesarea, which was the Roman capital of the Judean province. There are historical mentions of Pilate visiting Jerusalem, but he never lived there.
At the end of Idle's song "Bright Side Of Life" we can hear him saying "It's the end of the film. Incidently this record's available in the foyer. Some of us have got to live as well you know. Who do you think pays for all this rubbish? They'll never make their money back, you know. I told him, I said to him, Bernie, I said, they'll never make their money back... That should give you enough."
$26,376 (USA) (2 May 2004)
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