Life of Brian Script
Scene 10: Before the Romans Things Were Smelly
FRANCIS: We're gettin' in through the underground heating
system here, up through into the main audience chamber here, and
Pilate's wife's bedroom is here. Having grabbed his wife, we inform
Pilate that she is in our custody and forthwith issue our demands. Any
COMMANDO XERXES: What exactly are the demands?
REG: We're giving Pilate two days to dismantle the entire
apparatus of the Roman Imperialist State, and if he doesn't agree
immediately, we execute her.
MATTHIAS: Cut her head off?
FRANCIS: Cut all her bits off. Send 'em back on the hour every
hour. Show them we're not to be trifled with.
REG: Also, we're demanding a ten foot mahogany statue of the
Emperor Julius Caesar with his dock hangin' out.
LORETTA: What? They'll never agree to that, Reg.
REG: That's just a bar-- a bargaining counter. And of course,
we point out that they bear full responsibility when we chop her up, and
that we shall not submit to blackmail!
COMMANDOS: No blackmail!
REG: They've bled us white, the bastards. They've taken
everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our
LORETTA: And from our fathers' fathers' fathers.
LORETTA: And from our fathers' fathers' fathers' fathers.
REG: Yeah. All right, Stan. Don't labour the point. And what
have they ever given us in return?!
XERXES: The aqueduct?
XERXES: The aqueduct.
REG: Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true.
COMMANDO #3: And the sanitation.
LORETTA: Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city
used to be like?
REG: Yeah. All right. I'll grant you the aqueduct and the
sanitation are two things that the Romans have done.
MATTHIAS: And the roads.
REG: Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go
without saying, don't they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct,
and the roads--
COMMANDOS: Huh? Heh? Huh...
COMMANDO #2: Education.
REG: Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
COMMANDO #1: And the wine.
COMMANDOS: Oh, yes. Yeah...
FRANCIS: Yeah. Yeah, that's something we'd really miss, Reg,
if the Romans left. Huh.
COMMANDO: Public baths.
LORETTA: And it's safe to walk in the streets at night now,
FRANCIS: Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let's
face it. They're the only ones who could in a place like this.
COMMANDOS: Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
REG: All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine,
education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system,
and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
XERXES: Brought peace.
REG: Oh. Peace? Shut up!
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MATTHIAS: I am a poor man. My sight is poor. My legs are old
and bent, and--
JUDITH: It's all right, Matthias.
MATTHIAS: It's all clear.
JUDITH: Well, where's Reg?
FRANCIS: Oh, Reg. Reg, it's Judith.
REG: What went wrong?
JUDITH: The first blow has been struck!
REG: Did he finish the slogan?
JUDITH: A hundred times, in letters ten foot high, all the way
around the palace!
REG: Oh, great. Great. We-- we need doers in our movement,
Brian, but, before you join us, know this. There is not one of us here
who would not gladly suffer death to rid this country of the Romans once
and for all.
COMMANDO: Uhh. Well, one.
REG: Oh, yeah. Yeah, there's one, but otherwise, we're solid.
Are you with us?
REG: From now on, you shall be called 'Brian that is called
Brian'. Tell him about the raid on Pilate's palace, Francis.
FRANCIS: Right. This is the plan...