Monty Python's Life of Brian: Suicide Squad Scene

NOTE: This scene was filmed, but it wound up 'on the cutting-room floor' and did not appear in the movie when it was released. If it had appeared in the film it would have been between scenes 19 and 20.

OTTO: Hail, Leader!

BRIAN: What?

OTTO: Oh, I-- I'm so sorry. Have you see ze new Leader?

BRIAN: The what?

OTTO: The new Leader. I wish to find him and hail him. Hail, Leader. See?

BRIAN: Who are you?

OTTO: Uh, my name is... Otto.

BRIAN: Oh. Otto.

OTTO: Yes.

BRIAN: Well, I'm not sure, but I...

OTTO: Oh, I grow so impatient, you know. To see the Leader that has been promised our people for centuries. The Leader who will save Israel by ridding it of the scum of non-Jewish people, sniff making it pure! No foreigners; no riff-raff; no gypsies.

BRIAN: Shh! Otto!

OTTO: What? The Leader? Hail Leader!

BRIAN: No, no, it's dangerous.

OTTO: Oh. Danger? There's no danger. Men! [drum march] Impressive, eh?


OTTO: Oh, yes! We are a thoroughly trained suicide squad.


OTTO: Oh, yes! We can commit suicide within twenty seconds.

BRIAN: Twenty seconds?

OTTO: You don't believe me?


OTTO: I think you question me.

BRIAN: No, no, no.

OTTO: I can see you do not believe me.

BRIAN: No, no. I do.

OTTO: Enough! I'll prove it to you. Squad!


OTTO: Commit... suicide!

CAPTAIN: Two. Three. One! Two. Three. One! Two. Three. One! Two. Three. One!

J.P.F.: [groaning]

OTTO: See?


OTTO: I think now you'll believe me. Yes?

BRIAN: Yes. Very impressive.

OTTO: I think now I prove it to you, huh?


OTTO: All dead.


OTTO: Not one living. He's dead... and he's dead. See? I tread on him. He's dead and he's dead and he's dead. They're all dead. All dead good Jewish boys. No foreigners! But their names will live forever! Helmut, Johnny, the little guy... the-- er-- the other fat one. Their names will live eventually forever.

OTTO: Wait a minute. There's somebody here who's not dead. There's somebody here who is only pretending to be dead. Stand up, you.



OTTO: Who said 'ow'?!

RANDOM: Uhhlm.

OTTO: You're not dead either. Neither are you! Stand up! Stand up. You're not dead. Oh, my heck! Stand up! Stand up, all of you! Oh, my heck, is there not even one dead?!

HELMUT: No, sir. Not one.

OTTO: Why not?!

HELMUT: We thought it was a practice, sir.

OTTO: But all the bleeding and the groaning?

HELMUT: Little secreted sheeps' bladders, sir.

OTTO: Oh, my cock! Sheeps' bladders?!


OTTO: You are sour! A non-Semitic, mutinous, racially impure, cloth-eared bunch of Roman-lovers!

HELMUT: Sorry, sir.

OTTO: Tomorrow, as a punishment, you will all eat... pork sausages!

J.P.F.: groaning

HELMUT: Oh, no.

OTTO: All right. Tell ze Leader that we are ready to die for him ze moment he gives ze sign.

BRIAN: What sign?

OTTO: The sign that is the sign. That shall be the sign. Men! Forward!

[drum march]

J.P.F.: [singing] There's a man we call our Leader.
He's fine and strong and brave,
And we'll follow him unquestioning
Towards an early grave.
He gives us hope of sacrifice
And a chance to die in vain,
And if we're one of the lucky ones,
We'll live to die again.

BRIAN: Silly bugger.