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The Meaning of Life (1983)
Comedy / Musical / Fantasy (more)
Tagline: It took God six days to create the earth, and Monty Python just 90 minutes to screw it up.
Plot Outline: The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way. (more) (view trailer)
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7.4/10 (14,395 votes)
|Graham Chapman|| .... ||Fish #1/Obstetrician/Harry Blackitt/Wymer/Hordern/General/Narrator #2/Dr. Livingstone/Strange woman/Eric/Coles/Chairman/Guest #4/Arthur Jarrett/Geoffrey/Tony Bennett|
|John Cleese|| .... ||Fish #2/Dr. Spenser/Humphrey Williams/Sturridge/Ainsworth/Waiter/Man/Maitre D/Grim Reaper|
|Terry Gilliam|| .... ||Fish #4/Walters/Zulu announcer/M'Lady Joeline/Mr. Brown/Howard Katzenberg/Window Washer|
|Eric Idle|| .... ||Fish #3/Singer/Mr. Moore/Mrs. Blackitt/Watson/Atkison/Perkins/Victim #3/Front End/Mrs. Hendy/Man in pink/Noel Coward/Gaston/Angela|
|Terry Jones|| .... ||Fish #6/Mum/Priest/Biggs/Sergeant/Strange man/Mrs. Brown/Mr. Creosote/Maria/Bert/Leaf #1/Fiona Portland-Smyth|
|Michael Palin|| .... ||Fish #5/Mr. Pycroft/Dad/Narrator #1/Chaplain/Carter/Spadger/Sergeant Major/Pakenham-Walsh/Rear End/Lady presenter/Mr. Marvin Hendy/Harry/Padre/Debbie Katzenberg/Window Washer|
|Carol Cleveland|| .... ||Wife of Guest #4/Heaven greeter|
|Simon Jones|| .... ||Jeremy Portland-Smythe|
|Patricia Quinn|| .... ||Mrs. Williams|
|Judy Loe|| .... ||Nurse #1|
|Andrew MacLachlan|| .... ||Groom|
|Mark Holmes|| .... ||Severed head|
|Valerie Whittington|| .... ||Mrs. Moore|
|Jennifer Franks|| .... ||Bride|
|Imogen Bickford-Smith|| .... ||Nurse #2|
Also Known As:
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (UK) (complete title)
107 min / Germany:112 min (2003 restored director's cut)
Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2003) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Australia:M / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-16 / Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) / Ireland:15 (re-rating) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 (re-rating) / Norway:16 (original rating) / Singapore:M18 (cut) / Sweden:15 / UK:15 (video re-rating) (2000) / UK:18 (original rating) / USA:R / West Germany:16
In the Find The Fish sketch, Terry Jones and Graham Chapman are joined by a green, elephant-like waiter creature that was a left over (unseen) costume from Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits (1981).
Continuity: In the war sequence, the soldiers give their sergeant a clock which is placed on the edge of the mound they are hiding behind and is clearly visible. In the next shot, the clock is gone.
During the night, old Perkins got his leg bitten sort of... off.
Ah, been in the wars, have we?
Ah, any headache? Bowels all right? Hm. Well, let's have a look at this "one leg" of yours, then, eh? Yes, yes, yes, yes. Yes, yes...
[Pokes the stump with his pipe]
Yes yes. Yes, well, this is nothing to worry about.
Yes, there's a lot of it around, probably a virus. Keep warm, plenty of rest, and if you're playing football or anything, try and favor the other leg.
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award.
Another 1 win
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Looking For Answers? No Better Place To Look Than Here..., 23 August 2004
hokeybutt from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE (4 outta 5 stars)
I never really thought this was anywhere near the best work of the
Pythons... but, the more I see this movie, the more I like it. People not
in tune with the Python sense of humour will find this film unbearable I'm
sure. (When I saw it in the theatre when it first came out there were an
incredible numbers of walkouts... even *before* the infamous "Mr. Creosote"
scene.) Not an actual movie so much as an extended (and
expensively-produced) episode of the classic BBC TV series "Monty Python's
Flying Circus"... depicting several stages in the lives of human beings,
from birth to death. There are some hilarious bits (the sex education
class, Death crashing a dinner party), some clever bits (the opening fish
skit, the show-stopping dance number "Every Sperm is Sacred") and some just
plain gross, disgusting bits (Mr. Creosote, organ donations). Plus, the
movie has its own special short subject "The Crimson Permanent Assurance"...
where an accounting office staffed by aging workerbees suddenly
metamorphosizes into a pirate ship! Most people find this bit incredibly
boring and pointless... but, dang, its cleverly done!
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