Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

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The Meaning of Life is without a doubt the most tasteless of the Monty Python feature films; it also happens to be one of the funniest. Life's questions are answered in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a pre-credits sequence at a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. One of our favorite bits involve the National Health doctors who try to claim a healthy liver from a still-living donor, pointing out that there's nothing in his contract preventing this. And of course, there's the scene with the world's most voracious glutton, who brings the art of vomiting to new heights before his spectacular demise. Be warned: though hilarious, this may be the grossest bit of comedy filmmaking ever conceived (there aren't enough words in the world to describe it in detail!). Loyal Pythonites Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin star in The Meaning of Life and share writing responsibilities, while Jones is in the director's chair this time out.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


  • Graham Chapman
  • John Cleese
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Eric Idle
  • Terry Jones
  • Michael Palin
  • Carol Cleveland
  • Simon Jones
  • Patricia Quinn
  • Judy Loe

Did You Know?


  • While writing this movie, the Pythons decided to take a break and put on some shows at the Hollywood Bowl. They were filmed and released as Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982).
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  • In the classroom scene, the young student seated in the rear right corner appears and disappears three times.
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    • Hospital Administrator: And what are you doing this morning?
    • Obstetrician: It's a birth.
    • Hospital Administrator: Ah. And what sort of thing is that?
    • Dr. Spenser: Well, that's where we take a new baby out of a lady's tummy.
    • Hospital Administrator: Wonderful what we can do nowdays.
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