Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

Terry Gilliam
 Cast: Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
, Terry Jones
Terry Jones
, Graham Chapman
Graham Chapman
, John Cleese
John Cleese

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2018
UPC: 0191329070284
Original Release: 1983
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 7,356

Special Features

Blu-Ray Exclusives: ; The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion - in this hilarious hour-long featurette, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam look back ath the last movie they made together and reflect on the meaning of life, death, comedy, recognition and fish.; Sing-Along version; ; Bonus Features: ; Prologue with Eric Idle; The meaning of making The Meaning of Life; Feature commentary with Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam; Soundtrack for the lonely; Snipped bits; Un Film de John Cleese; Education tips; Song and dance; Songs unsung; And much more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Graham Chapman First Fish, Tony
John Cleese Second Fish, Grim
Terry Gilliam Donor,Howard,Max,Private Walters,Third Fish
Eric Idle Fourth Fish
Terry Jones Fifth Fish,Mrs. Brown
Michael Palin Carter,Chaplain,Father,Sixth Fish, Lady,Spadger
Carol Cleveland Headmaster's wife
Simon Jones Chadwick, Jeremy
Patricia Quinn Mrs. Williams
Mark Holmes A Severed Head,
Valerie Whittington Mrs Moore
Jennifer Franks Actor
Imogen Bickford-Smith Second Nurse
Angela Mann Actor
Peter Lovstrom Young Man
Victoria Plum Actor
Anne Rosenfeld Actor
George Silver Creosotish Man
Matt Frewer Actor
Andrew Maclachlan Groom
John Scott Martin Actor
Myrtle Devenish Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Animator,Screenwriter,Special Effects
Terry Jones Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Graham Chapman Score Composer,Screenwriter
John Cleese Score Composer,Screenwriter
Ray Corbett Art Director
Richard Dawking Production Designer
Julian Doyle Editor
John Du Prez Score Composer
George Gibbs Special Effects
John Goldstone Producer
Peter Hannan Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Dave Howman Score Composer
Eric Idle Score Composer,Screenwriter
André Jacquemin Score Composer
Harry Lange Production Designer
Michael Palin Score Composer,Screenwriter
Arlene Phillips Choreography

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Monty Python's the Meaning of Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too funny for words.
Sky_0606 More than 1 year ago
All I have to say is greatest opening scene ever, Otherwise film is full of hit or miss humor. Not the best Monty Python film made.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A perfect showing of a MP comedy. The best of all Monty Python movies. A must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the best of Monty Python's work! A few scenes fall flat but several of them you'll remember, with a goofy smile, forever - especially the sex education class and the musical swipe at the Catholic Church's prohibition on birth control. The meaning of life, it turns out, is to enjoy every moment you can of it and not take it all too seriously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie so much...I flip back and forth on if this is my favorite or if The Holy Grail is. But there are so many funny, different scenes in this one---from the "machine that goes 'bing!", to the fat guy exploding, to the "every sperm is sacred" scene---you will laugh out loud. If you don't, you probably don't have a pulse.
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When we went to see this movie, it was partly to get out of the heat. There were 16 people there. As the movie progressed, some of the people left. Our group thought it was hilariously funny. I was in my 50's at the time with my 20 to 30 year old children. We all liked it. I might add that my children were National Merit finalists. I think I can only recommend this movie to smart people who can understand the paradoxes and subtle jokes.
dasz More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie when it came out in the early 80's. Guess I only remembered a few funny scenes because most of this movie is typical British "junior high" sexual jokes/humor (think Benny Hill).