Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

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Released 1983

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Director:
Terry Jones
Released:
1983
Rating:
R
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is a 1983 effort by the British team famous for TV's Monty Python's Flying Circus. Combining musical numbers with irreverent comedy in a series of sketches that cover the stages of human existence, this film, directed by Terry Jones, is most reminiscent of the Flying Circus show. Told in chapters, the film takes audiences from birth to death, with satirical songs that spare no target and hilarious skits featuring the Monty Python members, often in drag and even in black-face. The song "Every Sperm is Sacred" skewers Catholicism in the opening chapter on birth. This sets the tone for the funny bits that follow, explorations of school days, war-time, middle age, organ transplantation, old age, and finally death - in which John Cleese embodies the Grim Reaper and Graham Chapman sings "Christmas in Heaven" in the guise of a cheesy Vegas lounge performer. In the closing vignette, Michael Palin wraps things up by reciting "the meaning of life," which turns out to be a list of practical platitudes.moreless
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    Carol Cleveland

    Carol Cleveland

    Beefeater Waitress / Wife of Guest 1 / Leaf Mother / Leaf Daughter / Heaven Receptionist

    Graham Chapman

    Graham Chapman

     

    Michael Palin

    Michael Palin

     

    John Cleese

    John Cleese

    Fish 2 / Dr. Spencer / Humphrey Williams / Sturridge / Ainsworth / Waiter / Eric's Assistant / Maître D' / Grim Reaper

    Terry Jones

    Terry Jones

     

    Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam

    Window Washer / Fish 4 / Walters / Middle of the Film Announcer / M'Lady Joeline / Mr. Brown / Howard Katzenberg

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dark Comedy, Parody & Spoof, multiple endings, life vs. death, funny fat guy