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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John Cleese

John Cleese

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

Eric Idle

Eric Idle

Star

Matt Frewer

Matt Frewer

Cornered Executive who Jumps

Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Star

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