Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

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Cast: Graham Chapman, 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

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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.

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Though their work as a television comedy troupe ended in 1974, Monty Python would intermittently reunite for features, including 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1979's The Life of Brian, and 1983's The Meaning of Life. Unlike Brian, their most cohesive effort, Meaning is a likably scattershot collection of vignettes, reminiscent of the Monty Python's Flying Circus series and their first film, 1971's And Now for Something Completely Different. The film swings wildly between pointed hilarity and just plain silliness; the humor is also notably coarser and more vulgar their previous work, exemplified by the classic scene with a gastrologically challenged overeater. In this outing, the directing tasks were handed over to Terry Jones, but Meaning retains the idiosyncratic visual style established by longtime Python director Terry Gilliam. The comedy unexpectedly garnered the Grand Jury Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
UPC:
0025192894329
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
6,333

Special Features

Eric Idle introduction; Hilarious feature commentary with Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam; Soundtrack for the Lonely: a soundtrack for people watching at home alone; Director's cut with 3 deleted scenes

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Meaning of Life
2. Birth
3. Birth in the Third World
4. The Protestant View
5. Religious Education
6. Sex Education
7. Physical Education
8. Fighting Each Other
9. Military Education
10. Officers & Gentlemen
11. A Tiger
12. Find the Fish
13. Philosophy a la Carte
14. The Liver Donor
15. The Galaxy
16. The Very Big Corporation of America
17. Mr. Creosote: The Joy of Fat
18. The Meaning of It All
19. The Good Death Guide
20. Autumn Leaves
21. The Grim Reaper
22. Stairway to Heaven
23. Christmas in Heaven
24. The End of the Film

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Monty Python's the Meaning of Life 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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
THIS MOVIE IS SOOOO FUNNY! THE SCENE WHERE THE FAT GUY BLOWS UP MADE ME TINKLE IN MY UNDEROOS.
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
A perfect showing of a MP comedy. The best of all Monty Python movies. A must see!
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).