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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life Details

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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 and share writing responsibilities, while Jones is in the director's chair this time out. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 1, 1983

Cast

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

Crew

Terry Gilliam
Director
Terry Jones
Director
John Goldstone
Producer
Michael Palin
Screenwriter
John Cleese
Screenwriter
Eric Idle
Screenwriter
Terry Jones
Screenwriter
Terry Gilliam
Screenwriter
Graham Chapman
Screenwriter
Graham Chapman
Composer (Music Score)
Terry Jones
Composer (Music Score)
John Cleese
Composer (Music Score)
Eric Idle
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Palin
Composer (Music Score)
Dave Howman
Composer (Music Score)
Julian Doyle
Editor
Harry Lange
Production Designer
Richard Dawking
Production Designer
Ray Corbett
Art Director
Jim Acheson
Costume Designer
James Acheson
Costume Designer
Terry Gilliam
Special Effects
Terry Gilliam
Animator
Arlene Phillips
Choreography
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