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Storyline

Why are we here, what’s it all about? The Monty Python-team is trying to sort out the most important question on Earth: what is the meaning of life? They do so by exploring the various stages of life, starting with birth. A doctor seems more interested in his equipment than in delivering the baby or caring for the mother, a Roman Catholic couple have quite a lot of children because ‘every sperm is sacred’. In the growing and learning part of life, catholic schoolboys attend a rather strange church service and ditto sex education lesson. Onto war, where an officer’s plan to attack is thwarted by his underlings wanting to celebrate his birthday and an officer’s leg is bitten off by presumably an African tiger. At middle age a couple orders ‘philosophy’ at a restaurant, after which the film continues with live organ transplants. The autumn years are played in a restaurant, which, after being treated to the song ‘Isn’t It Awfully Nice to Have a Penis?’ by an entertainer, sees the arrival …
Written by
Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It took God six days to create the earth, and Monty Python just 90 minutes to screw it up.

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Details

Release Date:

31 March 1983 (USA)

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Also Known As:

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000
(estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,987,853,
3 April 1983

Gross USA:

$14,929,552

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,949,697

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

107 min|
112 min
(2003 restored director’s cut)

Color:

Color

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Thirty years after it was written, Eric Idle and physicist Prof. Brian Cox re-wrote the lyrics to the Galaxy song. They decided it needed an update because subsequent scientific discoveries meant much of the information in the original song was no longer accurate. It was performed as part of the Python’s farewell shows at the O2 arena in London in 2014.

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Goofs

The organ harvester tell’s the man’s widow that he has to be dead to donate his liver. While the man will almost certainly die from being cut open the way the way he was, one doesn’t need to be dead to donate their liver. Unlike other internal organs, the liver can regenerate lost tissue, so he could have donated half of his liver and survived.

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Quotes

Sergeant Major

:
Is there something YOU’D all rather be doing than marching about the square? You’d all rather be at the pictures, I suppose.

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Everyone agrees

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Sergeant Major

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Well, off you go.

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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the title is initially written as “MEANING OF LIFF”, then a lightning strike corrects that to “LIFE”. A book, “The Meaning of Liff”, written by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd was published in 1983.

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Alternate Versions

The Director’s Cut has three more scenes. The first is after the scene with the Protestant couple talking about condoms. It is the Adventures of Martin Luther. The second scene comes between the marching around the square scene and the Zulu army scene. It is a promotional video about the British army. The third and last is an extension of the the American characters that Eric Idle and Michael Palin do. They are shown their room and talk about tampons.

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Soundtracks

The Meaning of Life

Lyrics by

Eric Idle

Music by

Eric IdleJohn Du Prez

Performed by

Eric Idle
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