Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

Terry Jones (1983)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This pick 'n' mix selection of comedy sketches by the anarchic, surrealistic team of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman explores the stages of human existence, ranging from conception to death. It's British humour at its most tasteless and occasionally brilliant - the sequence in which a financial institution is boarded by swashbuckling pirates is superb, while the one in which a glutton explosively overeats is wholly nasty. An acquired taste.


A series of sketches examining mankind's secrets and taboos through the trials of life from conception to death. Surreal comedy, starring the Python team of Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Featuring introductory short film The Crimson Permanent Assurance.

Cast & Crew

Various characters Michael Palin
Various characters Graham Chapman
Various characters John Cleese
Various characters Terry Gilliam
Various characters Eric Idle
Various characters Terry Jones
Heaven greeter Carol Cleveland
Cedric Simon Jones
Director Terry Jones
Director Terry Gilliam
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: May be edited for language, violence and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray