Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

Sean Maguire as kid

Genre: Comedy, Musical
Running Time: 107 min.
Release Date: 31 March 1983 (USA)
Director: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
Producer(s): John Goldstone
Screenplay: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, …

Synopsis

The stages of life are told through multiple sketches and songs by the British comedy troupe. The seven parts of life cover birth, growing up, war, middle age, organ transplants, old age and death. Not all stages are singular: “Part I: The Miracle of Birth” is from the perspective of an ignored woman in labor, and of a Roman Catholic couple with too many children, and “Part VII: Death” encompasses a funeral and heaven. Added are three unrelated skits placed in the beginning, middle and end.

Trivia

  • Sean and some of his siblings appear in the musical number Every Sperm Is Sacred.

Awards

  • Won the Grand Prize of the Jury (Terry Jones) and nominated for Palme d’Or (Terry Jones) at Cannes Film Festival in 1983
  • Nominated for Best Original Song (Every Sperm Is Sacred) at BAFTA Awards in 1984