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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life


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MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Director: Terry Gilliam

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.

Cast :

  • Graham Chapman
  • Fish #1 / Obstetrician / Harry Blackitt / Wymer / Hordern / General / Narrator #2 / Dr. Livingstone / Strange woman / Eric / Coles / Chairman / Guest #4 / Arthur Jarrett / Geoffrey / Tony Bennett
  • John Cleese
  • Fish #2 / Dr. Spenser / Humphrey Williams / Sturridge / Ainsworth / Waiter / Man / Maitre D / Grim Reaper
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Fish #4 / Walters / Zulu announcer / M'Lady Joeline / Mr. Brown / Howard Katzenberg / Window Washer
  • Eric Idle
  • Fish #3 / Singer / Mr. Moore / Mrs. Blackitt / Watson / Atkison / Perkins / Victim #3 / Front End / Mrs. Hendy / Man in pink / Noel Coward / Gaston / Angela
  • Terry Jones
  • Fish #6 / Mum / Priest / Biggs / Sergeant / Strange man / Mrs. Brown / Mr. Creosote / Maria / Bert / Leaf #1 / Fiona Portland-Smyth
  • Michael Palin
  • Fish #5 / Mr. Pycroft / Dad / Narrator #1 / Chaplain / Carter / Spadger / Sergeant Major / Pakenham-Walsh / Rear End / Lady presenter / Mr. Marvin Hendy / Harry / Padre / Debbie Katzenberg / Window Wa
Producers :
John Goldstone
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