The Meaning of Life

Synopsis: 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 o
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Is mankind evolving

or is it too late

Well, tonight

here's The Meaning of Life

For millions

This life

is a sad vale of tears

Sitting round

with really nothing to say

While scientists say

We"re just

simply spiraling coils

Of self-replicating DNA

Nay, nay, nay, nay, nay, nay

Nay, nay, nay, nay

So just why

Why are we here

And just what

What, what, what do we fear

Well, ce soir for a change

It will all be made clear

For this is

The Meaning of Life

C'est le sens de la vie

This is The Meaning of Life

Part one.

The miracle of birth.

One thousand and eight!

Mrs. Moore's contractions

are more frequent, Doctor.

Good. Take her into

the fetus frightening room.


Jolly good.

It's a bit bare in here today, isn't it?

Yes. Yes. More

apparatus, please, N urse.

The EEG, the BP monitor and

the AVV. Certainly, Doctor.

And get the machine

that goes "ping. "

And get the most expensive machines

in case the administrator comes.

That's it. Bring it in. Bring

it right here. Behind me.

Lovely, lovely.

Jolly good. That's better.

That's much, much better.

Yes, that's more like it.

Still something

missing, though.

H mm?

H mm.


Patient, yes.

Where's the patient? Patient!

Anyone seen the patient?

Here she is.

Bring it over here.

Mind the machines!

Sorry, Doctor.

Come along!

Come along.

J ump on it.

Hello. Now don't you worry.

We'll soon have you cured.

Leave it all to us. You'll

never know what hit you.



Drips up.


Can I put the tube

in the baby's head?

Only if I can

do the episiotomy.


Thank you.

Legs up.

Oh, come in. Come on in, all

of you. That's it. Jolly good.

Come on. Come along. Spread round there.

Who are you?

I'm the husband.

I'm sorry. Only people

involved are allowed in here.

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Graham Arthur Chapman (8 January 1941 – 4 October 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, author and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python. He played authority figures such as the Colonel and the lead role in two Python films, Holy Grail and Life of Brian. more…

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